As someone with red hair, a curse I’ve had my whole life, I find this all rather amusing.
While I have personally faced anti-redhed discrimination in my time – the Brits are apparently way more anti-redhead than Americans. Anglophile factoid the British call redheaded people ‘ginger.’ In the USA we simply say redhead.
When the Doctor regenerated at the end of the New Year’s special, he lamented that he still did not have read hair. I thought it was a positive thing for such a big cultural figure to want to have red hair.
Some people, overtly sensitive people – 143 in fact – seemed to misunderstand the meaning of the line and complained to the BBC.
In good humor, the BBC responded with a statement that it wasn’t Anti-Ginger.
A statement from the BBC said:
â€œWe would like to reassure viewers that Doctor Who doesn’t have an anti ginger agenda whatsoever. This was a reprise of the line in the Christmas Invasion episode in 2005, when David Tennant discovers that he’s not ginger, and here he is, missing out again – disappointed he’s still not ginger. In addition, the Doctor’s previous companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and his new one Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) are both redheads.
Ginger people must certainly continue to keep an eye on the BBC and their secret anti-ginger agenda.