Deaf Actress Featured as Central Character in Dr Who
|Toby Whithouse, the writer of BBC TV series Doctor Who, included a Deaf character in the latest episodes of the current Doctor Who series: “Under the Lake”. On this week’s episode of Dr Who, Deaf actress Sophie Stone played the role of group leader Cass.This is the first time a Deaf character has appeared in the history of Doctor Who. What was positive about her role was it wasn’t just about being the deaf woman. She had plenty of other characteristics that were unrelated to her Deafness, and the role was not sympathetic or vulnerable. One blogger wrote “Cass is tough and is able to reach fast, but logically sound decisions during crisis–like many characters of leaders during crisis.
She is also fiercely loyal to, and protective of the group of people she commands. Although these tropes are common to leaders during crisis in fiction, they are very much not common to characters with disabilities.”
The BBC have released some behind the scenes footage of this episode including interviews with Sophie.