Speaking on the possibility of trying his hand at a career in Hollywood, Doctor Who star Matt Smith told VH-1 earlier this month that he’s “got another year of Doctor Who, but then [he’s] certainly going to come and give it a shot – come and hang out in L.A.”

Back in 2008, when David Tennant appeared to be ready to give up the iconic sci-fi television role, and on the heels of the selection of Barack Obama as president-elect, there was widespread speculation that Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Survivors, Blood and Oil) was a shoe-in to become the first black Doctor.

Obviously– despite the rampant Internet rumors– Joseph was not offered the role.

The popular BBC show, which airs here on BBC-America, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2013, the year Smith’s contract is up.

While Smith hasn’t officially announced whether he’ll stay or go, and Joseph’s name hasn’t publicly been mentioned as a forerunner to replace him, it isn’t too early to wonder if it could ever happen.

Has the euphoria of Obama’s election worn off to the point that Paterson Joseph is no longer seen as a viable contender for the role of Doctor Who?

To the Doctor Who fans reading this, “Do you think the show would maintain its popularity if a black actor was cast as the Doctor?”