So I’m working my way through the first few seasons of Torchwood and Dr. Who, and I am noticing that there appears to be an extraordinary number of inter-racial relationships, at least relative to what I see in my day to day experience in the US. With the first one or two that I saw I was encouraged that BBC was showing such relationships as a normal part of everyday life and a breaking of stereotypes. But once I noticed that it seems at least 50% of the relationships are interracial it becomes unrealistic (not that time traveling police boxes are more realistic) and almost ludicrous and could be part of a drinking game. Drink if the 3rd Doctor reverses the polarity, Drink if the 4 Doctor uses a service shaft to escape, Drink if the tenth Doctor meets an interracial couple.
I guess my first question, primarily to British dopers, is whether my perception that this is an unrealistic portrayal of British demographics is correct, or if there really are that high a percentage of Interracial couples?
If I am correct, is it just Dr Who and Torchwood, or are other BBC shows also actively promoting interracial relations?
Further is this something that the producers have come out an stated that they are explicitly trying to do or is it just something they have done passively?
Disclaimer: as far as I am concerned people should be able to be in a relationship/marry anyone they want regardless of gender or race. I draw the line a inter-species dating and alien-human hybrids squick me out.
Finally is this in reaction to particularly strong anti-miscegenation sentiment in Britain that they are trying to counteract or is it based on generally rejecting racial stereotypes?