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MANY names have been put forward to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who, including Dame Helen Mirren, Idris Elba and current hot favourite Rory Kinnear.
Michael Jackson is not a name ‘Who-vians’ have widely considered before today. But it has been suggested the King of Pop was once a genuine contender for a spell in the Tardis. Can this possibly be true? Here are five key questions about the weirdest casting choice in this universe or any other.
Was ‘Jacko’ a serious choice? Believe it or not, yes. In his new book, Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema, author Charles Norton reveals that Paramount Pictures had agreed to back a Doctor Who film on condition that the title role went to Michael Jackson, The Times reports. Though the choice seems batty now, it made more sense (well, relatively) at the time. Jackson had just appeared in the Warner Brothers hit Moonwalker and was hot to trot at the box office.
Was he the only choice? He was the first choice, but according to Peter Litten, co-founder of British production company Daltenreys, American comedian Bill Cosby was also considered if Jackson was unavailable.
Would Jackson have done it? Yes, he would. Radio Times says the pop star was “quite keen” to become Time Lord. Sadly, audiences were denied the opportunity of seeing the Thriller singer wielding a sonic screwdriver because the project was scrapped before making it to the silver screen.
So, we’ll never see a Jackson in the Tardis? Unlikely, although Michael’s daughter Paris was mistakenly linked to the role. After hearing that Matt Smith was quitting Doctor Who, she tweeted: “omg I wanna be The Doctor … they said any age and gender, right?” Within hours the Daily Star had published a story under the headline : ‘Jacko’s Girl Lined Up To Be New Dr Who’. It was all rubbish, of course. “That conversation escalated quickly,” tweeted an astonished Paris.
How would Jackson’s Doctor Who have ranked in the pantheon of great Time Lords? The Guardian calls Paramount’s Jackson Doctor Who project “one of the weirdest casting decisions of all time”, but can’t help wondering if Jackson might have been better as a Doctor Who villain. Meanwhile, Den of Geek points out that it’s quite a stretch to assume the acting talents Jackson displayed in Moonwalking would make him a contender for the critically-acclaimed Doctor Who franchise. “A quality Venn diagram is just waiting to be drawn there,” it says.
In November 2011, “Harry Potter” director David Yates revealed to Daily Variety that he was about to start working on a big-screen version of the series.
“We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena,” he said.
However, the series’ showrunner, Steven Moffat, later denied Yates’ claims, saying that the talk was “all some weird fantasy going on somewhere.”
Last month, BBC announced that Smith, who played the Eleventh Doctor, will leave the show at the end of this year. The actor, along with fan favorites Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) and companion Billie Piper are slated to appear in Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special on Nov. 23.
The show just completed part 2 of season seven in May.
‘Doctor Who’ Explained in 25 GIFs
Before you join the Whovian fleet, you must first understand the Time Lord who started it all.
“Classic” Doctor Who started in the ’60s and ended in 1989.
BBC revived the show in 2005, amassing a gigantic following.
Over the past 50 years, there have been 11 Doctors. While the actors change, the character doesn’t.
That’s because he regenerates into another body.
The current Doctor is played by Matt Smith.
The Doctor travels in a time machine called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space).
He carries a tool called a Sonic Screwdriver.
Sometimes he falls in love with her.
Or she falls in love with him.
Other times they’re like brother and sister.
And then you have the Ponds (long story with strange dynamics).
But they all eventually leave, and everyone cries.
Now Clara is the next companion. We don’t know a lot about her yet.
The Doctor also has Dr. River Song, with whom he’s “friendly” (but we won’t spoil that story).
The Daleks destroyed the Doctor’s planet. He’s the only Time Lord left in the universe.
Daleks are terrifying, but they aren’t the only enemy. There’s also Cybermen…
SO. MANY. ENEMIES.
But as long as we have a Time Lord, humans will be safe.
Oh, and P.S…