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I can barely bring myself to propogate this rumour in any way, however you know I have a job to do. So: some outlets are linking some short guy called Tom Cruise or something to a role in Doctor Who.

Once you’ve picked yourself up off the floor, let’s have a look at the evidence – and bare in mind this comes from The Star, via in this instance EntertainmentWise.com.

Apparently Cruise is among a raft of top Hollywood stars on a list including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Madonna that the BBC are allegedly hoping to appear in three installments of Doctor Who to be filmed next year.

This reports alludes to the 3 specials set for broadcast in 2009, so IF these reports were true, we would be looking at the “appearance” of Cruise/Pitt/Jolie/Madonna being a couple of unlikely years away.

Oooh, look – an insider!

“BBC producers know they can’t pay these stars what they are used to, but what they can offer is an exciting role in a real cutting-edge show.

“And the big stars love that kind of kudos.”

But let’s face it – days ago we reported how Doctor Who was snubbed by David Thewlis and Gary Oldman, yet 2 months ago Patrick Stewart was trying to get on board. Add to that Dennis Hopper and Woody Allen, and I reckon it’s fair to say we’re talking a load of tabloid rubbish here.

Which is ironic, considering what we had confirmed yesterday…

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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