Fans of Robert Carlyle will be over the moon to hear that he has landed the lead role in a new Stargate spin off series to be called Stargate Universe in which he plays Dr David Rush – the leader of a team of survivors who flee through a Stargate when their base is attacked. The show will revolve around them finding themselves on an alien starship and trying to unravel its secrets as they try to return home to earth.
The Daily Record quotes Mark Stern of the Sci-Fi Channel who commissioned this 3rd outing in the Stargate franchise (following Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis)
"Robert Carlyle brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of the franchise."
Darn! That’s just the sort of quote that we would have come up with if he’d been cast as the 11th Doctor!
The series will start filming in February 2009 to begin transmission in the summer of 2009 which really precludes any appearance in Doctor Who for 2010. Ah, well. Maybe we’ll hear this week about just who the 11th Doctor will be…?