The answer to the title is, as a matter of fact, no.Â But had John Nathan-Turner got his way, we’d all be sitting in an alternate reality providing a response of “Yes, he his, how about that?”
We know this because of Mail Online‘s report on the recent discovery of plans to give Prince Edward a starring role in Silver Nemesis, the 25th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who, which were recovered in Nathan-Turner’s archives.
Had the polite response from Buckingham Palace not read as follows, Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and Sophie Aldred’s Ace would have encountered the prince, as played by himself, during an unplanned visit to Windsor Castle:
His Royal Highness was most interested to hear about this and much appreciates your kind thought in asking him.Â However, Prince Edward regrets that, sadly, it is not possible for him to do as you ask.
His Royal Highness is sorry to disappoint you in this way, but hopes that the Silver Anniversary programmes will be a great success.
It’s no secret that Prince Edward has a bit of a showbiz hobby; he had already worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company at the time of the Who invite, and would go on to found Ardent, an organization in the business of television production, in 1993.Â Who script editor Andrew Cartmel reasoned that:
Reading between the lines it appears the Prince wanted to do it but was effectively blocked.