Regardless of how your sci-fi Top Trumps cards line up jumping from Doctor Who, a perfectly formed, well loved franchise to Star Trek, an equally well loved, perfectly formed, billion dollar franchise is a promotion no one’s going to turn down.
Calmly but assuredly Clarke has been collecting accomplishments along his pathway to this ‘next level’ over a short but by no means limited career.
Firstly there’s Doctor Who (well he’s peaked right there, surely?), during which he found time to write an episode of Torchwood (Combat) and Kidulthood, the non-patronising portrayal of a group of 15 year-olds growing up in London. He’s he’s also written and directed a sequel, Adulthood as well as co-directing and writing 220.127.116.11.
Now however he’s leaving the galaxy altogether and embarking on a voyage to explore strange new worlds and seek out new career opportunities in the sequel to 2009 reboot of that other classic sci-fi franchise, Star Trek.
Speaking to the UK Community Channel (via TrekMovie.com) Clark remained tight lipped about anything too specific about Star Trek XII (to give it its full Roman name) but did share a few details about the audition process, where he was when he heard that he’d got the part and gave a few impressive answers in a Trek based quiz.
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Rumours have it that Clark will be playing ‘a family man with a wife and a young daughter’ which, if they are the most outstanding features of a character that could travel to the far reaches of the universe, tells you everything about what his motivations could be.
Kirk himself Chris Pine told PA that the British invasion – consisting of Clarke, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2) – have all mixed in nicely with the family Trek.