Since its resurrection in 2005, Doctor Who has quickly re-emerged as one of televisions most loved shows. Public signs of affection for ‘nuWho’ are increasingly common; from Muse’s opening titles influenced “Resistance”, to the Police Box by the front door of number 26 Ramsay Street (so I’m told) and the list of celebrities queuing for a part in the new series is longer than a certain Time Lord’s scarf.
While a number of celebrities have already fulfilled their dreams of participating in this global phenomena, be it behind the scenes or centre stage, the list of known celebrity fans yet to play their part makes for equally impressive reading – begging the question as to whether more confirmed famous Whovians are destined to steer the ship or grace the hallowed console room in future.
Here are just some of the contenders, arranged for your delectation in a Top of the Pops-style reverse-rundown.
Cue the CCS instrumental version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”!
10) Benedict Cumberbatch
Personally I think Matt Smith is utterly brilliant, but one day, preferably in the very distant future, he will inevitably become part of ‘Who’ history. Try as I may, I cannot imagine a more worthy successor than Benedict Cumberbatch. Following his utterly mesmerising display as Sherlock, Benedict has leaped to the top of many Who fans most wanted list – and resisting the temptation of a cross over has surely left the door open for the Sherlock star in the future.
9) John Culshaw
John’s impersonation of Tom Baker is legendary and keeping Who in the public eye while the franchise prepared to reboot deserves a pat on the back. John has previously appeared in the audio range, including standing in for the legend himself, but is there a place for him in the TV series?
8) Bob Dylan
The Panini Complete Seventh Doctor reported that legend Dylan had been kind enough to allow the free use of his music for the opening of Season 25, however it was never used. To be honest, if it failed to make an appearance in the era of the Kandyman and Ken Dodd, I think its safe to assume this is a non-starter.
7) Craig Ferguson
Surely a TV presenter can’t make the transition – can he? Well Reggie Yates had a brief but credible stint in the new series as Martha’s brother, so why ever not? Considering Craig’s open support for the franchise and his role in ‘bigging up’ Doctor Who Stateside, I think he’s at least worthy of a cameo.
And let’s not forget the many genuine TV presenters playing themselves over the years!
6) Peter Jackson
If he ever gets bored of milking the Tolkien cash cow, maybe Mr. Jackson would fancy a bit of Who?A look at the casting of his famous trilogy betrays a man who loves his British actors, and the presence of one Sylvester McCoy in the new movies is bound to pull in the Doctor Who fans.
If nothing else, I reckon it’d be a good way to break the Hobbit…
5) Matthew Bellamy of Muse
I recall that the release of “Resistance” caused a lot of confusion on the radio – in some quarters, there was speculation that this WAS the new title song. Fortunately, Murray Gold was here to stay; it’s not that I don’t like this song, but ‘Who’ scores are much more than just title sequences these days.
Considering Muse’s Olympic track and their reworking of the James Bond theme tune, this may have been a lucky escape. However, Vincent and the Doctor fans must surely been impressed by Athlete’s wonderful contribution “Chances”, so who knows, Muse may still have a chance of their own.
4) Meat Loaf
No chance – when I think of Meat Loaf, I cant help picturing Brian Blessed’s King Yrcanos; the guy who deprived us of the incomparable Peri in a marriage less likely than Michael Douglas and Catharine Zeta Jones. Personally, I’d have thought the sight of an amorous sweaty Yeti lurking towards her with a half eaten box of Milk Tray, would have seen Peri disappear like a… Bat out of Hell?
3) Matt Groening
Sightings of the Doctor are a fairly frequent occurrence in Springfield and the Simpsons creator would surely be open to some kind of cross over. Fans of Futurama will know that Matt has clearly demonstrated a passion for sci-fi and I personally think Mr. Burns would make an excellent opponent… Ian McDiarmid come on down!
2) Trey Parker
As co-creator of South Park, Trey is at least partly responsible for the “They Killed Kenny?” craze; a character who was possibly the inspiration behind Rory (now he’s dead, now he’s not) Williams. Though Doctor Who has often been recognised for pushing the boundaries, I’m not sure if the BBC are quite ready for this level of controversy… well actually, if ever there were a time…?
1) Her Majesty The Queen
Okay it was a tabloid exclusive from an unnamed source, but the story of the Queen ordering Doctor Who box sets for summer night viewing in Balmoral is enough to make a Weeping Angel smile.
With the Doctor no stranger to the Palace, the chances of a return visit are surely a possibility. I appreciate a cameo is a long shot, but nothing ventured… who’d have picked Her Majesty as a Bond girl before London 2012? Could the British monarch undo the memories of her long-shot lookalikes in Silver Nemesis and Voyage of the Dead and make an appearance herself?