Doctor Who The William Shatner/Doctor Who Rumours Explained

Published on January 3rd, 2013 | by Meredith Burdett

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Those William Shatner Rumours…

We all love a good rumour when it comes to Doctor Who. Not one of us can truly say that they haven’t voiced their own opinion when hearing about an alleged bit of casting for the role of a new incarnation of the Doctor, the Master, the Rani, Dalek Caan or even Meglos.

The William Shatner/Doctor Who Rumours Explained

The best and brightest rumour doing the rounds at the moment is the one that suggests that Doctor Who producers are eying up William Shatner to play the next incarnation of the Master (or at least, Matt Smith has suggested that it would be great to have him on the show).

We’d love to have William Shatner on ‘Doctor Who’, I’m sure. He’s a sci-fi god! He’d be great. Is The Master coming back? Who knows

You’ll agree that this is a pretty tall and confusing order even by Doctor Who standards.

Let’s overlook the fact that as one of the most recognised faces in world of Star Trek and sci-fi, Shatner appearing in a serious role in Doctor Who would still be considered a huge tongue in cheek move, let’s also overlook the fact that the actor hasn’t needed or wanted to perform in a serious role now for the last couple of years and instead let’s focus on how Shatner is jokingly already planning his own spinoff series of Doctor Who entitled Dr. What.

After Steven Moffat remarked that John Simm’s version of the Master would “beat up” Shatner’s version, the actor has jokingly updated his Twitter feed with ideas of what his series, “Dr What”, would include. Elements would be all of the past Doctors (Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Chris Eccleston and David Tennant presumably) as “the grand poobah council of Starfleet” appearing alongside a Wookie and Carrie Fisher (of Star Wars fame).

…and then things get even more complicated with added Shatoetry (we think hope that’s a concatenation of “Shatner” and “poetry”).

The mind boggles at the thought of such a strange mixture of science fiction elements which would presumably end with Shatner’s character falling in love with the leading lady of the show, probably someone such as River from Firefly!

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3 Responses to Those William Shatner Rumours…

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    Well John Simm is still the Master and there hasn’t been any indication that he wants to relinquish the role, no indication from himself or the production team , so the idea that Shatner would play him is dead in the water.

    As for appearing in the show that would be fun, maybe starring alongside Patrick Stewart ,Avery Brooks or even Kate Mulgrew …..

    • avatar Angel Bob says:

      William Shatner on Doctor Who?
      Does this even deserve a reply?
      If so, the answer would be an obvious no.
      One only has to look back to the 1996 Doctor Who movie to see how Eric Roberts (another american actor) did in the role of the master. Very few american actors could pull off the role and be appreciated for their work. Just don’t do it.

      • avatar Aimireal says:

        Bill is not American.

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