Published on August 28th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley6
Back in 2003, The Scream of the Shalka was (the then) BBC Online’s attempt to produce a 40th anniversary story. Eventually starring Richard E. Grant, Sophie Okonedo and Derek Jacobi (later nuWho’s Great Intelligence, Liz 10 and Professor Yana/The Master), the finished story is an interesting rebirth for the ongoing Doctor Who text – one that was ultimately overwritten (albeit retaining certain elements) by Russell T Davies’ revived TV series.
But before Grant was cast, occasional Take That vocalist Robbie Williams – then Britain’s biggest singing star – was apparently considered and approached, as related in the extra titled Carry on Screaming (appropriate given the various problems the production experienced).
Says writer Paul Cornell:
Producer James Goss, who presents the documentary, adds:
The Scream of the Shalka and its now-alternative Ninth Doctor is something of a fascinating footnote in Doctor Who history – but what might have happened if Robbie Williams had been cast? Could it have scuppered the upcoming TV series?