The search for the 12th Doctor continues and Whovians are waiting with bated breath to find out who will replace Matt Smith in Doctor Who. While you think of potential contenders, can you imagine what it would have been like if the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, took on the role as the Time Lord?
Well, it almost happened according to Charles Norton’s book Now On the Big Screen: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who at the Cinema. In 1988, Paramount Pictures wanted to bring the BBC sci-fi hit to the big screen with Jackson in the title role. At that time not only was Jackson successful with his album Bad, his film Moonwalker was just released and was a hit across theaters.
The studio also considered a back up if Jackson wasn’t available: America’s funny family man – Bill Cosby.
Fans of the Doctor Who franchise didn’t get to see the “Thriller” singer or Cosby step into the Doctor’s shoes because the project was scrapped.
Since then, the only film for the franchise was in 1996, a television film introducing the 8th Doctor – Paul McGann. In the 1960s two Doctor Who feature films were released and in 2011, Harry Potter director David Yates said he was working on a film for the franchise; however nothing has come about it yet.
And while you digest this casting news of the past, don’t forget that you’ll find out who the 12th Doctor is soon enough and the 50th anniversary special is coming to you in November!