Robbie Williams has threatened to give acting a go, and his first splash may have been playing one of the most iconic roles in UK sci-fi.
Yes that’s right Whovians; apparently the “Angel” singer was once considered to take the helm of the TARDIS and ply the Doctor in a Doctor Who online episode. While Richard E. Grant eventually got the gig voicing the Time Lord in the animated series Scream of the Shalka, according to Blogtor Who, a documentary that will be included on the DVD release of the animation reveals that Williams was in line for the role.
In the documentary, Carry On Screaming, writer Paul Cornell states: “Because we were reaching for the mainstream, I actually though, ‘He’s one of the most famous people in Britain – it would actually get us an enormous kick of attention”.
Producer James Goss agreed saying: “Think about it – if you really wanted to bring Doctor Who to a whole new audience, it would have been the most popular, talked-about thing the BBC website ever did”.
Unfortunately for Williams and Whovians alike, because of his schedule he was passed over in favour of Grant.
The DVD of 2003’s Scream of the Shalka is released on September 16 in the UK and Sep 17 in North America. Doctor Who will next be seen on our screens on November 23 for the 50th anniversary special.