Rosie Clarke Staff Writer
We just love it when fandoms collide!
A popular star from Star Trek: Enterprise, Scott Bakula very nearly popped onto our screens during Doctor Who’s Wild West episode last year.
Trekkies know Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer, but Whovians might have known him as the Sheriff who appeared in the pivotal episode of last season, “A Town Called Mercy”.
Chatting to HuffPostUK, Bakula reveals that “they were filming in Spain, and it didn’t work out timing-wise, because my daughter was getting married, so I just couldn’t go.”
He is a colossal fan of the Doctor Who franchise though, explaining “I’m fascinated by the whole idea of the character being bigger than the ideas, that blows my mind, and I think it’s great. I watched a lot of it when I was on stage in the UK, and I realised that this is a show I could get behind.”
Surprisingly, after completing 98 episodes on his very different sci-fi show, Bakula revealed that he nearly missed the boat on securing his role on Star Trek: Enterprise in the first place!
“I nearly didn’t take the role,” he claims, “because I thought it would just be the next after Voyager, and I didn’t want to step into old shoes. But it was okay, because Enterprise is a pre-quel, it’s 100 years before Spock and Kirk, so there’s no right or wrong. I didn’t have to learn all the Bridge protocol. I was the first guy flying the ship, I was completely free.”
Despite ending its run in 2005, Star-Trek: Enterprise retains its massive fanbase and is still shown around the world. Bakula enjoys maintaining his relationship with the fans, some of whom have been with him since he appeared on Quantum Leap back in the day.
“I’ve seen some crazy tattoos. I’m very fortunate with my fanbase, they’ve been around for a lot of years, and we have a nice, easy relationship. But the Trekkie devotion is deeper and longer, and it gets fed more often. You get that feeding frenzy, every time there’s a new franchise and new movie. Quantum Leap’s in its own bubble, it doesn’t keep getting wound up, but there is a shared devotion and analysis of the show. That’s similar.”
Since completing Enterprise in 2005 and his narrow miss on Doctor Who in 2012, Scott Bakula has successfully involved himself in some diverse projects. Appearing in Desperate Housewives and Behind the Candelabra among other things, he admits his heart still lies with the sci-fi genre.
Even after six years on Star Trek: Enterprise, he explained, “It wasn’t like I was on a single courtroom set for those six years. You get to work on your flaws, and the stories are so imaginative that, if anything, after 98 episodes, you feel like you’re just getting started.”
If you’re late to the party or just fancy a sci-fi fix, you can check out Star Trek: Enterprise on weeknights at 8pm on CBS Action, Sky channel 148, Virgin channel 192, or Freesat channel 137.
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And for those of you who have seen “A Town Called Mercy”, do you think Scott Bakula would have suited the part?