Flavour-of-the-decade actor Johnny Depp could take on the role of Doctor Who in a big screen spin-off of the popular TV series. Not if I’ve got any say in it, says blogger Andrew Owen. And as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever that means it’s probably a done deal.
The story was announced on the fantasy and science fiction website Tor.com. Apparently Russell T. Davies, who revived the series, is working on a US film version and Depp has signed up for title role. - Trust me, I have NOTHING against American films, but I am so not into this whole idea of making a US film version. Want to do it? Fine, but do it in Britain, ok? Remember 1996? The 'Doctor Who Movie'? I didn't like it one bit. It didn't feel like DW at all - at least, the main character was McGann, a fine actor.
From a personal point of view, I really hope this isn’t true. While I have absolutely no problem with Depp as an actor (and he is a great actor), shouldn’t the Doctor be played by a Brit? - Exactly my point! I love Johhny as an actor, but... I dunno... I know it’s a well-worn argument, but it would be like casting an American to play ‘Hank’ Potter, or ‘Jimmy’ Bond. It’s a question of the character.
Doctor Who is British. The last time the Americans got their hands on it we ended up with poor old Paul McGann poncing about in a wig and turning into the George Lazenby of Timelords. - :o That's it.
If the story is true then its a case of pound/dollar signs being put ahead of casting. Matt Smith is a fantastic Doctor, as was David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston, but as they’re not exactly box office in the US I don’t suppose our movie mogul chums would be keen to risk one of them in a film costing millions to make. It’s their loss.
Oh, hang on a minute, it’s not their loss. It’ll be ours.
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