8. Which Actor Is Who?
Doctor Who is science fiction’s Hamlet. What actor wouldn’t want to take it on (okay, aside from Christopher Eccleston)? And while McGann and Elementary’s Johnny Lee Miller indicate potential producers buy British, there are American actors who could carry it off.
I’d like to see Samuel L. Jackson in the TARDIS, and Jeff Goldblum and Laurence Fishburne are often nominated for Time Lord-ship. A friend of mine suggested Will Ferrell or Ben Stiller, and I’m scared to ask whether he was serious. Hugh Laurie would be a good way of hedging your bets—one take with his Gregory House voice and one take with his Wooster. And Hugh Grant said turning down the role in 2005 was a mistake. Check out his surprisingly sincere cameo in 1999 Doctor Who spoof The Curse of Fatal Death and judge for yourself if he should get another chance …
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