Were it not for David Tennant’s dislike of the idea, the Doctor
may well have encountered wizards and fantastic beasts from the Harry Potter
universe. Having failed to lure J.K Rowling and her pen from Hogwarts to the
TARDIS, Russell T Davies briefly toyed with casting the children’s author as
herself in the 2008 Christmas Special.
In an adventure echoing the Patrick Troughton classic, The
Mind Robber, we would have seen an alien force possess Rowling’s imagination
and release her magical creatures into the real world. The Doctor is the only
one who can restore the natural order and save the author.
It would have been a sure-fire ratings winner, an unashamed
mash-up of two of Britain’s best loved franchises. In the end we had to settle
for The Next Doctor.
Rumours about J K Rowling writing for the show persisted
even after Steven Moffat took up the reigns of showrunner, and though this has
yet to materialise, Rowling’s latest blockbuster, and first screenplay
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is positively brimming with Doctor Who-ness.
It’s almost as if Rowling crossed into the Whoniverse, just as Russell T
Davies imagined, and based her character, Newt Scamander on the Time Lord.
All we do know is that the Doctor is a self-confessed fan
(The Shakespeare Code) and if Fantastic Beasts is anything to go by, the
feelings are clearly mutual.
Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.