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Top 10 Doctor Who Dream Guest Stars

December 23, 2010

Continuing from yesterday’s Top 10 Who Guest Stars, it’s time to do a little bit of dreaming for the holidays. Specifically, which great British actors would we most like to see appear on the show in a guest role? It was difficult to narrow it down to ten, honestly. For example, we desperately wanted Stephen Fry on the list, but he went and pissed some fans off, and we really don’t want to do that here.

So here’s our Top 10 Dream Guest Stars, along with a few character ideas of what role they could play. Steven Moffat, if you’re reading, take note. And feel free to hire me to write a few spec scripts.

10. Craig Ferguson

Who? Scottish American host of Late Late Show, and Nigel Wick from the Drew Carey Show

Why him? He’s a huge Who nerd and funny as hell.

What role? The Doctor saved an entire planet of people millenia ago, and when he drops back in for a visit, he finds that an odd religion has been built up around him, with the charismatic Ferguson as their leader.

9. Tom Felton


Who is he? Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. Also cameoed in Get Him to the Greek, and will appear in an upcoming Planet of the Apes sequel.

Why him? We looked at all the Harry Potter kids, and somehow he just seemed the right fit. Other kids are taking on more serious roles as they mature, Tom seems to be looking for fun ones.

What role? Tom is due a heroic role. The Doctor visits a spaceship in trouble, with the captain of the ship quickly losing his grip on reality. Lowly Midshipman Felton steps in to pilot the ship and help save the day.

8. Joanna Lumley

Who is she? Patsy Stone from Absolutely Fabulous, highly respected British funny lady and activist.

Why her? She played the role of the Doctor in a Comic Relief spoof of the series, and knocked it out of the park.

What role? Villain! She plays the captain of a pirate spaceship who has captured the TARDIS and prepares to strip it for parts, and auction the Doctor off to the highest bidder.

7. Sir Christopher Lee

Who is he? An actor with a long list of geek cred roles, including Dracula, Sauron, and Count Dooku.

Why him? Doctor Who is about the only nerd franchise he hasn’t appeared in. And he’s awesome.

What role? In a nod to his early acting career in Hammer Films, Lee would play a Doctor Frankenstein-like character, piecing together bits of aliens from various races that attempted a failed invasion of his planet.

6. Hugh Laurie

Who is he? Americans know him as House, but he’s starred in hilarious BBC shows like A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster.

Why him? Who doesn’t love Hugh Laurie? He could have easily been cast as the Doctor himself at some point.

What role? He’s a thief who has stolen a few priceless artifacts, and maybe a spaceship, and is on the run from the Judoon. Naturally he leads them to Earth and causes a big kerfuffle that the Doctor needs to sort out.

5. Emma Thompson

Who is she? An incredibly gifted actor and screenwriter. She played Trelawney in the Harry Potter films.

Why her? She’s an amazing actress, and her comedic chops make her a perfect fit for a Doctor Who appearance.

What role? This lover of Jane Austen should play the woman herself. Like the Doctor’s other adventures with authors, this one would inspire her to write another great contribution to the world of English literature.

4. Alan Rickman

Who is he? He’s Professor Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Metatron in Dogma.

Why him? Rickman is a tremendously gifted British actor and plays a brilliant villain.

What role? We hate to typecast, but you need to play to his strengths. Rickman would play another baddie, this time a former blindly loyal and brilliant companion of the Master who kept some of the “dead” Time Lord’s technology and has spent years working on an intricate plot to bring down the Doctor once and for all.

Who is he? Captain Jean Luc Picard and Professor X.

Why him? He was in Star Trek and X-Men, his geek fu is strong.

What role? For this classically trained actor, we’re going to need to go back in time and have him play King Lear’s real-world counterpart, Leir of Britain. The Doctor can help Cordelia nurse the mad king back to health after noticing that there’s an alien reason for his madness.

2. Gary Oldman

Who is he? He’s Sirius Black, Dracula, and Commissioner Gordon, to name only a few.

Why him? His filmography is a list of nerdgasms.

What role? Oldman is drawn to morally ambigous roles, and we’ll dip back into history and Shakespeare for his guest role as King Richard III. Upon arriving in 1483, the Doctor’s companion reminds him that Richard has locked two child princes away and that something ought to be done to save them. But is that really what happened to the two princes?

1. Sir Ian McKellen

Who is he? Gandalf. Magneto. ‘Nuff said.

Why him? Galdalf. Magneto. Seriously?

What role? Omega: one of the most powerful figures among the Time Lords who eventually went mad. Someone like that won’t stay dead for long. Not even a Time War would keep this Gallifreyan down.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2010 3:27 pm

    I THOROUGHLY THOROUGHLY THOROUGHLY approve this list. I hope to god Steven Moffat sees this list. In fact, you should just send it to him. I would only add ONE more person to this list: Sean Pertwee, the son of Jon Pertwee — Doctor #3 (and he was one of the lead characters in Dog Soldiers, so he’s got that going for him too). THAT would be absolutely AWESOME!

    • December 23, 2010 4:42 pm

      I tagged him on the tweet post, so maybe he will!

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