It sounds unlikely but apparently back in 2003 chart-topper Robbie was set to swap his Rudebox for the Doctor’s iconic blue box.
When casting The Doctor in online animated episode Scream of the Shalka, the ex-Take That singer was firmly on the shortlist. Producer Muirinn Lane Kelly said: “We got word that Robbie Williams was interested in playing The Doctor. We all sat around wondering, ‘Is this a good idea? Is this a crazy idea?”
Speaking in a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Scream of the Shalka DVD, the episode writer Paul Cornell added: “Because we were reaching for the mainstream I actually thought he’s one of the most famous people in Britain. It would actually get us an enormous kick of attention” before producer James Goss chipped in: “Think about it, if you really wanted to bring Doctor Who to a whole new audience, it would have been the most popular, talked-about thing the BBC website ever did.”
So why did Robbie never get on board the Tardis?
“When it all shook down it turned out he wasn’t available and it wasn’t that possible,” said Lane Kelly. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.
Ah well, No Regrets, eh?
Richard E Grant ended up playing The Doctor in Scream of the Shalka, an online episode made before the TV reboot starring Chrisopher Eccleston. The episode is now available to pre-order in the UK.
Could we have let 90s pop god Robbie entertain us as the Timelord? Or would he have Come Undone? Let us know what you think in the comments box below….
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