Michael Jackson was once suggested for a Doctor Who movie

News Simon Brew
4 Jul 2013 - 10:03

Had Paramount Pictures had its way in the late 80s, Michael Jackson or Bill Cosby might have become a Time Lord...

With the latest Doctor Who movie plans seemingly going quiet for the time being (there's been no word from Harry Potter director David Yates, who was said to be working on the film), a bizarre story has popped up over a potential previous attempt to bring the Time Lord to the big screen.

Back in the 1980s, reports The Times, Paramount Pictures was interested in making a Doctor Who movie, and proposed doing so. Its casting masterstroke? Er, it seems that it wanted Michael Jackson to take on the lead role. This was off the back of the success of the movie Moonwalker. A quality Venn diagram is just waiting to be drawn there.

Furthermore, there was a back-up plan in place, too. Had Paramount not got Jackson, then Bill Cosby - then at the height of his powers with The Cosby Show - was reportedly next in line.

The Times picked up the story from Charles Norton's new book Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema, and the Paramount project was mooted around 1988.

At a point when Doctor Who casting is under the microscope, you'd at least have to say that Paramount would have been ahead of its time...

The Times.
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