Tumblr blogger Smug Mode tried to imagine what the 13 incarnations of The Doctor would look like if Doctor Who was an American show, and here is the result.
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How about… “NO!”
I’m glad this never happened but I could imagine Christopher Walken’s dialogue: “I’ve been carrying this sonic screw driver up inside my ass for the past five years.”
A dreadful list indeed.
While I love the Doctor just the way he is, a few of these actors would have been interesting to see playing the Doctor. In particular, the American 4, 6, 12, and War.
As someone who has no emotional attachment to the franchise I’d love to see some of these actors in the role.
I’d watch Sam Rockwell as the Doctor. And possibly Christopher Walken. But not Nicholas Cage. Never, Nicholas Cage.
If Doctor Who was an American show it would have been cancelled during season 1.
It didn’t even take them that long. The made for tv movie that introduced Paul McGann as 8. We did that.
Probably right. We require a bit more continuity.
I think it would have been canceled had it aired on Fox.
Love Dick van Dike, Gene Wilder, Jeff Goldblum, Don Glover, and Bryan Cranston! No to Nick Cage. No no no.
I’d watch it.
If Doctor Who was an American show, it wouldn’t have lasted 50 years.
The US networks would have screwed it in two.
Lol now American Television Networks are somehow less corrupt and cynical than the BBC? Sure… whatever you say.
more* is what I meant, but I’m sure that will get nitpicked. xD
But Firefly– Oh, wait…
But Warehouse 13, wait, no, this is it’s last year….
The Invisible Man lasted 2 seasons…
Special Unit 2…
Futurama came back, although it’s been canceled again…
I sometimes really wish it would be an American show, just to have at least the small possibility of having Jeff Bridges play the Doctor one day.
I would be fine with any of these but cage….
But what would the eleventh be without a bowtie! So uncool!
I don’t know Sam Rockwell and Donald Glover well enough to picture them playing the Doctor in a manner that would evoke Tennant and Smith’s Doctors, Americanized. However, that ignorance aside, if I were making this list I’d have gone with Johnny Depp or James Franco for Tennant and put a bow-tie on Joseph Gordon Levitt for Smith ;).
Definitely agree with the Levitt idea, not SO sure about Depp, although I’d be interested to see what he did with it. Like the idea of Ford as the War Doctor. Maclaughlan, Walken, Shaloub and Rockwell I could see working, but not so sure about the others. Let’s just stick with Capaldi, eh? Could be an interesting turn of events! XD
I would have subbed Robert preston for Dick Van Dyke, playing the Doctor either as Harold hill in The music man or as the andriod in The Last Starfighter. Either would be a good “little clown” replacement for Patrick troughton.
What made Doctor Who what it was, was due to it being so British. It’s something American networks cannot and never will duplicate.
Besides, I’m kinda sick of Americans wanting to make everything. You have Star Trek, Stargate, Battlestar Galaxitive and a lot of other shows.
Stop being so god-damned greedy. I know your country is known for having an issue with not being able to curtail your copious eating of food, resources, etc. as well as an unending lust for power, etc, but sometimes you have to learn to accept when someone says “NO!”
You don’t see the UK saying that they want to make Star Trek, X-Files, etc. We’re kinda happy with what we have, and we’re tired of seeing US movies and TV remaking everything and diluting out what made the originals what they were.
Oh, and Dick Van Dyke can still eat a bowl of dicks for that damned awful “mock-cockney” accent.
How dare you shame my favorite doctor (nine) with Nicholas Cage. No way, not ever.
LOL. I felt the same way when I saw him on the list.
Now you should know that Vincent Price could only play The Master….
I’m happy with Who remaining a British series (fan since ’84!), but I like this ‘what if’. Not sure about Nic Cage for Nine, but not sure which actor I’d pick. Most of them are solid choices, though I’m sorry to say I’m not acquainted with Donald Glover yet. Like his look, but I don’t think he could work a bowtie. ;)
Harrison Ford as the War Doctor = <3.
TimO: I would have given anything to see that.
Switch the 5th and the 8th Docs. Burgess Meredith did not look like that in the sixties.
Yeah, I suggested Ted Raimi (Xena Warrior Princess), but they went with Capaldi.
Am I the only one who thinks that Matthew Gray Gubler would be an amazing American 11?
Vincent Price would have mad a great master. Harrison Ford would have made an interesting War Doctor. Nicholas Cage as Nine? LOL! Heck no. Nice ‘what if’ list.
I would have preferred Meryl Streep as War Doctor over Harrison Ford…