Florence Welch, of the BRIT Award-winning Florence and the Machine, could be joining Matt Smith in the time machine in the next series of Doctor Who.
Smith, 27, who plays the eleventh Doctor, was asked who he'd like to see make a guest appearance in the BBC's hit science-fiction drama, and, according to PA, he favours the red-headed musician. He said: "Florence from Florence and the Machine – I'd quite like her to do one."
The Doctor is already accompanied on his travels through time and space with one red-head, Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan), although there were recent suggestions being circulated that her character would be killed off during next year's series. However, Smith has denied that she will be leaving any time soon.
Florence + the Machine's debut album, Lungs, was released 6 July 2009. It reached Number 2 in the UK Album Chart, where it remained for five weeks, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 2009. In 2010, Lungs was received the "MasterCard British Album" award at the BRITS.
Florence and the Time Machine Doctorin' the TARDIS
Welch wouldn't be the first musician to enter the TARDIS, as several of the Doctor's assistants have been played by singers. Bonnie Langford played Melanie Bush – a companion to the sixth and seventh Doctors, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy – from 1986 to 1987.
Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), who played Rose Tyler, and John Barrowman (Torchwood), who plays Captain Jack Harkness, were companions to the ninth (Christopher Eccleston) and tenth (David Tennant) Doctors. Tennant was also teamed up with Kylie Minogue, who played his assistant, Astris Peth, in the 2008 Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned, by Russell T Davies.
In 1988, the jazz musician Courtney Pine appeared as himself to help celebrate the show's silver anniversary in McCoy's Silver Nemesis, by Kevin Clarke. Over the years, a number of pop songs related to Doctor Who have been released. These include the well-received "Doctorin' the TARDIS", by the Timelords – which reached Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1988 – and the not-so-well-received "Doctor in Distress" by Who Cares?, in 1985.
For the 2010 Christmas special, by Steven Moffat, the Welsh mezzo-soprano singer, Katherine Jenkins, will be joining the eleventh Doctor, in her first-ever acting role.