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article imageMatt Smith's star-studded Doctor Who wish list

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 16, 2010 in Entertainment
Matt Smith, who plays the lead in Doctor Who, has been drawing up a wish-list of stars he'd like to see appear in his show.
The 27-year-old actor's list includes the actors Dame Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect), Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Thirteen), Hayley Atwell (The Pillars of the Earth)and Helena Bonham Carter, (A Room With a View) the singer Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, and the comedian, Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder) - who himself played the Doctor, in 1999, in Steven Moffat's two-part Comic Relief special, The Curse of Fatal Death.
The List quotes Smith as saying that, "Helen Mirren would be great in Doctor Who", while in BANG Showbiz he said of Atkinson, "I would love [him] to be in Doctor Who, I think he'd be wonderful. I know Rowan did a Comic Relief version and it was great, I think he's a fantastic actor, but I don't know if he'd do it."
Smith has already stated that he'd like to see the former soccer player, Eric Cantona (Looking For Eric), appear in the show, and, he says, "There are many, many, many people."
Who's Who
Since it's return to TV screens in 2005, a number of high-profile guest actors have appeared on the show, including Timothy Dalton (James Bond), Dame Clare Bloom (Brideshead Revisited), Sir Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), Sophie Okenedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually).
Then there are the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Colin Morgan (Merlin), who all appeared on the show before making it big elsewhere.
A number of the Doctor's companions and regular characters have been played by performers who made their names before joining the series - Billie Piper (Rose Tyler), Bruno Langley (Adam Mitchell), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler), Catherine Tate (Donna Noble), Kylie Minogue (Astrid Peth), David Morrissey (Blackpool) John Simm (Life on Mars), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) and ER's Alex Kingston (Professor River Song).
Non-actors to have appeared in the series, as themselves in the last few years include the evolutionary biologist and celebrated atheist, Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sir Patrick Moore, who has presented The Sky at Night since it began over 53 years ago, Andrew Marr (The Andrew Marr Show), Matt Baker (Blue Peter), the boy band, McFly, and Anne Widdicombe, a former Conservative MP.
Perhaps a little less intentionally, the television presenter and chat-show host, Graham Norton (Eurovision Song Contest), has also appeared in Doctor Who on two occasions, both times by mistake! The first was in 2005, when the live feed from his BBC 3 show was accidentally fed into the opening moments of Rose. The second time was when his cartoon persona appeared over the closing moments of The Time of Angels, in 2010, to promote his show, Over the Rainbow, ruining the cliffhanger to the episode. On that occassion, the BBC was inundated with thousands of complaints from viewers, and two official apologies were issued during the days that followed.
Doc Hollywood
The late Hollywood actor, Dennis Hopper, was originally due to appear in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Voyage of the Damned, but filming schedules prevented it. Others to have been linked with the show but who, to date, have yet to appear include Sir Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters) and Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation). It was also rumoured earlier this year that Johnny Depp was being lined up for the role of the Doctor in a big-budget movie version, but that has since been denied by the show's former showrunner, Russell T Davies.
Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) and the mezzo-soprano, Katherine Jenkins, will continue the tradition, though, in this year's Moffat-penned Christmas special, while Nigel Planer (The Young Ones) is doing so currently in Doctor Who Live, the stage show, also by Moffat, which is touring major cities in the UK.
Time will tell as to who from Smith's wish list will actually make it into the coming series.
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