A new guest star
April 23, 2009 10:02pm CST
I am not sure this is a good idea. What do you think? http://www.digitalspy.com/cult/a153729/anderson-to-make-doctor-who-cameo.html Gillian Anderson has been asked to make a cameo appearance in Doctor Who, according to reports. Producers of the hit BBC show are said to be eager to secure the former X-Files actress for a guest appearance later in the year."Gillian obviously has a massive sci-fi following following and it's felt it would be a major coup to have her appear in Doctor Who," a source told the Daily Express. Writers allegedly want Anderson to play a villain and arch enemy of the Time Lord."The team behind the show are keen for the next Doctor to have lots of new enemies and Gillian would be a glamorous and impressive addition to the list," said the insider."It would undoubtedly be regarded as one of those great sci-fi moments if the star of The X-Files gets to clash with The Doctor."Anderson recently admitted that she struggled to resurrect her character Dana Scully in last year's The X-Files: I Want To Believe.
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20 May 09
This quote/report sounds a bit confused - has she definitely been asked about appearing in a future episode/special or just on a wish list of people they'd like to have appear on Doctor Who if they could cast anyone they wanted? Also playing a major villain would be just a bit more than a cameo appearance. If this genuine, I think it'll be a good idea - the guest casting for the last two specials have helped get the programe press/tv attention and kept it in the public eye even when it's not being broadcast for most of the time. Her performance in the recentish BBC version of Bleak House showed she can act, and there's a lot more to her than just playing Dana Scully. Would the BBC be able to afford her though?
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24 Apr 09
I think it would be a great idea. Finding new villains for the doctor would make the show fresh. I mean how often can you resurrect the daelics and make the plot believable. I think Gillian is a talented actress and since she already has experience in the sci fi genre she should do quite well. Plus it would be a treat to see her portray the villain since she has always played the good girl.
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25 Apr 09
If she is a guest star it is probably okay, don't you think? I don't watch Doctor Who though. But maybe her being a guest star would attract new viewers. And then people could get hooked on the show, making the show have better ratings. And then maybe it would make the network want to keep the show on the air longer...Just in case anyone cares, if you want to see a great movie that happens to have Gillian Anderson in it, try Playing by Heart. It also costars Jon Stewart (from The Daily Show), as well as other well known actors.
24 Apr 09
I used to love X-Files until Mulder and Scully's son was given to foster parents to protect him from the aliens. I would rather her be a friend of Dr. Who or better still why can't they make a Dr. Who X=File Crossover. Have a group of conspirators pretend to be FBI and get Mulder and Scully to investigate Dr. Who but their whole purpose is to stop Dr. Who from stopping them invading Earth and if they succeed, things would have been different then they are now.
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22 May 09
I found this when I was looking for an update. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/5204395/Gillian-Anderson-being-lined-up-for-Doctor-Who-appearance.html The 40-year-old, best known for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the sci-fi drama, is expected to be cast opposite the new Doctor Matt Smith. Doctor Who's makers want the London-based actress to appear in a one-off special episode as a deadly enemy of the Time Lord. The American star would play the part of the renegade Time Lady The Rani, a glamorous but evil scientific genius previously played in the series by Kate O'Mara in the 80s. An insider told the Daily Express newspaper: "Gillian obviously has a massive sci-fi following and it's felt that it would be a major coup to have her appear in Doctor Who. "The team behind the show are keen for the next Doctor to have lots of new enemies and Gillian would be a glamorous and impressive addition to the list. "The Rani would be a perfect role for her as the character used to be regarded as one of the Doctor's most deadly opponents." Anderson is currently preparing to star alongside former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston next month in a production of A Doll's House at the Donmar Warehouse in London's West End.