Picture it. It’s the end of a ‘Doctor Who’ series, and it is time for regeneration. The Doctor stumbles about the Tardis, orange beams of light bursting from their body, and Whovians hold their breath waiting for the first glimpse of the new Time Lord. And that new Time Lord is…Whoopi Goldberg! At least, it would be if she had things her way!
Appearing on Tenth Doctor David Tennant’s new podcast, Goldberg admitted that she inquired about becoming the first female, and American, version of the character. But, the idea wasn’t so well received. She said:
“I wanted to be the first female Doctor Who.”
She added that she saw herself as “the American version of Doctor Who ends up in New York and it’s me”.
She explained that she loves the character, and wanted to bring it across the pond, saying:
“We don’t have a ‘Doctor Who’ – we don’t have that character who is travelling through dimension and time, being an observer – sometimes a hindrance, sometimes a help. The idea of that just so made me happy.”
Unfortunately, not everyone was on board with the idea. In fact, it sounds like she was shut down pretty immediately. Goldberg said:
“But they were like, ‘Um, no.’ So I was like, ‘OK, I’m cool. I understand.’”
While it may seem random that Goldberg is a fan of sci-fi, she has had her fair share of exposure to time and space, playing Guinan in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and two additional ‘Star Trek’ films.
Of course, we now know that Jodie Whittaker snagged the title of first female Doctor in 2017, playing the role with much success!
Tennant’s podcast, ‘David Tennant Does a Podcast With,’ will bring on some big names, including Whittaker herself who will guest star in an episode the be released on February 12. In addition, Tennant plans to bring on Jon Hamm, Michael Sheen, and Gordon Brown, to name a few!