If David Tennant had his way, Star Trek would get a bit more wibbly wobbly, timey wimey.
Is it time for a Time Lord in Trek?
BAFTA-winning Scottish actor David Tennant has more recently been seen starring in Amazon’s Good Omens, but he’s probably best known for his role as the Tenth Doctor in BBC’s venerable time-travel series Doctor Who. While promoting the second season of his podcast David Tennant Does a Podcast With… with a Reddit AMA and he was asked what other big franchise would he be interested in joining. He quickly replied…
Star Trek would be great. After talking to George Takei for the podcast I’ve got a bit immersed in it.
Star Trek’s Takei is one of the guests in the new season of Tennant’s podcast, which debuted this week. (Takei’s episode hasn’t aired yet.)
Tennant does have one connection to the Trek franchise: He co-starred with Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Sir Patrick Stewart in 2008 for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet, which was adapted into a feature film in 2009. At that time there was even a rumor that Stewart would be the one crossing over to play a Time Lord along with Tennant in Doctor Who.
A number of actors have appeared in both franchises, including Simon Pegg, Nana Visitor, John de Lancie, and Star Trek: Discovery season 3 star David Ajala. But if Tennant were to get his wish, he’d be the first Doctor from Doctor Who to cross over to Star Trek.
By the way, Star Trek and Doctor Who have (sort of) officially crossed over already. In 2012, IDW published a crossover comics mini-series titled Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation 2. That series featured the Eleventh Doctor working with Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the USS Enterprise-D.
Tennant isn’t the only high-profile star who has recently raised a hand to show interest in jumping into the final frontier. This year both Rosario Dawson and James McAvoy have continued their long campaigns for Trek roles. With so many Star Trek Universe shows in development, and possibly a new Paramount movie too, there could be room for all these actors.
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