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Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role

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Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.

American actress Zoe Saldana has said she would love to appear in Doctor Who.

Saldana, who battles Karen Gillan in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, told Den of Geek: “Oh my god, that would be amazing. I would love it.”

She adds: “I have an 11-year-old niece who is a die hard Whovian, and what made her year is that Karen Gillan sent her a video of her going hi. My niece knows every single actor from the beginnings of the show. She dresses like a Whovian every day, that blue colour.

“It would be wonderful for me to be in Doctor Who. I’d be cool forever to her.”

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JamesBridgwater
JamesBridgwater

I have no Problems with actors from other countries wanting to be in Doctor who, and we have had a few over the years and of course not forgetting Ben Browder. 




As for behind the scenes going by American versions of our shows which most were murdered, I think the show maybe could survive the odd foreign writer, however  British writers would have an edge on keeping the Britishness of the show, which was sadly lost in the Torchwood Miracle day. 

I guess the main point would be can  the Doctor who team even be able to afford some of the stars from abroad im sure Zoe wouldnt come cheap unless she would do it for a drop in wages. Im Guessing it more a budget issue than snubbing.





SamMuschara
SamMuschara

I think it is funny as hell the Brits are acting the way they are about Doctor Who and an American actor/actress expressing that they would like to appear or have a role on the show. Whats the big deal about it?I think those who are whining should grow the hell up. Their job is to act and entertain, so act like babies about it okay. Next your going to say only Brits can be Whovians. 

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I dont mind if an American actress wanted to be on our show or an australian one either, it would only enhance the show. I would love to see Hugh Jackman have a role someday, he is very cute. What does it matter where they come from as long as they are talented. I think lots of amercans have been in our aussie movie productions



Polyphase
Polyphase

Never even heard of her but hey why not.

Karen is such a awkward looking girl sometimes and that pic is hilarious :)

JoshuaSkaug
JoshuaSkaug

What a cool picture! Uhura and Amy going at each other with swords!

Handles
Handles

Yes please. And I'd quite like another Star Trek actor to have a role too... You know who I mean.



 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

Hell yes I love  Zoe Saldana. She'll probably only be a guest star rather than a full time companion though :-( Especially since they announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 

9101112
9101112

I would say Yes let her but limit how many Americans you let in the show, because then that would lead to American directors wanting a role and if WE Americans get ahold of this show.....Well let's just remember the Doctor Who Movie and bow our heads in silence and thank the Gods for Paul McGann...this coming from an American Let's tread lightly...

MrGuymanwatch
MrGuymanwatch

I feel that she could play a great villain, I'd love to see her on the show. And imagine the publicity of a Hollywood actress like her appearing, it would be a win-win.

Whogasms
Whogasms

A high profile actress? Yes please

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

I read the article name on facebook and thought she was asking to be 'The Doctor'.

But no, definitely a good role could be found for her. 

Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

I bet she was like thrilled when she found out her aunt would be co starring with Karen Gillan. Heck I bet she even arranged a meeting with her!



HereComeTheDrums
HereComeTheDrums

"Zoe Saldana Wants Doctor Who Role"  She's not the only one! XD

The Finn
The Finn

"Every single actor from the beginnings of the show", eh? Hope she doesn't mean 2005... :P

Mr 11
Mr 11

I hope Steven Moffat reads this it would be a brilliant idea! :D

YaelMoise
YaelMoise

Well, I'm good with anyone big(ish) wanting to be a part of the show. The bigger the publicity the better. So long as they don't try to change the show to accommodate them, I say welcome! :)

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

Perhaps as Trinity Wells' sister. Or a regenerated Rani / Master; a villain would be an interesting role for her.

Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

Random trivia. Did you know that, as far as IMDB goes, the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Original Series never overlaps with the cast of the classic series of Doctor Who, yet the revived series of Doctor Who has seven cast/crew members in common with the two reboot Star Trek movies alone. 



Just goes to show how things have changed over the years; how US and UK film and television are becoming closer and closer. The point at which they meet, of course, being Game of Thrones. That still boggles me. HBO show, only British actors.


EDIT: I retract my statement about Game of Thrones. There's literally no American actors in that except Peter Dinklage I think.

sontaran17
sontaran17

Naw! How Lovely!!!.... Join the bloomin Cue 

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

It's so great that all these amazing and prolific actors, actresses, writers, and directors want to be a part of the show!

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Notsosmartguy That and the next 3 Avatar films. Although it'd be great if she was even in just one episode - imagine the ratings for an episode featuring a current Hollywood star!

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@9101112 Er ... that 1996 movie was written by Matthew Jacobs, a Brit, and directed by Geoffrey Sax, a Brith.

JFrance
JFrance

@9101112 I'm British and I didn't mind the TV movie. The only 2 things I didn't like was the half human thing (but I think that has now been cleared up in spin off material on why he said that) and Eric Roberts portrayal of The Master but other then that I liked the TV movie. Also I think it would be great to have more American actors, Directors and Writers on the show. It would be interesting to see what they could bring to the show. 

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

You're kidding, right? You know there are good American actors, writers, directors, etc.?

Handles
Handles

@VictorWong1 I don't think they'd give a high profile actor such a small role. I mean, it's not like they did that when Sir Ian McKellan was on the show, did they?

Kylephantom4
Kylephantom4

@Master Michael Moon what? An american actor cant star in a british tv show? Well there were tons of american actors in the show before and no one complained, Ben Browder, Eric Roberts, Andrew Garfield, etc.


SteveWillis
SteveWillis

@Master Michael Moon Because people got really mad that went they made the Game of Thrones TV series (written by an American Author) they casted none-American actors.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

@Master Michael Moon  Yeah, because having a wildly known Hollywood actress showing interest in guest starring means America's taking the show over.


Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

In America, we LOVE Doctor Who- but NONE of us want it to become an American show!

supermoff
supermoff

@Master Michael Moon Really? Just because an American actress expresses interest in one of the world's most iconic sci-fi shows, a natural reaction of practically any sci-fi actor/actress in the world, you say that? 



9101112
9101112

I'm not saying that they are not go actor's and such I'm saying that, once American director's get a hold of something making a lot of money, the quality gets lost and all tey care about is pumping out product. .... look at the Transformers franchise. ......I just don't want the quality of the show to be lost over ratings and money

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@Handles @VictorWong1 They did it with John Cleese. And Eleanor Bron. And Professor Brian Jones. And I wouldn't say "Rani / Master" is a small role.

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Transformers is universally known as some of the worst movies ever; you are talking about specifically Michael Bay. You've generalized an entire nation by suggesting all American franchises are like one of the worst ones in history. But what about Joss Whedon and his many successful and high quality series? What about the makers of Avatar: The Last Airbender or Breaking Bad or 30 Rock or Community? And those are just a few of the successful American series that kept up their quality.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese @supermoff I'm of neither country, so I may be a little out of the loop there, but to me it looks a little like a one-way thing. The recent Batman movies starred a British lead actor and were directed by a British director and I didn't see anyone bat an eyelid because of that. But the idea of an American actor in the show comes up and that means America is taking over the show. Or remember the absolutely embarassing behaviour of the fanbase after the ComicCon trailer last year. It's just ridiculous sometimes.

Morgan_Elizabeth91
Morgan_Elizabeth91

Doctor Who is completely different from any American TV shows. You simply cannot compare Doctor Who to shows like Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, or Community, it is on a much, much higher level. Yes, those shows are popular, but compared to Doctor Who they're fairly mindless and certainly nothing stellar. Those aren't shows that are going to be around 50 years from now, if they're even remembered at all. Joss Whedon in many ways is an exception. With Americans sequels will continue to be made or a show will continue on, regardless of quality, until they can't eke out any more money. From what I've seen, British TV certainly and some of the movies are very well thought out and quality is clearly a high priority. There may be a very few American directors who could do justice to Doctor Who, but overall, it should remain in British hands.

sally atticum
sally atticum

@supermoff  @Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

No kidding! Look at the vicious backlash against the Broadchurch remake, Gracepoint, and even against Chris Chibnall and David Tennant for making it. People calling them a money-hungry sell-outs and such. Talking about how awful and disastrous it will be because it is "American". With the same writer (Chibnall) and directors (Euros Lyn and James Strong) It's bizarre how they have turned. 





twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Firstly, I love Doctor Who. However, I realize that it is not perfect, nor would I say that it blows shows like 30 Rock or Community out of the water. I'd say that the writing on all these shows is of equal quality. To suggest that either 30 Rock or Community is mindless is an injustice to both shows; 30 Rock is an amazing satire of television corporations and Community not only satirizes the education system, but gives deep insight into television and it's tropes.

To suggest that Doctor Who is of higher quality simply because of the length of time it's been on air is ludicrous; Doctor Who has been on for 50 years, because of a very clever plot device called regeneration, most shows are not so lucky to have such a plot device. Without regeneration, Doctor Who wouldn't have lasted 50 years and it's unfair to suggest that Doctor Who is better simply because it has a format where this plot device makes sense. It can also be said that Doctor Who has not kept up the same quality in all of it's fifty years.

The shows that you talk about that keep going on and on to the point where all quality is lost are primarily network procedurals, i.e. CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, House, etc. and while these are big name shows, they only account for a small percentage of shows coming from American networks. HBO puts out many quality shows, such as Veep, True Detective, and Game of Thrones, which, while containing a primarily British cast, is actually a show written by Americans. Even the SyFy channel has quality shows like Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Alphas.

American TV networks are set up differently than British networks like the BBC and this must be taken into account. American networks are much more like companies trying to sell you a product, which causes them to want to put out as many products as possible.

Is it so wrong to want to increase the diversity of writers, directors and actors in Doctor Who? Many on this sight have pointed out that there are very few female British sci-fi writers; then why not bring in some American ones if we want to bring in female writers? Why can't American actors, especially considering that there are a few who can do British accents well, such as Alan Tudyk, come to work on Doctor Who? I really don't see the problem with that. American directors would not become showrunners; they would do what the British directors do now, work on one episode, maybe two, and then leave. Their influence on the show would only be limited to the episodes they work on. The same goes for any American writer that would be brought on. There are a great many Americans I'd like to see act, write or direct for Doctor Who and it's completely unfair to instantly write them off because of their nationality.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

@Morgan_Elizabeth91  Did you even watch those shows or hell any American television at all? Don't start this asinine British t v is better than American tv bs. Good tv is good tv no matter where it's from. Sorry if I'm a little rude but frankly I'm a little offended by your comment.





SamMuschara
SamMuschara

@Morgan_Elizabeth91 I agree but lets not forget Star Trek, or did we mindlessly forget an American show that has impacted the world both on an entertainment stance and technological one as well lol

Morgan_Elizabeth91
Morgan_Elizabeth91

@SamMuschara, I would fully agree that Star Trek was fantastic.  It had its ups and downs but overall it was a well thought out, interesting show.  However, it is an older show and I guess I was thinking along the lines of more current shows.  I think there are some older American tv shows that were quite brilliant, I'm just not a fan of most of the current stuff.


@Notsosmartguy , yes, I tried watching Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, Community, Game of Thrones, etc.  I like clean tv, which is part of what I love about Doctor Who.  It gets cheeky at times, but not out and out cussing, sex, crass junk.  I saw nothing exceptional about any of those shows. Game of Thrones could have been interesting but I quickly discovered it to be one of the most sexual, disgusting shows I've ever seen.




@twoheartsonemind, I'm not saying Doctor Who is a higher quality because of how long it's been around.  What I'm saying is the fact that it has been around so long shows that it's obviously doing something right.  The regeneration aspect has certainly helped with the continuation of the show, but that's not the only reason it's been around for 50 years.  Star Trek's been around almost as long and there's no regeneration with it's characters.  As for quality, like any show it has its ups and downs.  Some seasons are better than others just like some episodes are brilliant and others are kind of meh.  The overall quality though has been excellent.

I'm simply stating my opinion.  Doctor Who has a level of brilliance that I have not seen in American tv shows and, yes, I tend to prefer British tv to anything American.  Case in point, America has Elementary which is a rather weird take on Sherlock that is fairly mediocre.  It has its interesting parts but nothing spectacular.  And then you have the British Sherlock which is absolute genius.  You're left waiting a while between seasons, but the writing is stellar and it's very much worth the wait.


I have no problem with increasing the diversity of actors on Doctor Who, I never said anything against them.  As for writers and directors, if they're doing a single episode, then fine.  As long as an American writer or director doesn't take over the show or have a large amount of power, I'm fine.  And like I said, I never said anything against actors.  There are a few American actors that I wouldn't mind seeing on the show myself.  My main point was that American influence should remain minimal.  It is a British tv show and I feel that it should remain that way.  If the occasional American acts, writes, directs, whatever, then I have no issues.  I just don't want to see it become an American show.












Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

You say "It can also be said that Doctor Who has not kept up the same quality in all of it's fifty years.". I'm not sure whether you are saying that is your opinion, or you are just stating an opinion. But I think Doctor Who has times where it's better, and times where it's worse (*cough* Moffat. - only joking :D). And so suggesting it has decreased in quality, I think is untrue.

And the other thing I just wanted to comment on was, interestingly, (just saying in case you don't know, as few do) like 'Game of Thrones', the 'Harry Potter' films are also American, despite having a British cast and being filmed much in Britain.

Also, I dislike any arguments about gender equality where it's not necessary. There are less Sci-fi writers because Sci-fi is a predominantly male genre. And the many arguments about needing female writers, simply for the sake of being able to claim political correctness is just silly, and irritating.

sally atticum
sally atticum

@twoheartsonemind Well, for that matter, why must they have British accents? The Doctor travels in time and space. Why must everyone be or sound British?

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Well, I must agree that both 30 Rock and Community are acquired tastes, but they actually remind me more of British TV than any other American series'. Both have an oddball kind of humor that I think fits British TV more than American. I can respect your opinion (though I urge you to give Community another shot, possibly in later seasons, nof 4 though), but you called them "mindless" before and that is a bit overdramatic.

I'd also say that neither 30 Rock or Community are especially crass; Game of Thrones is another story, but that's HBO for you, and it usually adds to the story. 30 Rock does curse and make sexual jokes, but they are part of its satirical humor. Community doesn't involve much cursing and anything that is "crass" comes from the character who is meant to be racist; the show is also never really overtly sexual, certainly not like Game of Thrones.

That's a fair point about Star Trek, but I still believe that Star Trek's premise, simply exploring space, is the reason it can reboot itself over and over again. Many shows premises wouldn't work if that was tried; take 30 Rock as an example. Would it really work to show another television corporation with similarly wacky characters? Length of time on air doesn't correlate to whether the show will be remembered.

I agree completely about Elementary; it really isn't a very good show and is basically just a procedural with the names Holmes and Watson tacked on. However, American remakes can be good as shown by the American version of The Office.

I'd rather have a global relevance to Doctor Who, especially considering how often the entire planet is saved. I agree that there's no need to necessarily give Americans a ton of power on the show, though if they showed skill in writing, directing, acting, etc. they shouldn't be discounted by their nationality for having a larger role in the show. But it should be based on merit, not nationality.

I don't want to see Doctor Who become an American show either, but considering it's the BBC making it, I don't think that will ever happen. We're not in the same position as the 1996 movie, so I really don't think the show going into American hands is a real threat.

(Also, you might enjoy Community's Doctor Who parody: Inspector Spacetime)

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

I meant about the whole "...Doctor Who has not kept up the same quality in all of it's fifty years." , more as just an opinion that I assume most people hold. Everyone has their favorite series and people tend to feel that there have been weaker series. I'm not suggesting that Doctor Who has decreased in quality just that there have been periods where the quality isn't as good as at other times.

I was aware of that fact about the Harry Potter films, however, I don't actually like most of the films, so didn't include them (also I didn't think of them).

I tend to agree about your opinion about bringing in female writers just for political correctness; however, I added this part as an addition to my argument and, because I believe that there are a great many female sci-fi writers that don't get enough credit and are often forgotten. I simply wanted to put out the notion that Doctor Who needs to reach out it's arms internationally to talented writers, but my wording was not terribly good.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

Because the Tardis is translating to a British companion, so naturally a British accent makes sense.

Morgan_Elizabeth91
Morgan_Elizabeth91

@twoheartsonemind I think my biggest concern is just that Doctor Who is a British show and while actors can always receive direction and are told what a director wants, whoever was writing or directing would need to be familiar with British people.  I mean the Doctor, while he is a Time Lord, he's basically British, his companions are British, and there are some rather large differences in the way people talk and act in Britain than in America or other countries.  So maybe more like a collaboration of an American and British writer or director?