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Michael Jackson Could've Been 'Doctor Who' In The Late '80s

07/09/2013 11:21 am ET | Updated Jul 09, 2013

In a new book, "Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to 'Doctor Who' At The Cinema," author Charles Norton reveals that the King of Pop was at the top of Paramount Pictures' list when the studio was looking to bring "Doctor Who" to the US big screen in the late '80s, The Times of London was the first to report.

Though The Guardian called it "one of the weirdest casting decisions of all times," Jackson, who had recently appeared in "Moonwalker," was reportedly "quite keen" on the idea, according to Radio Times. "If he hadn’t come through [Bill] Cosby was considered the ideal replacement," the site reports.

It's hard to know what the late Jackson thought of "Doctor Who," but it's clear his daughter is a fan. When current Time Lord Matt Smith announced he'd be leaving the show, the 15-year-old girl tweeted:

"Doctor Who" is still looking to replace Smith, but details have recently come to light about John Hurt, who appeared in the Season 7 finale as an a unidentified incarnation of The Doctor. Fans have been scratching their heads as to how he will fit in the the Time Lord's timeline, but details recently emerged: Hurt will play a "dark Doctor."

"There was a gap between Paul McGann playing the Doctor [in the 1996 TV movie] and Christopher Eccleston, when we didn’t see a regeneration, [when the series was revived in 2005] and John Hurt will fit into that gap. He is a past Doctor, not a future Doctor," costume designer Howard Burden allegedly told Prince Charles and Camilla while giving them the royal tour of the BBC studios, according to The Mirror.

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