The rumor that Johnny Depp has been hired to play the Doctor in a big-budget, American-made Doctor Who movie is so stupid I have absolutely refused to acknowledge it with even an article discussing how bullshit it is (it’s a great deal of bullshit). However, I will agree with io9 that it would be far better to give Depp the role than, say, Jack Black.
I find the above fan video to be eerily prescient about the results of a second, American attempt at Doctor Who. Although I can’t help but think the police box TARDIS would get scrapped, too. I’d bet on Ford sponsoring the show and throwing the Doctor in an SUV. Or maybe a port-a-potty. Thanks to Arsenal for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.