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David Tennant's Hamlet coming to Great Performances

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2009 3:12PM
David Tennant & Patrick Stewart (seated)I've been counting down the days with sadness this year, as we get closer and closer to David Tennant's final foray into space and beyond as The Doctor. And with only a few movies to tide me over, it's even more bittersweet. By the end of the year, he will be gone and replaced by Matt Smith.

But while Doctor Who has to move on without Tennant, another classic will be coming stateside with Tennant in the lead. PBS will be airing the television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet with David Tennant as part of its Great Performances series in 2010. Tennant performed as Hamlet live with the Company to great success in 2008.

If that's not enough to get you excited, how about the fact that the cast includes yet another pop culture icon. None other than one of the greatest Starfleet captains in the history of Star Trek: Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, Patrick Stewart, as King Claudius.

Stewart's been doing theater and Shakespeare longer than Tennant's been alive, and picked up a Laurence Olivier Award for his work in Hamlet. It's an impressive pedigree for one of Shakespeare's finest plays, so I expect it to be awesome.

But what would be even more awesome would be a crossover with Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'd really love to see the cavalier Doctor having to work side by side with Captain Picard to take down Q or The Master, or some other joint threat. The Cybermen join the Borg? Or maybe he could just take a retired Picard as his Companion for awhile?

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I'm totally chuffed about GP getting the show - if I could've afforded to go to London to see it, I would've done, so this is the next best thing. And I can DVR it.

As far as a Doctor Who/New Gen crossover, I'm sure there's fanfic somewhere. ;)

August 03 2009 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scotty Ice

Actually, didn't Russell T. Davies say in a recent interview that he actually spoke with someone with Paramount on the very same crossover subject but Enterprise ended before the discussions got very far???

...and lo and behold, I found the link. I have seen this quoted several places.....


August 03 2009 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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