Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Whoopi Goldberg Asked to be First Female ‘Doctor Who’ + Al Green Announces Tour Dates

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage during the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends at Beacon Theatre on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 11: Whoopi Goldberg speaks onstage during the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends at Beacon Theatre on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for NARAS)

*Whoopi Goldberg has rocked “Doctor Who” fans (like myself) by revealing that years ago she asked the BBC to give her the lead role in the long-running British sci-fi series.

The former comedian and actress said: “The idea of that just so made me happy. But they were like, ‘Um, no.'”

“Doctor Who” has been a staple of British pop culture since it first aired in 1963. The series follows the adventures of a Time Lord called “the Doctor”, a humanoid alien from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS and is often accompanied by a number of companions. Thirteen white male actors have starred as the Doctor, with actress Jodie Whittaker becoming first female Time Lord in 2018.

Speaking on former Time Lord David Tennant’s podcast, she noted being a big sci-fi fan and said: “I always felt like science fiction predicted the future.

“Whether it was climate change, hand computers or being able to move around in different dimensions.”

Tennant himself played the Doctor from 2005 to 2010.

Whoopi told the Radio Times in 2017 that she wanted to star in “Doctor Who” and was hoping someone would offer her a cameo.

“I always hope when I come to England the BBC will say, ‘Hey we want you to do something.’ I would love that,” she told The Sun, noting that she’s “still dying to do Doctor Who.”

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al green

In related news, Al Green has announced dates for his first series of live concerts in over seven years.

Last year, Green recorded and released “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”, his first single in almost 10 years. These days he reportedly devotes much of his time to his ministry in Memphis, Tennessee.

According to Consequence of Sound, Mr. Green will return to the road this April and the brief outing surrounds his upcoming appearance at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 8th. You can also get them here.

Al Green 2019 Tour Dates:

04/24 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall

04/26 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Factory

04/28 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

04/30 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre

05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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