CANTERBURY, UK — In the lead up to the premiere of long-running British sci-fi show Doctor Who, showrunner Steven Moffat has been making several announcements to build fan excitement. In recent days he has revealed that one Season 9 episode will be the first episode with only once actor and has also teased the return of Alex Kingston in the role of River Song. Today he stepped up his hype game to a whole new level though by announcing that Doctor Who will have its first crossover with 90’s TV hit Quantum Leap.
Steven Moffat, the controversial showrunner for Doctor Who and Sherlock, made the announcement to a gathering of Doctor Who fans at this week’s WhoCon 2015 in Canterbury. He revealed that the Doctor and Dr. Sam Beckett would be teaming up to set right something that had gone wrong in the Doctor’s past. His announcement was accompanied by a sizzle reel of footage showing the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula), and Al (Dean Stockwell) all struggling to correct the past.
“What is very cool about bringing Quantum Leap and Doctor Who together is the story-telling opportunities that it allows us. We get to revisit part of the Doctor’s past here on Earth and show that sometimes, even the Doctor, needs help to make things go right. We get to see that something went wrong for the Doctor and it falls to Sam to put that right.”
After the brief footage, Moffat was joined on stage by both Peter Capaldi and Scott Bakula, to thunderous applause. Both actors expressed their excitement for the joint project.
“I am thrilled to be able to return to the character of Sam Beckett,” Scott Bakula confessed. “I loved playing him and to get to go back to his story after so long is a great gift to me. And playing against a great actor like Peter in such an iconic role- its just a huge pleasure.”
“What really got me interested in the concept was that it was going to put the Doctor in such a new role. He can’t be the one fixing everything this time because he’s been pulled out of his body. He’s stuck in Sam’s body in the future and he has to work with Al, played by the great Dean Stockwell, to get information to Sam. And he also has to come to grips with the fact that he got something wrong, something that he couldn’t fix on his own. I thought that was a great thing for the Doctor to have to deal with.”
“Also, he thinks I’m a great actor too,” Scott quipped, eliciting laughter from the crowd.
“Of course. I’ve been a fan of Scott’s work ever since Necessary Roughness.”
Fan reaction was mixed but mostly positive after the announcement. “I think it could work,” said one of the convention attendees, “But I’m not entirely sold on it. If they added in Idris Elba somehow then I’d be over the moon about it.”