Skip to main content

Tom Hanks On Doctor Who? Here's What Peter Capaldi Says

Doctor Who has never been a stranger to guest stars, and the years since the show’s revival in 2005 have been positively full of them, from Simon Pegg to Hugh Bonneville to Maisie Williams, to name but a few. The current Doctor Peter Capaldi recently tried to nab what would arguably be the sci-fi show’s biggest cameo yet in Tom Hanks, but the star apparently has too much on his plate to make it happen. For now, anyway.

Capaldi, who was at the Doctor Who Festival over the weekend, was interviewed on Good Morning Britain, and had this to say about asking the Oscar-winning actor to pop up.

Doctor Who is a great venue for any kind of actor. Funny enough, they were trying to persuade me to – I was working with Tom Hanks last night, and the producer was onto me, saying try to persuade Tom to come and be on the show…I did have a word with him, but he’s very busy at the moment.

Dammit, universe, why must you make Tom Hanks so busy that he can’t appear as a weird alien who talks to volleyballs or a roboticist that builds a bot that tries to kill everyone? After all we’ve done for you!

To be fair, Hanks definitely is one of the busier periods of his career. He’s got the upcoming dramas Bridge of Spies from Steven Spielberg and Ithaca from Meg Ryan. As well, he’s got Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for a King, James Ponsoldt’s The Circle and Ron Howard’s Inferno all coming next year. Not to mention he’s filming Clint Eastwood’s Sully and getting ready to head into the recording booth for Toy Story 4. But still!

Surely there will be a point in time in the next year or so when Hanks is promoting one of those films around London, and he can easily just pop on by the Doctor Who set to film a quick character bit and then get on with his day. We don’t know when Season 10 will get here, so surely there’s some kind of window to allow this combination of greatness to happen.

As far as other celebs that Capaldi wants on the show, he namechecked two of the most iconic musicians of the modern era.

I think it’d be good to have some rock stars. I’d like to see Keith Richards or David Bowie or somebody like that show up.

Screw a cameo for David Bowie. The man needs to be the 13th Doctor, without a doubt. Perhaps Keith Richards could appear as a character that just never dies, like an art imitating life kind of thing.

You can check out the whole Capaldi interview below.

Doctor Who airs Saturday nights here in the U.S. on BBC America.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.