Interesting development on the Doctor Who front, as the BBC has announced a young Grammy-winning musician will cameo and perform a song on the sci-fi series later this year.
The British singer-songwriter Foxes will perform a song and guest star in an episode of Doctor Who’s upcoming eighth season, which is set to debut in August. Foxes, real name Louisa Rose Allen, is a 25-year-old singer who has become a smash hit in England.
In a statement on the casting move, Foxes had this to say:
“I can't believe I'm actually going to be in an episode of Doctor Who, especially as it all came about from a chance meeting. I was playing a gig and got chatting to the show's production team who'd been watching my performance. I was telling them how much I loved Doctor Who and next thing they invited me to be on it. I couldn't think of a better place to make my acting debut than on one of the U.K.'s most iconic shows!”
Even showrunner Steven Moffat himself chimed in on the upcoming cameo, teasing the role will be related to the new Doctor “finally catching up on his phone calls.” Hmm, judging by that, it sounds like they’re trying to wrap it in via a cheeky cameo. Maybe?
Musical cameo performances can be a good thing, and some shows have managed to pull them off organically with some wit (See: Buffy the Vampire Slayer). But, it’s also been a train wreck more than once (i.e. the mercifully cancelled Revolution). Regardless, it almost always feels somewhat dated after the fact, which is a bit of a strange move for a series as somewhat timeless as Doctor Who.
On the flip side, they’re making a big change by moving back to an older Doctor with Peter Capaldi, so maybe the BBC sees the Foxes cameo as a way to keep younger viewers interested? I dunno. What do you think?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)