Immortal beings have to stick together, so it would only make sense for the titular time traveler from Doctor Who to take on Guinan from Star Trek as a temporary companion, or perhaps as a fellow Time Lord! Guinan actor Whoopi Goldberg recently said she’s “dying to do Doctor Who,” and who could blame her?

Goldberg told The Sun that the British know how to do television. “I always hope when I come to England the BBC will say, ‘Hey we want you to do something,’” she said. “I would love that.” She went on to add that shows such as Black Mirror and Doctor Who set British television apart, and that she’s “still dying” to be on Who.

In terms of sci-fi credibility, Goldberg’s pretty well-suited to a stint at the Doctor’s side. She played Guinan, the immortal bartender onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, from Seasons 2 through 6 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her job, as she intoned, was to “tend bar” and “listen.” Guinan — an El-Aurian, a long-lived race — was a close friend of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and was at least five centuries old at the time of The Next Generation.

Panel from 'Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation' from IDW. Art by J. K. Woodward
Panel from 'Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation' from IDW. Art by J. K. Woodward

Even the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) himself once said: “Whoopi Goldberg would be a great companion, wouldn’t she?” This echoes the fact that Guinan and the 11th Doctor have already met once before, though it was in the comic book crossover Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2. (Art pictured above.)

Goldberg’s sense of humor and experience in deep-space science fiction would likely combine well with Doctor Who. Though it is a shame that if Goldberg did show up in the TARDIS, she probably wouldn’t be beaming over from the Enterprise.

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