Whovians, brace yourselves. Turns out there was once an attempt to get Doctor Who onto the big screen starring none other than Michael Jackson. Yes, you read that right. The 'King of Pop' himself was Paramount Pictures' first choice for the Timelord in an ill-fated 1988 adaptation of the show.

This revelation is part of Now on the Big Screen: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who at the Cinema, a new book by Charles Norton on the various failed attempts to get the Doctor onto the big screen.

Jackon's chance at the role came from the success of Moonwalker, his anthology film. However, also in the running was Bill Cosby, which if nothing else is a hilarious point on which to start the 'is it time for a non-white Doctor' debate again. [via The Times]