The book by Charles Norton, Now On The Big Screen: Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Dr Who At The Cinema (probably not the most credible title of a publication ever), says Jackson was the number one choice by Paramount Pictures to play the lead of a Dr Who film in the Eighties.

The move would have come after the success of his Moonwalker film and at the peak of his stardom.

And apparently, their second choice was Bill Cosby, which would have put a whole different complexion on the film.

Shockingly, neither ever got a run, and we’ve been stuck with TV versions starring the likes of David Tennant, Matt Smith and Tom Baker.

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