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Roundup: Sci-Fi Central Casting (Guest Star Edition)

By March 12, 2012

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Ben Browder as John Crichton in (I)Farscape(/i).

Ben Browder as John Crichton in Farscape.

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Doctor Who--The big guest star news this week is a wild and kind of awesome convergence of three very different spacetime continua: Ben Browder, star of Farscape and Stargate SG-1, will appear in the next season of Doctor Who.

For me, this is sort of like those daydreams I had in high school where the Doctor showed up on the starship Enterprise, and Kirk and Spock had no idea what to make of him—except this is even better, because Browder tends to project a kind of loopiness that's totally different from Matt Smith's special brand of loopy. I've missed Browder terribly—he's brilliant at playing the kind of American who teaches aliens about rock-and-roll and punching people in the face, as I remarked in a film review once—and the idea he'll be on Doctor Who is very exciting.

Doctor Who magazine revealed that Browder will appear in the third episode of season 7, written by Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human. Season 7 has entered production and will air in the fall. This episode marks two different returns: to the American west (it's set in the Wild West, as opposed to the modern-day/future setting of "The Impossible Astronaut"), where the Doctor, Amy, and Rory encounter half-robot, half-human enemies.

But it's filming in Spain, where Doctor Who famously went for the recording (and setting) of "The Two Doctors" a quarter century ago. They're filming in the southern Spanish town of Almeria, well known for providing its desert settings to dozens of films including The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The Magnificent Seven, and A Fistful of Dollars (prompting lots of UK headline along the lines of "The Good, the Bad, and the Doctor!").

And speaking of Being Human:

Warehouse 13/Being Human—Well, there's no point in sending Fargo to fix the computers at Warehouse 13 anymore, since Eureka is headed into its fifth and final season. So this year's Syfy cross-promotional star swaps will include an appearance by Being Human star Sam Huntington on the network's biggest drama.

Huntington won't be playing his Being Human character, neurotic werewolf Josh, though. Instead, he's the artifact-infected guest star of the week, a young jazz musician named Ethan. Explains showrunner Jack Kenny, Ethan "is desperate to leave his mark on the world of New Orleans jazz--even if it means a great sacrifice," according to E!Online. And according to Huntington, for once the artifact isn't the obvious thing you'd expect. Production on season 4 of Warehouse is currently under way, with airing set for this summer.
Tags: Doctor Who, Ben Browder, Warehouse 13, Being Human, Sam Huntington
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