“Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon has made no secret of the fact that she was inspired to write her time-traveling series of books after watching classic episodes of “Doctor Who.” In fact, the male lead in Outlander — Jamie Fraser — takes his name from former “Doctor Who” companion Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon).
Would she write an episode of the BBC series, though?
The answer, it seems, is that she wouldn’t rule out the idea of playing around in the Doctor’s world. When asked about the possibility of writing a “Doctor Who” episode, Gabaldon tells the Radio Times, “That would be interesting. Yes, I probably could.”
Unlike seeing her novels adapted for the “Outlander” TV series, Gabaldon realizes there is no direct source material for “Doctor Who.” Instead, she says, “the episodes are straight out of the writer’s imagination, not needing to be adapted from an existing body of stuff, where you have to say ‘I must include this and I must include that,’ which in a way is much easier but in another way, you’ve nothing to go on.”
For now, sadly, Gabaldon writing an episode of “Doctor Who” is little more than a dream for fans to wish for. Who’s to say what will happen in the future, though? Clearly she’s a fan and — thanks to “Outlander” — has a solid understanding of time travel.
Perhaps the Doctor will find a reason to go back to 1700s Scotland. Should that be the case, is where anyone better than Gabaldon to pen the script?