Doctor Who actor who inspired Jamie Fraser to star in Outlander?

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Aug 18, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT (Updated)

Could a Doctor Who star soon find his way into Ronald D. Moore's (Battlestar Galacticanew time-travel drama series Outlander?

Bleeding Cool reports that actor Frazer Hines  the guy who actually inspired author Diana Gabaldon to write her Outlander series of novels (eight Big Books and counting) and create the young and dashing 18th-century Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser — will be putting his kilt on again later this year for an as-of-yet “unnamed TV show.”

While they don’t believe Hines will be reprising the role of the Doctor’s companion, young Scottish Highlander Jamie McCrimmon, Bleeding Cool is putting its money on the fact that he'll appear on Starz's critically acclaimed Outlander TV series — which just got a 13-episode, second-season pickup, by the way — and so are we.

Hines starred alongside Second Doctor Patrick Troughton back in the 1960s. Since then, the actor has reprised the role of the dashing, 18th-century young Highlander twice: once in the Doctor Who 25th-anniversary special "The Five Doctors" in 1983, and again in 1985's "The Two Doctors."

Diana Gabaldon has said many times that the character of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (JAMMF or Himself, for the intimates), played by the absolutely wonderful and totally swoon-worthy Sam Heughan on the TV show, was inspired by Doctor Who’s very own Jamie  as was the entire Outlander series. No Doctor Who, no OutlanderIn fact, the name Jamie Fraser is a play on the name of the Who character Jamie McCrimmon and that of the actor Frazer Hines.

Here’s what Gabaldon wrote:

After considerable thought, it seemed to me that perhaps a historical novel would be the easiest thing to try. I was a research professor, after all; I had a huge university library available, and I knew how to use it. I thought it seemed a little easier to look things up than to make them up-and if I turned out to have no imagination, I could steal things from the historical record.

Okay. Fine. Where to set this historical novel? I have no formal background in history; one time or place would do as well as another.

Enter another accident. I rarely watch TV, but at the time I was in the habit of viewing weekly PBS reruns of Doctor Who (a British science-fiction serial), because it gave me just enough time to do my nails. So, while pondering the setting for my hypothetical historical novel, I happened to see one very old episode of Doctor Who featuring a “companion” of the Doctor’s-a young Scottish lad named Jamie MacCrimmon, whom the Doctor had picked up in 1745. This character wore a kilt, which I thought rather fetching, and demonstrated-in this particular episode-a form of pigheaded male gallantry that I’ve always found endearing: the strong urge on the part of a man to protect a woman, even though he may realize that she’s plainly capable of looking after herself.

I was sitting in church the next day, thinking idly about this particular show (no, oddly enough, I don’t remember what the sermon was about that day), when I said suddenly to myself, Well, heck. You want to write a book, you need a historical period, and it doesn’t matter where or when. The important thing is just to start, somewhere. Okay. Fine. Scotland, eighteenth century.

So went out to my car after Mass, dug a scrap of paper out from under the front seat, and that’s where I began to write Outlander; no outline, no plot, no characters-just a time and a place.

Since Frazer Hines is having a costume fitting, it could definitely indicate that his presence on the show may be much more than a simple fan service cameo. Which would be VERY cool.

So, could Hines be up for a recurring role on the hit Starz series? (Yes, please!) If so, it would be his first since the actor left the U.K. soap Emmerdale back in the 1990s. It would also be his first recurring “genre” role since he last appeared as Jamie McCrimmon back in 1985.

What do you guys think? Are you hoping to see Doctor Who’s Frazer Hines join the cast of Outlander? If so, who could he play?

(via Bleeding Cool)