Rumor alert: X-Files' Gillian Anderson to guest on Doctor Who?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Is The X-Files star Gillian Anderson going to appear as a legendary villain in the fifth season of the British Doctor Who? That's the rumor being put forward by the U.K. tabloid newspaper the Daily Express.

Anderson would reportedly play The Rani opposite Matt Smith's 11th Doctor; as fans know, The Rani is a renegade Time Lady who first appeared in the 1980s incarnation of Who, played by Kate O'Mara.

The Daily Express based its dubious report on an anonymous "insider."

Anderson, who lives in England, was last seen as Dana Scully in the disappointing sequel film The X-Files: I Want to Believe.