Many Doctor Who stars move on in their careers, with a couple having starred superhero franchises of late. The most recent addition is no doubt Mr Pond in his new role on the Arrow/Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, but he’s not the first, and he definitely won’t be the last.
Here are some of the most prominent stars who have moved from the Whoniverse to the lands of superheroes and villains.
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams/Rip Hunter (Legends of Tomorrow)
Before he became a time-travelling rogue known as Rip Hunter, Darvill spent time as Rory Williams/Amy Pond’s husband, travelling companion to the Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.
We’re not saying there’s any connection between Rip Hunter and the Doctor, but you know, TARDIS, Time Sphere….
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond/Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Not to be outdone by her Whoniverse husband, Karen Gillan joined DC’s rivals Marvel as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, famously shaving her head for the role.
I’m certainly hoping to see more of the ex-Pond in the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Andrew Garfield: Frank/Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man)
Before he became Tom Holland’s Spider-Man predecessor, Andrew Garfield guest starred in the Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks two-parter as a street kid who becomes the Tenth Doctor’s ally.
And if you wanna know why I feel for Garfield after the two Spider-Man movies, just look at how excited he was.
John Barrowman: Captain Jack Harkness/Malcolm Merlyn (Arrow)
John Barrowman’s much beloved companion and Torchwood alumni Captain Jack Harkness, who also happens to be immortal and a former Time Agent, hasn’t been seen in the Whoniverse of late.
Barrowman himself, however, is currently on CW’s Arrow series, being all Malcolm Merlyn-ish and now Demon Head-ish. Well, Rip Hunter could always ask a former Time Agent for help, right?
Alex Kingston: River Song/Dinah Lance (Arrow)
If there’s ever a reason I’d want to see Matt Smith cast in the Arrowverse, it’s so Alex Kingston’s Dinah Lance can meet him and say “Hello sweetie”.
The former River Song/Melody Pond currently plays mom to both Canaries, and while her character doesn’t have a superhero alter-ego, in the comics Dinah Lance is the original Black Canary.
Felicity Jones: Ada Mullins/Felicia Hardy (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Before she became Stephen Hawking’s first wife in The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones was in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Felicia Hardy, known to most comic book fans as the Black Cat.
While we won’t get a chance to see her take that role even further, Jones herself has been a master thief before – as Ada Mullins/the Unicorn in the episode The Unicorn and the Wasp.
Toby Jones: Dream Lord/Arnim Zola (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Another Doctor Who guest star, Toby Jones played the Dream Lord in the episode Amy’s Choice, where he tormented the Eleventh, Amy and Rory psychologically.
He would later go on to play Armin Zola, the scientist responsible for the continuation of HYDRA after Captain America defeated the Red Skull. Wait a minute… He’s wearing a bow tie…
Christopher Eccleston: Ninth Doctor/Malekith the Accursed (Thor: The Dark World)
The Ninth Doctor may have only stayed for a single season, but it was that season that sparked the revival of Doctor Who.
Christopher Eccleston went on to play the villain Destro in a movie we and Channing Tatum both hate, and later Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World. Bond villain next?
David Tennant: Tenth Doctor/Purple Man (Jessica Jones)
My Doctor, the Tenth, has had a pretty good run after leaving Doctor Who, playing roles in both Broadchurch and its US remake Gracepoint.
He’s also joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Netflix series Jessica Jones as Killgrave, better known as the Purple Man.
Right, so Matt Smith for Captain Britain then?
BONUS: Jenna Coleman: Bucky’s date (Captain America: The First Avenger)/Clara Oswald
Worth mentioning is Jenna Coleman, who plays current companion Clara Oswald. Before she stepped into the TARDIS, she was letting herself get all smitten with Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger.