NOC Interview: Christian Slater Talks His New Peacock Series ‘Dr. Death’

Christian Slater stars as Randall Kirby in the new series Dr. Death. The Peacock original is based on Wondery’s hit podcast of the same title, which has over 50 million listeners to date, and will also tell the horrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch. The show begins streaming on Thursday, July 15.

Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, DR. DEATH is inspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), as well as Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart (AnnaSophia Robb), set out to stop him. DR. DEATH explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.

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The actor made his film debut with a lead role in The Legend of Billie Jean and is well known for portraying Jason “J.D.” Dean in Heathers. Slater has also received critical acclaim for his title-role in USA Network’s Mr. Robot, which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2016.

Some other notable credits include True Romance, Very Bad Things, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Breaking In, Mind Games, and Dirty John. He is also a talented voice actor, bringing characters to life in The Lion Guard, Milo Murphy’s Law, Archer, Justice League Action, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, Robot Chicken, and more.


Slater and I discussed his character, the dynamic he’s most excited for fans to see, how he approached telling this true story, memorable moments from filming, and so much more! Watch my interview below to hear everything.