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Rupert Giles Vs. The Daleks''

I am – Hercules!!

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Anthony Stewart Head and top “Buffy” writer-producer David Fury teaming for a new “Dr. Who” series? What’s not to like?! The only thing cooler, one supposes, would be if Joss Whedon actually merged Dr. Who into the Buffyverse - with Giles himself hiring on as the new timelord.

A reader writes:

Dear Harry,

News hit these green shores this morning which seems to solves the problems of the world - or at least a few sci-fi franchises.

On one hand, The BBC want to continue 'Doctor Who' but up the budgets, which isn't feesable without an American audience.

On the other hand, Anthony Stewart Head wants to spend time in the U.K with his family, but loves the cult audience that 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' brings him. With t Whedon and the BBC STILL to announce a date for 'Watcher' 'Giles' or 'Ripper' - he may have found the perfect answer...

in a feat of impreccable casting, someone decided to put those hands together and consider something that makes this fanboy sign in post-orgasmic fullfillment: Giles taking on The Daleks!!!

But the BBC's Dr. Who Website suggests all this is fairly premature:

Following the usual media frenzy regarding this weekend's rumours of new Doctor Who, we'd just like to clarify a few things.

Dreamwatch magazine, Ananova and the Daily Express are all reporting that we're making plans to involve actor Tony Head and members of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer production team in a new 22 part series to celebrate the Time Lord's 40th anniversary.

Dreamwatch quotes Buffy producer David Fury as saying: "They want to do what we do on Buffy, produce 22 episodes a year and sell them internationally. I'm helping to take Doctor Who into a new universe." Whilst the Cult team quite like the idea of Tony Head as the Doctor in a show guided by members of America's finest fantasy production team, the BBC aren't currently making any such plans.

Read a bit more about it here!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • July 2, 2002, 1:04 p.m. CST

    This is, as of yet, unsubstantiated.

    by Roj Blake

    Which is too bad, because it sounds good in theory.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:10 p.m. CST

    However -

    by Roj Blake

    something that really hasn't been overly talked about that IS fact, is that Anthony Head recently guest-starred in the "Excelis" trilogy of Doctor Who Big Finish audio adventures - as the villian. Check out for links.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Can Head be Dr. Who and Giles?

    by Zees

    I hope this doesn't mean that "Giles" is shelved. Can he do both?

  • July 2, 2002, 1:14 p.m. CST

    This is not a trolling and I will not refute one answer given me

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    What is so great about Dr. Who? I really would like to know, because I have never really gotten into it, and I am sure I must be missing something.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Likely B.S.

    by Hamlet3145

    I've been doing some checking, and there is nothing to back this up. The official BBC Dr. Who website even denies it.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    You know the little Farscape conundrum, right Burl? Trying to put into words exactly *why* it's so great. Same goes for Who. I've been a fan since I was 13 and it's quite simply one of the great TV shows. Go out and rent one or both of these Doctor Who DVDs and get back to me: "Robots of Death" with Tom Baker or "Caves of Androzani" with Peter Davison. If, after viewing them, you still haven't figured out what makes Who tick, then, then, then...perhaps all is lost.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:33 p.m. CST

    thanks Roj

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    really... thanks!

  • July 2, 2002, 1:38 p.m. CST

    The BBC....

    by Pizza the Hutt

    Are a bunch of cheap retarded morons who are more interested in producing documentaries and shitty soap operas than understanding that good sci fi done well can be profitable. They screwed over Dr Who, just like they screwed over Red Dwarf. The BBC is run by a nasty cross breed of politically correct hippy and inbred upper class fuckwit. The sooner their ability to draw licence fees is revoked, the better. Burn in hell BBC! (Ok... rage subsiding....Red Mist fading.....)

  • July 2, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Matthew Jacobs is british and he wrote the 1996 tele-movie

    by trankscuzzball

    Just wanted to point that out before the blame got hot and heavy. I know people hated the changing of the doctors mythos, he was alledged to be half-human in the "tele-movie "and was kissed by a temp companion. Maybe the new series will air on local PBS affiliates or syndication or perhaps a network WB or UPN.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST

    News from the UK? It MUST be TRUE!!!

    by Harrys Man Boobs

    Ummm...isn't the point of this story that the rumours of Head playing Who is NOT true and that there are no firm plans? Either way, I think he'd make a lousy Doctor. Of course, I always thought John DeLancie would make a GREAT Doctor, so what the hell do I know.

  • July 2, 2002, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Pizza the Hutt

    by Roj Blake

    Can I get a "Heeeell Yea-ahh!!!!"

  • July 2, 2002, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by Lt. Torello

    And while we're on the subject (sort of), what happened to the animated Buffy series?

  • July 2, 2002, 1:59 p.m. CST

    The Doctors Who - Best to Not So Best

    by Roj Blake

    1. Tom Baker 2. Patrick Troughton 3. Colin Baker 4. Peter Davison 5. Jon Pertwee 6. William Hartnell 7. Sylvester McCoy. Paul McGann is hard to place on the list for obvious reasons, but he was damn good for the hour or so of screentime he was given. His Marwood (& I) was a clear indication from early on that he could have been a great Doctor.

  • July 2, 2002, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Riddle me this, O knowledgeable Who-ites...

    by Roguewriter

    Just caught DOG SOLDIERS on The Sci-Fi Channel, and it's a fun little old-school horror romp. One of the lead actors kept bothering me the whole time -- I KNEW I knew him from somewhere. And in the closing credits, he's listed as "Sean Pertwee." He really is a dead ringer, but tell me -- *is* he the son of Third Doctor Jon Pertwee? (And yeah, bring on Tony Head as the next Doctor Who -- BRILLIANT!!)

  • July 2, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    Yes, Sean is Jon's son. Maybe he should play the Doctor in a revival? Or maybe Sean could play the Master?

  • July 2, 2002, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by eviltwin

    I'm not even that much of a Dr. Who fan and that sounds cool!

  • Time to clear this up before *everyone* starts misquoting the source. I'm not going to reprint all the *correct* wording here (hey, go out and buy a copy!) but People magazine seem to have misquoted some of my article which appears as the lead news item in this month's issue of Dreamwatch. I spoke to both David Fury (who confirmed his involvement, though had no idea whether the project would come to final fruition) and Tony Head who...(and here's where People gets it totally wrong)... confirms he WON'T be the Time Lord anytime in the forseeable future. At no point did my article or Dreamwatch indicate otherwise. In fact we do say which other actor appears to be in pole position to be the wew Who (all casting being relative in space) I don't mind my articles being quoted, but hey guys, at least get the words and conclusions right and don't attribute the wrong information. Thanks.

  • July 2, 2002, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Sly McCoy No.7? You guys are nuts!

    by Blabbermouse

    Hey, I thought he was the best Doc since Tom Baker - quirky, eccentric without being a TomB knockoff (like his illegitimate brother Colin), or a total slice of white bread like P(U!) Davidson. Not to mention he looked like a shlubby, unprepossing guy & not a Time Lord to be reckoned with. (Remember 'Silver Nemesis' & the hint that the Dr.'s past might not be all that sterling after all?) I can't really pass judgement on the earlier Dr.'s, but Tom B will ALWAYS be No.1 (no, not 'The Prisoner's No.1) in my book.

  • July 2, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    Nope. McCoy pretty much sucked. Aside from a couple standout stories (that he didn't write), his era of Who is THE low point of the series. He was a mediocre comedian who was passed the mantle of one the great characters in British television. Clearly, the late JN-T wanted the series over and done with and casting McCoy was his final act of revenge against the tyrannical Beeb...(of course, these are simply *my* opinions.)

  • July 2, 2002, 2:57 p.m. CST

    What about Rowan Atkinson

    by Peirce

    Hey Roj, I thought Rowan Atkinson made a damn fine Dr Who. If you've never seen it, he was the Dr in the 20 minute episode titled "THE CURSE OF FATAL DEATH".

  • July 2, 2002, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Call me quirky

    by Geekgrrl

    But I *liked* the 90's TV movie bit. I'm glad ASH isn't going to be the Dr, because all I could think when I heard that, is that instead of Jelly Babies, he should start with a craving for Taster's Choice.

  • July 2, 2002, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    Yeah, Rowan was great for 20 minutes - but if we count Rowan, must we also count Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Joanna Lumley as well?

  • July 2, 2002, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Big Finish

    by DrVital

    Paul McGann has been doing a wonderful job as the Doctor in the Big Finish audio dramas. ( They're well worth checking out, and for the most part, far cooler(for Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker especially) then the TV episodes.

  • July 2, 2002, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Then we definitely have to add...

    by Peirce

    Michael Jayston had one of the more interesting takes on Dr Who.

  • July 2, 2002, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Thanks for getting my hopes up, Herc!

    by Admiral Q

    Thanks so much for getting my hopes up about what could have been one of the most promising sounding efforts to bring back everyone's favorite TimeLord, and then quickly dashing those hopes with the official statement from the BBC. Why couldn't you have used the headline "Giles will not fight Daleks" so I wouldn't have to read another story by like all the other false rumors about the show starting back up. After all the crap Phillip Segal had to go through to get that FOX movie off the ground, we'll probably NEVER see another filmed or televised Dr. Who. I'll just have to be content with those brilliant audio dramas big Big Finish Productions.

  • July 2, 2002, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Sorry but McCoy needs some respect here...

    by RenoNevada2000

    Sure his first season was kind of crappy but that's because they were trying to make a Troughton clone out of him. His last two seasons were much more interesting, where script editor Andrew Cartmel tried to inject some more mystery into the background of the Doctor. Who is Who if you will. McCoy took this playing the Doctor as a prankster under which lurked a brooding manipulator who was much more than he seems. Go back and watch Rememberance of the Daleks, Battlefield, or Ghost Light.

  • July 2, 2002, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Peirce, Again

    by Roj Blake

    Michael Jayston may have had THE most interesting take on Doctor Who...

  • July 2, 2002, 4:08 p.m. CST

    My God, it's brilliant!!!

    by Thundr_st0rm

    I was reading this talkback with mild curiosity until someone mentions John DeLancie as the man who should play the God!! For anyone who doesn't know (I see you!! You have a tan!!) DeLancie was the unforgettable Q of Trek fame...everytime he showed up he quite honestly stole the show in my opinion. I would love to see him take this role, even though I know the odds of this happening are miniscule (vocab bonus!). Can't you see it, deep in your mind's eye!?....yeah, me niether....**Flash-BOOM!**

  • July 2, 2002, 4:28 p.m. CST

    One more Doctor on the list

    by ManOfSteele

    Where does Peter Cushing fit on the list? He played the good doctor in two movie versions (which I believe have been released on DVD recently).

  • July 2, 2002, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Don't diss the BBC Licence Fee

    by 4072

    Whilst Pizza the Hut may find it objectionable to pay

  • July 2, 2002, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Paul McGann could have been cool...

    by mr. smith

    if only he had a descent script. as silly and frivolous as the fox movie was i was DYING to see it as a series because real honest-to-god sci-fi writers would have sold their souls to write for that show. who in any form will eventually draw inventive, quality writing.

  • July 2, 2002, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by ME_M

    The plant monster was a Krynoid, or something like that. The first half was a nice homage to "The Thing". My favorite was "Pyramids of Mars". If you can get past the low budget robot mummies, the voice actor for Set had an absolutely chilling voice. I also like how that episode answered the question, "What would happen if the Doctor & pals ever walked away from the fight?"

  • July 2, 2002, 7:37 p.m. CST

    To Lt. Torello and others...

    by Frank Einstein

    The "Ripper" series is merely on hold, (with at least the pilot script written) due to Joss Whedon being tied up at the moment launching "Firefly." Joss still says that it will happen, though not this year. As for the Buffy Animated series, that was also delayed, in this case by Fox shutting down its Kids TV division, but Joss recently announced that they have a new network (he's not ready to announce which one) and production is commencing soon, with several scripts having been written by the live-action Buffy staff. Former Animated Exec-Producer Jeph Loeb said at the Wizard East Comic convention in Philly in May that the artwork for the show is gorgeous. As for "Doctor Who," I say bring it back and bring it back now! If Buffy writers want to be involved, for the love of God sign them and let them get on with it! Dr. Who could be such a great show in the right hands; the character and concept have the potential to be cutting-edge and cool. It should be mysterious, funny, creepy, cool, edgy, quirky- all of these things. AS Head would be perfect as the Doctor if this rumor were true. Or Paul McGann. But just make the damn show already.

  • July 2, 2002, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Why Doctor Who Is Great

    by Barron34

    Doctor Who was always a great and entertaining show, especially for the younger viewers whose sense of wonder had not yet been jaded. Part of its success was due to: 1) clever writing due to lack of budget (with no big budgets, SF and Fantasy must actually make an effort to be interesting, since no big, bad special effects or expensive action sequences); 2) cool and eccentric performances from the various actors who played The Doctor; 3) real scary and nasty villains who were SO malevolent (compared to more toothless SF villains from, say, Star Trek, where we do not get REAL aliens, but humans POSING as aliens); 4)an unconventional and complex hero in the form of The Doctor, who is fallible and brilliant, and who must solve problems with intellect instead of the typical combat and violence apporach of so much bad SF; truly a great character to build a series around; 5) cool SF time paradoxes, weird devices, and cool and strange science in general, as well as the good old TARDIS; 6) last, but not least, sexy hot "Companions" of The Doctor, just the right touch to snare the teen male SF fan audience (which I was when I started watching the great Doctor Who in the 1980s). Some of those actresses were SMOKING HOT and starred in many of my teenage fantasies...ah, memories! So, that's it. This list is not exhaustive, but includes some of the key reasons that Doctor Who is such a much beloved classic. Barron out.

  • July 2, 2002, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Also: Who Should Play The Doctor In A Big Screen Version

    by Barron34

    Anthony Hopkins! Yes, the actor who played Hannibal Lechter would make a great Doctor Who onscreen, in my opinion. The guy who plays Giles on Buffy might be OK for a TV version, but he seems way too bland for me from what I have seen of him on TV. Hopkins would kick ass as The Doctor, IMHO, and he could be teamed with a few hot young American film actors as Companions to draw in the younger set (a male actor to bring in the younger female audience and a hot young female actress to bring in more younger male audiences). Have a kick-ass actor to play The Master or some other villain (I am thinking Gary Oldman or some other top actor to play The Master), then add great writing, story, SF settings, kick-ass effects, aliens, monsters, action, spaceships, cleverness, humor, explosions, and you have a Science-Fiction blockbuster in the making. The BBC should let me produce the thing; I would make sure it ressurrected the good old Doctor, start a film franchise, and make mega-bucks at the box office. Barron out.

  • July 2, 2002, 8:16 p.m. CST

    For God's sake, offer Paul McGann the role first ...

    by adriantullberg

    ASH is a truely exceptional actor, but I firmly believe Paul McGann's performance in the TV movie (with the script involved gives him extra points ... god I could have written something better ...) gives him First Refusal rights. The article on ASH's rumoured (then disproved) role is at Enjoy.

  • July 2, 2002, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Paul McGann

    by Roj Blake

    In a perfect universe, McGann SHOULD have first dibs on the part, but I have to wonder if perhaps a potential producer would consider him damaged goods. Also, he's really just not a *name*. Hate to type that, but it's true. I'd rather see someone a little more well known in the role and see the show succeed because people are tuning in to familiarity. Maybe there is no perfect formula for new Dr. Who. Maybe, just maybe - the good Doctor should stay dormant. Yes, herecy I know, but it's a thought that's been in the back of my mind for a while now. In any case, a TV series is the way to go as opposed to the big screen.

  • July 3, 2002, 2:49 a.m. CST


    by Lelon

    its fake as of now, lets hope something comes through

  • July 3, 2002, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I realize my posts are dominating this talkback...

    by Roj Blake

    but it's not often I get to talk Doctor Who on AICN. RE: Evil Reader's comment above: Doctor Who never has, nor will it ever be the "British equivalent" of the 60's Batman series. If that's all you've seen on the two occasions you've tuned in, then you simply don't get it. It can't be made any clearer than that.

  • July 3, 2002, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Doctor Who

    by KajiC

    You folks make me giggle. The 'Doctor Who' concept is still alive and well, and will continue to be so no matter what the BBC does with this proposed TV series. Yeah, the TV movie had problems, but it didn't kill the...trying to avoid saying 'franchise', but.... They could do a 12-part story with Britney Spears as the Doctor (God forbid!) and the world would just work around it and the story would go on. Take a listen to one of the Big Finish stories (previously mentioned) or pick up one of the books. And...hey, am I running out

  • July 3, 2002, 7:34 a.m. CST

    part 2

    by KajiC

    Wow...didn't know you could run out of space in here. Anyway, no matter how badly the BBC screws up (but oh, I want it to be good!!!!), it will happen, it will be over, and life (and the Doctor) will go on. Remind me not to post again at 6:30 in the morning. Oh--Roj Blake, did you recently change your e-mail address? During the B7 discussion I thought I recognized your name....

  • July 3, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but . . . . .

    by A Yank in London

    I KNOW the BBC. This is too good an idea for them EVER to accept!

  • July 3, 2002, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The Ghost of Doctor Who

    by Electric_Monk

    Like American network executives, the people that run the BBC still believe that science fiction will not work in today

  • July 3, 2002, 12:24 p.m. CST

    BOGUS! The BBC says this rumor is BS!!!

    by 2

    Apparently this is NOT going to happen. Internet rumor gone wild...

  • July 3, 2002, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Head on Who...

    by The ReVerend666

    Can't see that anyone has mentioned Anthony Head has starred in afew of the Big Finnish audio dramas... Sylvester McCoy was one of the best 9well at least in the novels!).

  • July 3, 2002, 3:15 p.m. CST

    It's good to see others clamoring for McGann

    by ejcarter9

    I was beginning to feel like the only one. Anyone who wants to see a new series should definitely rewatch the TVM just to see McGann's performance during the last half. Also, check out the Big Finish audios, especially Seasons of Fear and Invaders from Mars. Paul McGann, for me, IS the Doctor and to not offer him the role would be an injustice. My significant other hated Doctor Who before 1996, but I made her watch the TVM with me and she really, really, REALLY liked Paul. She asked when the new series would start. Alas, eventually I had to tell her that it wasn't going to happen.

  • July 3, 2002, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Roj, I agree

    by GypsyTRobot

    with your choice of eps. I can't forget that great scene in Robots of Death where the black undercover robot calmly stabs himself in the head with a laser. Other good eps were Hand of Fear, Enlightenment, and Genesis of the Daleks. What I loved about Dr. Who was the sense of wonder - the main characters getting out of the Tardis, not knowing where they are, exploring the terrain and meeting strange people/creatures. Not busting out with machine guns and mowing everyone down, or trying to spread Federation culture to the unwashed alien masses with strange foreheads. The conversations that the Dr. would have with villains and aliens were some damn fine writing/acting. Oh and BTW, I greatly appreciate Blake's 7 too. Forgive me for being an ignorant geek, but are Dr. Who and B7 out on DVD now? ------ "As you are not a Sontaran, you cannot begin to impugn my honor." God I loved that show.

  • July 3, 2002, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Colin Baker

    by Playhouse

    I'm really baffled as to why so many people liked his Doctor. While the Doctor had a pentient for a mean streak (Troughton was sharp, both Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee would snap, and Davidson would get somewhat snooty), Colin Baker's Doctor was flat-out maniacal and psychopathic. I absolutely abhorred his interpretation of the Doctor. Not to mention his outfit. The only good to come out of his years as the Doctor were his final episodes when he returned to Gallifrey to stand trial. That was a very interesting examination of the Doctor's mythos. Other than that, I very much wish that C. Baker's Doctor wasn't part of the cannon of the Doctor. He was a blight and I'm not sure as to why everyone likes him so much.

  • July 3, 2002, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Colin is very American...

    by Victor_Laszlo

    Americans like Colin Baker because he's very much like an American. He complains about things that don't go his way, he gripes at people who don't understand his unspoken commands, he rails against people who are just too stupid to get his meaning, and he treasures his possessions and find reason to be miffed when they are damaged or lost. He's like an American who moved to London twenty years ago, but still has those American attitudes and arrogance. He's entertaining!!!

  • July 3, 2002, 8:22 p.m. CST

    The Doctor on DVD

    by Roj Blake

    Yeah, there are a scant few Doctor Who's on DVD; they just started putting them out last autumn here in the states: "The Five Doctors", Tom Baker's "The Robots of Death", Davison's "The Caves of Androzani" [his last story], Pertwee's "Spearhead from Space" [his first story, and the only DW aside from the McGann movie shot entirely on film - GORGEOUS TRANSFER by the way], and McCoy's "Remembrance of the Daleks". Coming in August is Tom Baker's "Ark in Space" and Troughton's "Tomb of the Cybermen". This fall will see the exclusive Region 1 release of the ENTIRE Tom Baker "Key to Time" season, which will be available as a box set or individually. *All* of the Dr. Who DVDs look and sound great, are chock full of cool extras and are on BBC Home Video and distributed by Warner. List price is usually $24.98 per disc, but you can find 'em cheaper. Also, Anchor Bay released both of the Peter Cushing Dalek films last year. Again, you can buy them individually on in a box set with a Dalek documentary. Over in England, I think there are a few other releases available but they are, of course, Region 2. "Blake's 7" has yet to surface on DVD on either side of the pond. Hope this helps!

  • July 4, 2002, 2 a.m. CST

    the companions

    by EntrailSoup

    I have to say I was somewhat in love with a few of the doctor's companions. Leela was definitely the hottest, but my favorite was Romana (Mary Tamm). I wish she would have stayed on in the character instead of leaving and getting regenerated into Lalla Ward.

  • July 4, 2002, 9:25 a.m. CST

    "Americans like Colin Baker..."

    by KajiC

    "Americans like Colin Baker because he's very much like an American." I don't know what that makes me, then. Last I checked, I've lived in the US all my life and I couldn't stand him. Imagine that!

  • July 4, 2002, 4:28 p.m. CST

    BurlIves: it's a mixed bag, really

    by St.Buggering

    In my opinion, Doctor Who goes wildly up and down, as anything would when it lasts over 20 years (I know it's actually older than that; I'm talking consecutive run). When the show worked, there was nothing else like it. It could be shockingly imaginitive in much the way "Farscape" is now. When it didn't work, though, it could be painful. Much of the Tom Baker period tended to devolve into monster-of-the-week, which was sad, as Baker was so great in the role. In a way, this is a bit like trying to recommend Saturday Night Live: which cast are we talking about? Doctor Who certainly did have its Randy Quaid/Anthony Michael Hall seasons, but there were a number of Phil Hartman/Jon Lovitz periods as well.

  • July 4, 2002, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Oh, and personally, I liked the Peter Davison years

    by St.Buggering

    I know, I'm a minority. But I thought the stories were a little more imaginitive in that period, and relied less on elaborate rubber-suited monsters.

  • July 4, 2002, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Can't say I disagree...

    by Roj Blake

    with the Sgt. His points are well made and certainly rooted in truth. The Tom Baker era is a fine example of how up and down DW can be; the early Baker years are probably the golden age of Doctor Who, whereas some of his mid-to-later material could be classified as some of the worst. I will say that even the very worst DW stories seem to always have a little something to offer, even if it's only to be found in the performance of the lead actor. I also agree that the Davison era was excellent - even though he may not be my favorite Doctor, his batch of stories probably made for certainly the most consistant era of the entire series. Out of his twenty some odd stories I can really only think of two or three that approach or fall under the haeding of disaster area - Four to Doomsday, Time-Flight, and Warriors of the Deep. Just my opinion.

  • July 5, 2002, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Given the overwhelming consensus ...

    by adriantullberg

    How would you want the Doctor to return; movie or TV?

  • July 6, 2002, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Sylvestor McCoy

    by Playhouse

    I think with Sylvestor McCoy here in the States, we never really got much of a chance to get to know him. I'm not sure for anyone else, but my PBS stations rarely showed any of McCoy's series. I caught a few (Ace was one of the most fun companions), but didn't have a chance to see many of them. I couldn't say I found his interpretation bad. The few episodes I did see he had a likeable Doctor. But if I remember correctly wasn't he Earthbound similar to how Pertwee was for a while. As much as I liked Pertwee's Doctor, I never really liked the whole keeping him on Earth thing. So I didn't particularly care for it with McCoy's Doctor either. I didn't see anything wrong with his character, though. Just don't have much to go on to judge it, though.

  • July 6, 2002, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by thecomedian

    A New Dr. Who would rule. Speaking as die hard American Whovian who's seen all the Tom Baker Eps and everthing after along with a few Hartnell eps, some of the Troughton eps and most of the Pertwie eps(a fan favourite but I alway though it was silly stranding the Doctor on earth and turning him into Judo choping secret agent man) I've got to say my fave Doctor is Patrick Troughton, "The Cosmic Hobo" because you can see an obvious late 60's psychadelic subtext to most of his adventures like "The Mind Robber". Either a new high tech Dr. Who would be kick ass as long as the upgrade the effects on everything but the Doctor and his Tardis. The Doctor should aways be dressed out of some period(19th or 20th century) and the tardis should always look low tech. That's the real hook of Dr.Who. It's this kind of irreverant, absurdist Sci-Fi that combines time travel and space travel. Even the ingenious idea of the regeneration cycle as a means of replacing the Doctor when the current one wants to move onto something else. It's brilliant. My fave Dr. Who eps are The Mind Robber, The Deadly Assassin, The Three Doctors, Castrovalva, The Caves of Adrozani, And The Trail of A Time Lord. (I wonder why they never brought The Valyard back as a villain) My Fave "companions" are Sara Jane, Tegan, Lila, Perri and ROMANA (The first one). It's a shame they never brought Romana back either since she's a time lord and they could have cast anyone. Out of all of them I always thought she was the one the Dr. actually shagged from time to time.

  • Christopher Lee. Or Gary Oldman. Or Mel Gibson. Or Ewan McGregor. Or Jim Bowen. Or Micael Palin. Or Ben Chaplin. Or Quentin Tarantino. Or Tom Baker again. Or Vic Reeves. Or Chris Moyles. Or Patrick Stewart. Or Richard Griffith. Or Hugh Grant again. Or Jim Broadbent. Or John Cleese. Or Joseph Fiennes. Ah, what the hell, take you pick...

  • July 7, 2002, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Mr. Holmes, I'll see you and raise ...

    by adriantullberg

  • July 8, 2002, 4:46 p.m. CST

    More from (within) the BBC

    by Admiral Moron

    Yeah, I grant you, the annual Licence fee does give you a small amount of TV without (bloody) adverts, and some fine quality - Let's move on... Dr Who is in legal hell (sounds like some of the later adventures to me) because of issues related to the widow of Terry Nation - the same issues holding up development of the new Blakes 7 series. It's true that US funding will be vital, but until the f*ckin lawyers get off the pot, there will be nada - null rien zero. I'll keep y'all posted in suitable talk-backs - otherwise just email me for the skinny... c ya!

  • July 8, 2002, 6:04 p.m. CST


    by Roj Blake

    Why would anything having to do with Terry Nation be holding up a new version of Dr. Who? He had nothing to do with the actual creation of the show or the character of the Doctor - only the Daleks. As cool as the Daleks are, I don't see them as critical so the success of a revival.