“Doctor Who” set to return in 2005.

I alarmed my coworkers by actually squealing with delight when I read this next bit of news. The BBC is bringing back Doctor Who in 2005.

Doctor WhoӔ set to return to TV

The new series will be fun, exciting, contemporary and scary,Ӕ series writer Russell T Davies said.
    Although IӒm only in the early stages of development, Im aiming to write a full-blooded drama which embraces the Doctor Who heritage,Ҕ he said.

No word yet on who will play The Doctor or any other details, but the fact that the show will return is still enough to get me all excited.

UPDATE: There’s more on this on the Telegraph news website.

But in a development that may alarm purists, the new series is being written by Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer As Folk, the controversial Channel 4 drama about gay life in Manchester, and Bob and Rose, an ITV drama about a homosexual man falling for a straight woman.

Although Davies says he wants to “introduce the character to a modern audience”, Lorraine Heggessey, the controller of BBC1, insisted yesterday that she did not expect a gay Doctor Who.

She stressed that Davies had been chosen primarily because he is an “absolute Doctor Who fanatic” who had asked to write a new series.

She said it was too early to say which of the doctor’s most famous enemies, who include the Cybermen, the Master and the Sea Devils, would return, but insiders said it was unthinkable that the Daleks would not be trundling back into action.

The actor who will follow in the footsteps of such popular Dr Whos as Tom Baker, has not yet been considered, she said. Possible candidates include Richard E Grant, who is appearing in a BBC internet version of Doctor Who, Paul McGann, who starred in the 1996 version, and Alan Davies, who has been linked to the role in the past.

I would be happy to see Paul McGann return to the role as the 8th Doctor considering that he only got to play the part for the one failed American TV pilot produced for the FOX network. I thought he did a decent job with the movie and would like to see more of his interpretation of the character.

7 thoughts on ““Doctor Who” set to return in 2005.

  1. Alan Rickman would rock, but I think he’s probably still way too popular an actor to be affordable. Unless, of course, he wanted to do the role.

    Though given his propensity for playing villians he might be better used as a new incarnation of The Master. Could you imagine Alan Rickman doing The Master? Oh yeah! And as a recurring role he wouldn’t be quite so expensive.

  2. WOW! That is great news! I LOVED Dr. Who! My favorite was Tom Baker because of his unique eccentricity, but Tim Curry as a baddie, now THAT’S entertainment!

  3. I’m going to have to set aside a partition on my HD for all the Doctor’s episodes BBC will be making available and I’ll be downloading smile

  4. I used to love Dr Who, I was raised on it and probably seriously psychologicaly scarred by the Daleks and the Cybermen.  I even remember William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee in the title role but would have to agree that Tom Baker was far and away the best.  BUT and it’s a big BUT, before you get too excited about the upcoming BBC release, I get to see all the old episodes I need on UK satellite channels and, with the benefit of hindsight, it is CRAP.  I really try to like it, but it’s not even quaint the way old Star Trek episodes are, just bad.  Most of the stuff I liked as a kid holds up well, Gerry Anderson programmes like Thunderbirds and Joe 90 are still great fun, and I would walk a mile barefoot to watch any episode of Batman, but Dr Who now looks like Blake’s Seven on a bad day.
    I look forward to a vicious blacklash from the fanboy equivalents of Dr B, and by the way congratulations on holding your temper with the guy, I don’t know how you do it.  If this is all there is, then all the more reason to stick around and enjoy it while you can, if I’m wrong then God can forgive me, I hear he’s supposed to be big on forgiveness.

  5. According to a British national newspaper, camp comedian Eddie Izzard is to be the new Dr Who.
    He will be really funny!

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