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In light of the massive success of the Doctor Who comeback, two sources have discussed that eternal of discussions – a cinematic Doctor Who tale recently; has quoted Eighth Doctor Who Paul McGann:

“I think the fans were starved for some new material and were bored of the repeats…The new series came at exactly the right time. I think a cinema version could do very well.”

Also the online version of UK broadsheet The Daily Telegraph has more detail but basically the same story, padded out with explanations of Bad Wolf, kissing and repeated confirmations from the BBC:

A BBC spokesman said its film division was thinking about a film adaptation but there were no further details. Peter Cushing, the former Hammer Horror star, played the Doctor on the big screen in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, the letters page of The Guardian carries this little gem:

Who does he think he is?

Russell T Davies has been feted by the critics and received high ratings for his reinvigorated Doctor Who, but should beware in case this is an instance of the Emperor’s New Clothes in a moribund TV environment. In his article (Alien resurrection, June 13), he acknowledges his debt to US genre TV in bringing back the show, going on to say that he isn’t going to analyse what worked in the new series – but the high standards of many US genre shows are a result of writers who cannot afford to ignore such analysis.

US TV has never been afraid of showing its love for genre, epitomised by its most creative architects in whatever field. Davies, on the evidence of this series, seems either embarrassed by the genre he has chosen to work in or lacking the imagination to come up with strong plots; lazily plucking every available issue-of-the-day and adding some dazzling special effects, lowbrow humour and Hollyoaks moments does not a good story make. Davies notes that “if you can laugh and cry in the middle of a story, the adventure is that much better” but needs to ensure that, like his US peers, he has a beginning, middle and end in which to do so.

Isayc Paine

By email

Which is probably the best critique of RTD I’ve ever seen. Mr Paine should consider a career as a tv reviewer.


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