Harry Potter and the Sigh of Relief

Defying bookmakers and rumours, weed wizard Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame, naturellement) has ruled out playing Doctor Who – proof if any were needed that There Is A God.

Reported in Adelaide Now (for a truly international Doctor Who News page), Radcliffe managed to pick himself up under his own inconsiderable weight to dismiss the claims:

“I personally have never been a big fan of Doctor Who – apart from I do think that David Tennant, who I’ve worked with (in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is remarkable in it,” Radcliffe says.

“I suppose it could work because he travels through time and so I could be a young Doctor Who, but I don’t see it myself personally.”

Radcliffe says he is desperate to get on another long-running series – The Simpsons.

“That’s the dream,” he says.

Of course, now your career is almost at an end, it is good to have a dream.

Did you know that Ladbrokes offered 3-1 on Radcliffe? You’d be more likely to get Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe (hiya Mark!)

Father Ben Andrews of St Paul’s church, in Grangetown, Cardiff, is planning a special Doctor Who themed evening later this month. The church played a major part in the Series 1 adventure Father’s Day, and icwales.co.uk report that he reckons Doctor Who is a great medium to connect with the local children.

“I love the series and it has such a great following that we couldn’t resist doing something for young people on a Dr Who theme.

“We will be looking at the idea of Jesus as a Lord of time and showing who Jesus was and the different images of him throughout time.

“We will try and get some Dr Who props in to try and make it as lively as possible.”

Fr Dean Atkins, Diocese of Llandaff Youth Officer, thinks the night will prove a big hit with youngsters.

He said: “I think it’s a really forward-thinking thing to do.

“Using popular culture is a very good way to communicate with youngsters and I think it will be a very successful night.”

Frankly anything that can be used to build relationships within communities and teach children and teenagers moral values and standards deserves backing, as these qualities will likely be vital in the coming years. A very big hand, then, for Father Andrews, and let’s hope the event at 6.30pm, on Sunday, September 23, at St Paul’s Church, Grangetown, Cardiff is a great success.

Finally, there’s more Doctor Who themed events in Cardiff, this time a 5km Big Fun Run to raise money for the Cardiff Institute for the Blind, reports icwales.co.uk. The run is supported by the BBC, and takes place on September 30 at Bute Park, Cardiff.

You can find out more about this at the Cardiff Institute for the Blind website, www.cibi.co.uk.


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