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“Oh yes, we go back a long way; several centuries in fact…”

Given Russell T Davies’s penchant for reviving more and more Dr Who clutter from the old days, despite saying he’d do no such thing, who – and what – should we reasonably expect to see parading across our screen in years to come?

This will happen, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. It’s too simple and lazy a device for Davies to resist. The Doctor will arrive in Cardiff to “mend the rift” or some such bollocks only to notice, out of the corner of his eye, a strangely familiar flash of yellow lurking in a nearby garage. “Well blow me!” he will shout at the top of his voice in a way that, for David Tennant’s Doctor, seems to increasingly pass for normal speech. “The old girl’s back!”

A slightly less obvious alternative to 1), but a must for mid-way through series five. The Doctor is in Cardiff mending the rift, only to get a strange feeling he’s being watched. Determined to find out who is spying on him, it transpires it’s not a who, it’s a what…the Whomobile, hovering above his head thanks to some kind of preposterous automatic homing beacon business, ready to take the Doctor off to a peace conference where John Simm is threatening to blow up the planet.

While mending the rift in Cardiff, the Doctor is suddenly grabbed by some anonymous looking thugs and bundled into the back of a van. Protesting, he is bound and gagged and transported hundreds of miles to a secret location in the heart of the Cardiff suburbs. Only when he is freed does the Doctor recognise the surroundings as the base for the army’s killing-aliens division, whereupon he marches boldly into the Brigadier’s office, bawls “Alastair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart, me old matey!”, only to find Caroline Quentin sitting behind the desk.

Now this is more like it. A shape-changing robot who can disappear for episodes on end and have its non-appearance explained away by being a) in a cupboard b) broken c) having shape-changed into a normal human being. “It was ahead of its time,” boasted John Nathan-Turner. Perhaps, now, it’s time has come.

You just know that this is going to be the “big” Radio Times-cover thing for series four. While the Doctor is mending the rift in Cardiff he gets caught in “a temporal distortion” or some such crap, ending up in an expensive foreign location peopled with guest stars like Stephen Merchant, Kate Thornton and Keith Barron. “Mysterious forces” will have conspired to also bring none other than Peter Davidson to the same location, together with – in a fuck-you to the fans – Sarah Sutton and Sophie Aldred at the same time. The two Doctors must learn to work together if they are to save the world from Keith Barron and his evil wicked space queen, played by Gwen Taylor.



  1. FeedbackReport

    March 21, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I would genuinely like to see them forget about all of this badly thought-through Fan Fiction-esque ‘Time War’ silliness and bring back AN Other Time Lord Who Isn’t The Master. Particularly The Meddling Monk, who could be reinvented as a sub-Jackass prankster. Or The Rani, who as she was previously seen in a none-more-eighties ‘Soap Superbitch’ incarnation, should by now have regenerated into a gobby Lily Allen/Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace type.

    Alternatively, I’d like to see The Voord, The Kraals and The Delegates From The Daleks’ Masterplan team up for a plot to conquer the Earth by rendering mankind helpless with laughter at how ridiculous their costumes are.

  2. John Nor

    April 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Well, two years on, your predictions… 2/5.

    1) BESSIE – No, but a mention in Comic Relief Mastermind 2009 at least.
    2) THE WHOMOBILE – Nope.
    3) THE BRIGADIER – Yes. Well, in SJA.
    4) KAMELION – Nope.
    5) ANOTHER DOCTOR – Yes, Time Crash.

    Here’s hoping 2) or 4) feature in Planet of the Dead!

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