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The Doctor faces his newest adversary ... the Canadians 2005-03-09
Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show 2005-03-10
Forgotten timelord 2005-03-11
The Return of the Time Lord 2005-03-18
Billie the kid 2005-03-19
Piper at the gates of dim 2005-03-21
Doctor faces a high-tech challenge 2005-03-26
Blonde Bombshell 2005-03-26
The Whys and Whats of Who 2005-03-26
Oh Lord, he's still stuck in the past 2005-03-27
Just what the Doctor ordered 2005-03-28
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The Right Medicine? 2005-03-30
He saves the world and BBC, then Dr Who quits 2005-03-31
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Dr Who too scary for young children 2005-04-14
BBC climbs down over Doctor Who fear factor 2005-04-15
Casanova regenerates into the new Doctor Who 2005-04-16
Who's Afraid? 2005-04-19
Nigel Andrew's View 2005-04-23
Rovers' returns 2005-04-29
Back behind the sofa — it's a Dalek 2005-05-02
Wanted: One Time Lord, Tardis optional 2005-05-06
Let's not be beastly to Daleks 2005-05-16
An absurd ruling takes the fun out of Doctor Who 2005-05-16
Unsuitable for children 2005-05-17
The censors ... will ... exterminate 2005-05-17
Doctor treated 2005-05-19
Legislate! Legislate! 2005-05-19
BBC advises Doctor Who fans to stay offline until the bitter end 2005-06-14
Sought, located 2005-06-15
The Doctor's fate is sealed with a first kiss — or two 2005-06-16
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Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show (2005)


Doctor Who puts accent on a new look to old show

THE ninth Doctor Who has a confession to make, nearly three weeks before his police box materialises for the first time on 21st-century television.

Christopher Eccleston, who has inherited the time-travelling Tardis from predecessors including Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, never liked the programme as a boy. He told the audience at a preview of the first episode yesterday in Cardiff, where much of the series was filmed, that he found the character of the Doctor "too authoritarian" and tried to avoid watching it.

The new Doctor is a completely reconstituted character, with short hair and a well-worn leather jacket. He jokes about his sticking-out ears and northern accent. "I'm different from the other Doctors," Eccleston said. "All the others spoke with this RP [received pronunciation] accent — maybe it was that that put me off."

The new series has retained the best of the old, including the 1950s police box, the theme music, the Daleks, who first appear in Episode 6, the Time Lords and the Doctor's "sonic screwdriver". Banished are the wobbly sets and creaky special effects. The new Doctor is mercurial, funny and ever so slightly camp — and he enjoys a closer relationship with his new female assistant than previous doctors. Rose, played by Billie Piper, finds his lack of social skills infuriating and endearing in equal measure.

Eccleston says that he brought some of himself to the role, but his real inspiration was the creator the writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies. Eccleston volunteered for the role as soon as he read that Davies, writer of Queer As Folk and The Second Coming, in which Eccleston starred, was behind it.

Thirteen episodes will be broadcast in the crucial Saturday early-evening slot on BBC One from the Easter holiday weekend. Unlike previous series, nine of the 45-minute episodes will be self-contained stories, while the other four are two stories in two parts. The latest Time Lord is very much a creature of the 21st century. His predecessors might have maintained a discreet silence if confronted by the entire British Cabinet breaking wind uncontrollably, as happens in one episode. But the new Doctor tells them: "Would you mind not farting while I'm trying to save the world."

Caption: The Autons, aliens of living plastic who take the shape of shop dummies, take over London in the first episode of Doctor Who

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