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On a bicycle made for Who! (1982)

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  • Publication: The Sun
  • Date: 1982-05-08
  • Author: Chris Kenworthy
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  • Language: English

From Chris Kenworthy in Amsterdam

MORE legs, more sex-appeal—that's the recipe for time-travelling Dr Who when he comes back to television this winter.

I have been watching the BBC film a new Who adventure this week around the canals and squares of this Dutch city.

Peter Davison, back for his second .series as the Doctor, is the youngest and by far the most romantic of the five Whos so far.

Watch him fooling around on a bicycle—Amsterdam is 50 per cent water and 30 per cent bicycles—and you realise he is also the funniest.

He has the sexiest assistants too. In the new series, you are going to see more of them than ever before — thanks to new, more costumes.

Janet Fielding, the red-haired 24-year-old Australian from Brisbane, who plays Tegan, is flashing her legs in broderie anglaise shorts and showing her shoulders in a "waspie" corset.

Sarah Sutton, 20, looks leggy in a mini-skirt, pantaloons and new shirt top.


"The fans complained when she covered up her legs with tight velvet trousers," says producer John Nathan Turner.

But if the girls get the glances here in Amsterdam, it is 30-year-old Davison, in stripey trousers and fawn frock coat with a stick of celery at his lapel, who earns the admiration.

And that's in spite of the fact that Dr Who has been banned from Dutch television for the last three years as "too frightening."

That doesn't stop Dutch fans switching on to the series. Many of them can pick up British television across the North Sea,

Davison is also a familiar face from his stint as Tristan in All Creatures Great And Small—shown here as Doktor Herriot.

"The attention does take a bit of getting used revealing

to," Davison admits as yet another crowd gathers, this time in the teeming city centre called Leidseplein.

"I tried every kind of disguise I could think of.

"I had a woolly hat and dark glasses—but everybody just wondered who was hiding behind the dark glasses.


"In the end I just gave up.

Despite the adulation, Davison's secret fear is being out Of work.

Even with series like Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort taking up his time, he worries about it.

He says: "I suppose every actor has a phobia about it. But I'm convinced the whole time that every job is my last."

Caption: Peter Davison takes Janet Fielding for a spin

Caption: Who girls Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton

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