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Top of the docs (2005)

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FIRST REVIEW OF SCRUFFY NEW DR WHO


DOCTOR Who makes a triumphant return to telly this month — but he's regenerated into a scruffy bloke in baggy jeans.

The space hero, now played by Christopher Eccleston, looks more like a bloke from Manchester than a time-traveller from another world.

But it is not long before he is back in action saving new assistant Rose Tyler -- Chris Evans' ex missus Billie Piper, 22 — from a marauding bunch of shop dummies.

Millions of fans have been holding their breath to see if Eccleston, 41, does the legendary Timelord justice.

In the eagerly-awaited first episode, to be screened at Easter, sales girl Rose is terrified when store mannequins — the Autons — come to life. Then her boyfriend comes to a suitably sticky end when he is attacked by wheelie bins.

In a move that may upset die-hard fans, the first episode is seen through the eyes of Billie's character Rose after producers decided to establish a stronger female sidekick.

The new Who doesn't wear a scarf or fancy coat — but from the start Eccleston is outstanding. And the script from Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies is sparky, witty and will please even the most ardent fans.

Highlights include the first look inside the new Tardis. Low points include the Doc being attacked by a severed arm and Autons trying to overturn London buses.

But Dr Who has stood the test of time.


TAR-DISSED BY BEEB

CHARLOTTE Church cuddles up to The Sun's Dalek last night moments before mean BBC bosses exterminated him from the Dr Who premiere.

Our baddie — who led a successful campaign to reinstate the Daleks after problems with their contracts — rolled up to the bash in Cardiff.

But security guards refused to let him in to the screening with stars Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and Charlotte, 19. A BBC spokesman said: "I'm sorry, but there is no room for your Dalek."

Meanwhile, new Timelord Chris warned fans against watching an episode leaked on to the internet. He said: "It's a rough cut without special effects. Wait to see it in all its glory."

Billie's return to pop — Bizarre, Pages 20 & 21

Caption: Warning ... Christopher

Caption: Out this world ... Billie

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