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What's Up Doc? (2005)

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WHO'S THAT MAN: Christopher Eccleston ALIEN: The Moxx of Balhoon

DUM-e-de-dum, dum-e-de-dum, dum-e-de-dum, wooooh ooh...

The familiar theme tune is back, so are the Tardis and even the Daleks. Get ready to hide behind the sofa again as Doctor Who returns to our screens after nine years - or 16 if you don't count Paul McGann's 1996 film.

The much-awaited new series (BBC1, Saturday) sees Christopher Eccleston become the ninth TV Time Lord, with Billie Piper as his new assistant, Rose.

He's unlikely to return the drama to its 1970s heyday, when 16 million viewers watched the likes of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. But the new series is fun for all the family, combining a witty script from Russell T. Davis with cutting-edge effects and monsters.

Chris, 40, confesses he wasn't a fan of the Doctor as a child.

'I've got some memories of it, but I was always out playing. I found him a bit too authoritarian as a character.

'But I really wanted to play him, so as soon as I found out Russell was writing the scripts, I e-mailed him to let him know my interest.

'If you wanted to be cynical about it, a lot of the work I've done has been comfort food for liberals,' he says, referring to TV dramas such as Our Friends In The North and Hillsborough.

'I'm trying to entertain a different audience with Doctor Who. I'm acting for children and families. It's exciting and funny and scary.'

Chris is a Time Lord for the 21st century. Gone are the long scarves, waistcoats and flamboyant jackets of previous Doctors - instead we get a down-toearth northerner in a simple leather jacket.

He says: 'The Doctor is a scientist and an intellectual and a lot of people seem to think you can only be those things if you speak with Received Pronunciation which, of course, is rubbish.'

In the first of 13 episodes, viewers will see the Doc and Rose fight the terrifying Autons - shop dummies that come to life and try to take over the world.

Later, viewers will enjoy the return of the legendary Daleks - which are now able to fly - as well as new enemies including giant lizards, evil demons and huge spiders.

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