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Who Dares Wins! (1996)

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New Time Lord's a quantum leap ahead of the rest

HE defeated the Daleks, smashed the Cybermen and stitched up the Silurians.

But could DR WHO survive a close encounter with planet Hollywood?

Is Mr Spock logical? Does Captain Kirk boldly go? TV's latest Doctor is hot enough to defrost a freezer full of Ice Warriors.

New readers start here. Dr Who is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. He is 720 years old (he went to school with Barbara Cartland), has 13 lives, two hearts and time-travels in a tatty old Tardis — the sci-fi equivalent of Del Boy's three-wheeler.

The Doc was last seen in 1989 when, his ratings draining away, he was nobbled by his most determined enemy. the evil Ak-Ountants.


But sci-fi is big business, so our British hero has copped a £2million U.S. make-over. Read on.

Dateline: San Francisco, December 31, 1999. Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, crash lands and is promptly gunned down by a Chinese drug gang. Not before time either—he was the ropiest Doc to date.

Sexy heart surgeon Grate kills him by accident and McCoy morphs into Dr 8, Paul McGann (so dopey-looking it's easy to believe he's an aliens.

McGann gets to share Who's first ever screen snog with her. Lucky sod.

On a scale of cosmic crumpet, amazing Grace is up there with Leela and Kate "Jo Grant" Manning who once posed starkers for a men's mag with a Dalek.

Who's arch-enemy, The Master, is now a green-eyed baddie in Terminator shades trying to destroy the world.

And the Tardis interior is a Gothic pleasure dome. A quantum leap away from the days when the Daleks' flashing lights were indicators from a Morris 8.

But what's the point in pining for papier mache monsters and gravel pit planets? Even a Time Lord can't stay in the past forever.

Dr Who has travelled the distance that separates Star Trek from Deep Space Nine - he's moved up to date.

Let's have him back for good.

PS: Why was anyone afraid of the Daleks? All you had to do to beat 'em was go upstairs.

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