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SIR—How poignant that television viewers' third favourite series of all time (report, Sept. 6) should be Doctor Who, a programme that the BBC killed off in 1989 and — with the exception of an unsatisfactory one-off American co-production — has not had the imagination or self-confidence to revive.

The doctor, most memorably portrayed by the bouffant-haired, frilly shirted Jon Pertwee, is perhaps the only immortal character created by the corporation, second only to Sherlock Holmes in the national affections. Conan Doyle was eventually forced to bring back his great creation, having apparently tipped him over the Reichenbach Falls; now it is time for the BBC to do the decent thing.

I fear, however, that this is a lost cause. The doctor is old-fashioned, courteous and a rugged individualist, all virtues anathema to the modern BBC. Moreover, he is a hereditary Time Lord.

Since he has always fought valiantly against the Daleks' schemes for interplanetary union, surely the model for the BBC's favoured Euro-federalism, it may be some time before the Tardis rematerialises.


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