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Is this the end for Dr Who?

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PAUL McGann as the latest Dr Who could be facing premature extermination — not by old enemies the daleks but by the BBC's big-shot American partners Universal Television.

A decision on McGann's future is expected early next year but a BBC executive has revealed that a new series of the sci-fi drama might never be made.

The main reason is the £3 million Dr Who TV movie, starring McGann and shown in May, wasn't a big enough hit in the US — only attracting 8.3 million viewers when it clashed with Roseanne.

The BBC's deal with Universal was that if US ratings were good, Universal would make a follow-up TV series.

The news has Dr Who fans fuming. Andrew Eaton, of the Dr Who Appreciation Society, said: "It has been sold to about 60 countries, so why are they depending on American money?"

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