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Time's up for the Doctor ..

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Peter quits the Tardis after his three year stint

The current Dr Who—alias the retiring Peter Davison — with actress wife Sandra Dickinson.

PETER DAVISON is about to make his last TV tour of duty in the Tardis. For the 31-year-old star revealed yesterday that his next series as Dr Who — his third, which will be seen in January — will also be his last.

"I think it's time to move- on to something new," explained Peter, who took up the role of the Time Lord less than two years ago.

"When I took on the job I gave myself three years. To me, that's the ideal time." Peter also said that being the star of a show that's seen in 39 different countries meant great demands on him. "I've had some marvellous offers to do other things ... but when you are Dr Who, it's a full-time job."

Peter stressed that he'd always been a fan of Dr Who and loved playing the role which had previously been filled by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. "I'll miss the costume," he joked. "But I've no idea what I'll do next .. . I'm open to offers. An actor has to move on and not get stuck doing the same thing."

The fifth Dr Who — who is married to actress Sandra Dickinson — will bow out in style.

In addition to the new series he will be seen in a variety of TV specials.

Three complete Dr Who adventures will be screened in August and Peter Davison will also be seen in The Five Doctors a 90-minute special to celebrate the 20th birthday of the science fiction programme.

The original Dr Who, the late William Hartnell, filled the role for three years. Patrick Troughton — in my opinion, the best Doctor — also stayed for three years.

Jon Pertwee set a new Dr Who record by portraying the character for five years, and Tom Baker did even better with a seven-year term of office.

Now the search is on again for a new star to play the much-travelled Doctor ... and it seems certain that someone older than the youthful Peter Davison will be cast in the role.

John Nathan-Turner, the programme's producer, admitted: "I'll be looking for an older actor than Peter, who was the youngest Dr Who ever. I'll also be looking for someone more eccentric."

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