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Who's for laughs?

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WHO was that new comedian on the telly on Saturday? Why, none other than Dr Who.

For the intrepid time traveller is back—with a police box full of gags

The cult series has been off our screens since Beeb Boss Michael Grade, accused it of being too violent.

Now producer John Nathan-Turner has hit back with scripts full of punch-lines instead of punch-ups, and Doctor Who stands accused again—this time by the gaffers of the Universe.

Saturday's opening show contained a marvellously droll performance by tough-guy actor Tony Selby whose quips were as sharp as his arrows.

And Joan Sims was a hoot as the leader of a bunch of monosyllabic cave men.

I'm not sure the Doctors 110 million worldwide audience will take readily to the new show's Star Wars cum Comedy Store formula. But for me it's the best thing on the box since the Daleks.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Rimmer, Bryan (1986-09-08). Who's for laughs?. Daily Mirror p. 17.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Rimmer, Bryan. "Who's for laughs?." Daily Mirror [add city] 1986-09-08, 17. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Rimmer, Bryan. "Who's for laughs?." Daily Mirror, edition, sec., 1986-09-08
  • Turabian: Rimmer, Bryan. "Who's for laughs?." Daily Mirror, 1986-09-08, section, 17 edition.
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