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Will Dr. Who make the Grade?

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THE Dr. Who programme will be on trial when the series returns to BBC Television In the autumn.

The programme was threatened with the axe lest year by BBC-1 controller Mr. Michael Grade, but he relented after an outlay by Dr. Who fans.

Mr. Grade said the programme had become "tired and unimaginative" and too violent, and warned: "I shall be watching the new series very closely."


The long-running and popular series will go into production at the end of March with Colin Baker returning as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his assistant Peri.

Mr. Grade add: "Dr. Who is too valuable a property not to continue with it. But I was unhappy with the last series for several reasons.

"The show was tired and unimaginative and the stories were weak. There was some implicit violence which alarmed me so I told the production team it had to be cleaned up.

"I felt the show was going backwards, not forwards. These days we have people like Spielberg in the cinema, and Dr. Who hasn't moved we'll the times.

The show's producer, John Nathan-Turner, said: "We are all looking forward to starting work on what we believe will be an exciting series with a strong element of humour and some stunning new monsters.

Caption: Nicola Bryant ... plays Peri

Caption: Colin Baker as the Doctor

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