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Buffy 'inspires Doctor sidekick'
The fifth doctor, Peter Davidson
Peter Davison was one of many Doctors
Doctor Who is to get a Buffy-style sidekick when he makes his TV return.

His new colleague will be a modern action heroine, according to writer Russell T Davies, who is reviving the sci-fi series for the BBC in 2005.

"A screaming girly companion is unacceptable now," he said in an interview for TV Times magazine.

The search is still on for an actor to play the new Doctor Who, with Alan Davies, Eddie Izzard, and Richard E Grant all linked to the role.

Anniversary

Davies said he planned to make other changes to bring the new Doctor Who up to date. The Tardis will stay - but the Daleks may be under threat.

"I love the Daleks, but I wouldn't load the series with lots of old monsters. We want to make brand new ones," he said.

In pictures

Fans of the series celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. The show first appeared on the BBC in 1963, with William Hartnell taking the lead role.

By the time it was taken off air in 1989 it had become an institution, with Sylvester McCoy becoming the seventh actor to play the Doctor.

In a recent Radio Times poll, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head was voted favourite to become the latest TV time lord.





VOTE RESULTS
Who should be the next Doctor?
Anthony Head
 37.07% 
Alan Rickman
 26.82% 
Stephen Fry
 13.49% 
Alan Davies
 16.51% 
Ian Richardson
 6.12% 
9718 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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