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Tuesday, November 9, 1999 Published at 13:04 GMT


Repeat treat for Dr Who fans

"Doctor" Jon Petrwee in another colour adventure, The Day of the Daleks

Cult TV character Doctor Who is to rematerialise on TV - repeats of the long-running sci-fi series are to be screened on BBC Two.

The Tuesday evening re-runs, starting on 16 November, will begin with the first episode of the Spearhead From Space adventure from 1970 starring the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee.

[ image: Fourth Doctor Tom Baker is presenting a BBC theme night]
Fourth Doctor Tom Baker is presenting a BBC theme night
The first colour episode of the series was also Pertwee's first appearance in the role.

However, he is not seen "regenerating" from his previous form, played by Patrick Troughton. Instead he merely emerges from the Tardis with his new look.

The repeat run follows the Doctor Who theme night on BBC Two this Saturday to be introduced by the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.

It features a 30-minute documentary about the time traveller's galactic foes, including the Daleks, The Master and the Cybermen.

[ image: Paul McGann played the Doctor in a 1996 TV movie]
Paul McGann played the Doctor in a 1996 TV movie
There is also a 40-minute programme about the phenomenon of the Doctor and a special set of comedy sketches.

There are also two short films looking at the scientific reality of the the sci-fi concepts featuted in Doctor Who, such as time ravel and the Doctor's larger-than-life time machine, the Tardis (Time and Relative Dimension in Space).

It is 10 years since Doctor Who - in the shape of Sylvester McCoy - was finally exterminated by BBC executives after 26 years.

A campaign to bring back the Doctor has persisted and books and videos featuring the Time Lord are still big sellers.

A 1996 TV film starring Paul McGann was well received in the UK, but failed to take off in the US.

There is still talk of a new feature film being made about the Doctor and names thrown up on his fans' websites and in fanzines have included Cry Freedom's Denzel Washington, Star Trek veteran Patrick Stewart and former Monty Python star John Cleese.

Shopping director Paul Anderson and Russell T Davies - the man behind Channel 4's Queer As Folk - have also been linked to new projects.

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