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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April, 2005, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Tory verdict on Doctor Who

By Nick Assinder
Political correspondent, BBC News website

POSTED: Monday 11 April, 1010BST

Christopher Eccleston and Tim Collins
Who's who: Christopher Eccleston and Tim Collins

Never mind the election campaign, I have the answer to the question that really matters: what does the Tory Education Spokesman, Tim Collins, think of the new Doctor Who?

Mr Collins is famous for his devotion and admiration for the previous incarnations of the Doctor, and is a fount of all Tardis-related trivia. His verdict could make or break the programme's revival...

It's good news. Mr Collins believes the new Doctor Who is "fantastic", adding that at least some real money had been spent on it.

Cue BBC bosses breathing sigh of relief.

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Does this mean that if the Tories win, Michael Howard will anounce he plans to step down at the end of the first parliamentary session to avoid being type cast?
Richard Caley, Edinburgh

Maybe investment in Doctor Who is on cards if the Tory win. They could close down or two Hospital and invest it 24 hour Doctor Who TV. At least we will all die happy.
Matthew Freedman, London UK

I am horrified to discover that I have something in common with Tim Collins.
P Schooling, london

I think you'll find that support for the new series crosses the political divide. I wouldn't vote Tory in a million years and certainly wouldn't agree with any of his policies. However I would certainly stand shoulder to shoulder in admiration and love for the series. Doctor Who isn't about politics it's about life, fantasy and excitement. Something that politics very rarely engenders.
Kristian Barry, Cardiff, Wales

Don't for a minute think that the Conservatives have a monopoly on Doctor Who. A recent survey showed that most Doctor Who fans were Lib Dems (and I am very proud to count myself as a Lib Dem Doctor Who fan)
Harry "The Doctor" Hayfield, Ffos-y-ffin, Wales





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