Richard E. Grant as Dr. Who

While waiting for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors to reach the States, I was tipped off to some animated Dr. Who episodes on the BBC web site. These are really well done and managed to slake my Doctor cravings for a little while longer.

In particular, Richard E. Grant's second turn as the somewhat Earth-obsessed Time Lord in Scream of the Shalka is a must-see. The tired frustration of his Doctor is a refreshing change from the more amiable personas he's had in recent incarnations. After saving the Earth (nay, the universe) from certain destruction for over forty years, you kind of can't blame him for being fed up with the whole thing.

(Second turn as The Doctor? Yup. Richard E. Grant played The Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death, a spoof produced for the charity organization Comic Relief. I think Rowan Atkinson makes an excellent Doctor, if I may say so myself.)

[Raymond is currently away; this message was pre-recorded.]

Comments (10)
  1. Fox Cutter says:

    Oh I agree, Rowan was spot on as the Doctor.

    If I remeber right, you live in the Seattle area. If you have Comcast the CBC is on 99, and they are showing the new Doctor Who. Right now the are rerunning the first season on Sundays.

  2. Anonymous Coward says:

    The new Doctor Who series (I think using "Dr." is frowned upon?) was really excellent.

    I highly suggest those fans not in reach of the BBC to seek it out by other means (BitTorrent). Just promise to buy DVD when it comes out – that’s fair, right?

    The Empty Child/Doctor Dances two-parter was one of the best sci-fi tv episodes in recent (and not too recent) memory.

  3. Dominic Self says:

    Anonymous Coward – it’s a lot like the ‘System Tray’. Yes, Dr. Who is frowned upon. Yes, the BBC use it themselves. No, you may never use it around hardened Who fans ;-)

    The new series was absolutely fantastic, glad to see overseas viewers enjoyed it too!

  4. Anonymous gas mask wearer says:


    Are you my mommy?

    I agree with AC. For some reason that is one of the scariest things I have seen in a while. Doctor Who had me hiding behind the sofa as a child, and now as an adult as well.

    As for the best Doctor, they don’t come any better than Pertwee.

  5. Anonymous gas mask wearer says:

    I forgot to say – apparently there are also a lot of audio Who episodes, produced while the TV program was in its long long break.

    Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to exterminate some bugs. Ex-ter-mi-nate!

  6. JamesW says:


    Are you my mommy?


    Blasphemy! Who is not American!


    Are you my mummy?

    Ah, that’s better.

    BTW Who deprived, torrent averse folk can buy the DVD’s from right now – they’ll be region 2 PAL though. Box set full of extras towards the end of the year and a christmas special on the BBC. Woo Who!

  7. Anonymous gas mask wearer says:

    I’m not American either, but I prefer the "o" spelling. For one thing, people then know I’m not talking about Sutekh’s robots :)

  8. Marcel says:

    I’ve never seen Doctor Who before, though I’ve heard of the name I don’t think it ever ran in Germany. But after having seen this and subsequently the first episode of the new series I must say, me likeeee. Thanks for introducing me!

  9. Merle says:

    There was an eighth Doctor already?

  10. Dominic Self says:

    Merle – Paul McGann, in the ill-fated 1996 TV movie. (Which had flaws, but McGann was fantastic in it)

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