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Published on January 13th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Small Person Shortage Hits Dr Who

According to Ananova, there is a lack of vertically challenged talent available for the new series of Doctor Who:

Small Person Shortage Hits Dr Who

A lack of short actors has hit filming of the BBC’s multi-million pound revamp of Dr Who.

Show bosses on the sci-fi series have been left fuming after two new Hollywood blockbusters hired virtually all of the talent.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has snapped up short actors to play staff in the factory.

Meanwhile, the new Harry Potter film have snapped up most of the rest to play Gringotts bank staff.

It has left Dr Who – famous for its Daleks (pictured) – reeling as they need a certain number of actors under 4ft tall to play tiny blue aliens.

One show insider admitted to the Mirror: “The two big films have snapped up all the talent. It has been hard to find who we want.”

Agent Peter Burroughs, whose company represents short actors, admitted he has been unable to find a 3ft 8ins star available for the show.

The new Dr Who series, starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper and Simon Callow, kicks off in March.

It remains to be seen if the shortage will drastically impact filming of the new series.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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