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Published on March 24th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Sylvester McCoy on Rose

The Seventh Doctor speaks! Currently appearing in Arsenic and Old Lace at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, Syvester McCoy took time out to speak to Helen Pidd of The Guardian.

The old Doctor waxes lyrical on the new series, complimenting the lead cast and the storyline of the first episode, comparing the sets, storyline and incidental music in his own inimitable manner. He also spends a good paragraph describing the new TARDIS, and tells us that the Daleks are now “thinner”, although he doesn’t reveal where he has acquired this information (it may be a trick of the light, as the new Dalek is apparently taller than the originals).

Most notably, however, is the fact that Sylvester McCoy calls Doctor Who fans “nerds”:

There is another lovely bit where a nerd is researching Doctor Who on the internet. We go back in time and see pictures of Eccleston’s Doctor standing on the grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas, where Kennedy was assassinated. The interesting thing here is that the first Doctor Who in 1963 went out the day Kennedy was shot – the BBC repeated the episode the following week in case anyone missed it in the confusion. That is the kind of attention to detail that nerds really love.

The full article can be found here (registration may be required) – let’s forgive him on the “nerds” though eh?

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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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