The Ninth Doctor Speaks

BBC Radio 1’s entertainment news has a few words from Christopher Ecceston about the impact he has had on the nations children as Doctor Who. The ninth Doctor Who told Newsbeat:

“The best thing about ‘Doctor Who’ for me has been the response I’ve had from children, both in the street and the number of letters and drawings of me and daleks, which are all over my wall at home…In all the 20 years I’ve been acting, I’ve never enjoyed a response so much as the one I’ve had from children and I’m carrying that in my heart forever.”

Words which frankly warm the soul no end. Tom Baker was not wrong when he described himself a hero to children. The impact of Doctor Who on the young is a massive one that can open minds and hearts and thrill them both.

Several organs, including The Times have reported on the theft of 300K from the BBC by an executives involved the return of Doctor Who:

Doctor Who executive arrested

A BBC executive responsible for Doctor Who has been arrested by police investigating more than £300,000 that went missing.

Toby Grosvenor was arrested on suspicion of theft weeks after leaving his post in Cardiff as head of operations for BBC Wales. Mr Grosvenor, 44, was in charge of 330 staff and the head of technology for the unit which made the hit series starring Christopher Eccleston.

He left his post in April after filming finished on the drama. Police confirmed that he had been arrested on suspicion of theft from his employers in May. He was released on bail until August pending further investigations.

A police spokesman said: “An investigation is under way after we were brought in by BBC officials. A man has been arrested and released on bail while the fraud squad carry out a detailed inquiry into alleged deception involving a large amount of money. He will be questioned again at a later date.”

A similar report in The Mirror suggested the gentleman was a “head of technology” for the production.

Christian Cawley

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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