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Published on April 13th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

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Idle Speculation

Yet another publication has run a story heavily suggesting that David Tennant will be leaving Doctor Who before Series 4, a practice that seems to be as common in newspapers these days as crosswords.

The Scotsman takes its own view of the situation, offering odds on various actors to take over as the 12th Doctor:

Irish bookies Paddy Power make another Scot, Robert Carlyle, their 5-2 favourite for the role, with Liverpudlian actor David Morrisey of Viva Blackpool second best at 4-1. Jason Statham of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is also at 4-1…

Richard E Grant is quoted at 6-1 and the Withnail and I star would be an eccentric Doctor in the Tom Baker mould. So, too, would be Stephen Fry, a 10-1 shot… Hard-man former footballer Vinnie Jones is 20-1 while Ricky Gervais is the outsider at 66s, though his stint in Night at the Museum showed he could handle any role.

But for an inspired piece of time-travel casting, why not try 10-1 shot John Simm (right), soon to finish his stint as Sam Tyler in the brilliant Life on Mars.

Evidently the Scotsman writer saw a different A Night at the Museum to me… and obviously isn’t aware that John Simm has already been cast in Doctor Who Series 3…

Meanwhile, remember Paul Parson’s “The Science of Doctor Who”? One year ago it was making waves after allegations that the writer was using his position as editor of BBC Focus Magazine to promote the book which was not published by the BBC. Well since then it has been read and re-read and is now nominated for a Royal Society prize for science books, reports The Guardian. But what’s it about?

Paul Parson’s The Science of Doctor Who… explains the scientific reality behind the programme. He even tackles the tricky questions of how a sonic screwdriver would work and where the toilets are on the Tardis.

Hmmm… not sure about that last one.

If you’re short of Smith and Jones reviews (and we have a new one here) you might fancy a trip over to Blogcritics.org. There’s an interesting observation by one of the reviewers right at the end:

The main thing that worries me is that the series is falling into a set routine, dropping hints about the “big bad” throughout the season (this time Mr. Saxon) and doing a historical story as the second episode (okay, it was the third one in season one, but you know what I mean). I just hope they don’t get complacent with their “winning” formula.

We’ll finish with news that the 12th Doctor has indeed been cast – and she’s played by Billie Piper! Or perhaps not. It’s difficult to tell truth from fiction when reading TheSpoof.com

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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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