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Published on September 12th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

New Worzel?

TV industry news suggests that among various series heading for a remake, Worzel Gummidge could be among them.

The original series starred Third Doctor Jon Pertwee between 1979-1981, and again in 1987-1988, and followed the adventures of a walking talking scarecrow created by the Crow Man (Geoffrey Bayldon). Joining Gummidge on his adventures was Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally, a wooden carnival doll. The series was based on a novels by Barbara Euphan Todd.

A curious show, it’s Hampshire countryside setting and theme tune (sung by Pertwee) gave it a unique charm. Pertwee’s performance was also of note, as were the show’s curiosities, such as Gummidge’s store of heads with different abilities (for instance a "dancing head") for different occasions.

The show was also notable for being a major role for Pertwee outside of Doctor Who, and gave him the rare opportunity for the actor to be a hero to children via two roles – the regenerating time travelling Doctor and the head-swapping scarecrow.

The big question is this: is Worzel Gummidge too closely associated with one actor that a replacement simply wouldn’t work?

Sadly, I think that is the case.

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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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