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Published on November 1st, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Midshipman Frame Speaks

Russell T Davies and Phil Collinsons pet pug-dog Russell Tovey has spoken out on rumours of his casting as the 11th Doctor.

Apparently, he’s not a popular choice – but then Russell T Davies is renowned for winding fans up…

No sh*t, Sherlock:

"It’s just a fantastic compliment that’s been blown up. It’s wonderful bollocks, really! It hasn’t done me any harm at all. The night before [it came out], he texted me saying ‘I made a comment about you being the 11th Doctor, which would be brilliant. Sorry if you get any hassle. I said ‘That’s cool’. Then it’s everywhere. I was getting texts from everyone, and Facebook groups – well, there’s only three members – but there’s a Facebook group called ‘I’d be furious if Russell Tovey replaces David Tennant as the Doctor’. They were all kind of bitchy. I never go on forums either but I did this time."

Interestingly, big ears was scripted into The Stolen Earth as Midshipman Frame (cause he was just THAT good in Voyage of the Damned, right folks?)

"Russell sent me his book the other day, which explains what would have happened. It would have been Donna, The Doctor and [Midshipman Frame] in the Tardis looking for Earth. But then I would have got killed by a Dalek, so maybe it’s a good idea I didn’t come back."

(Don’t forget that Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale is available from Amazon for just £15.00 – a saving of 50% on the RRP!)

Frankly, I’d rather have Roberta Tovey as the Doctor. At least she doesn’t drive the viewer screaming for a fork to gauge their eyes out.

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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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