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Published on January 23rd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor-in-Law

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison has been appearing in a few publications lately as part of his promotion of the ITV1 series Unforgiven - and naturally conversation in these interviews turns to the current Doctor Who series, his brief return for Children in Need – and of course daughter Georgia Moffett’s relationshop with David Tennant.

There’s plenty of comedy potential from the concept of one Doctor dating another Doctor’s daughter, but it seems that the reality of it is far less interesting – and rather domestic!

"It can be odd when David comes round for Sunday lunch and we all sit at the table — me, an ex-Doctor Who, with my wife, and David, another Doctor Who, with my daughter.

"But it’s great because David is a genuinely nice guy — and also a very fine Doctor Who. I think he’s benefited from the advances in technology there have been since my time in the early Eighties, when the sets used to wobble about."

Work-wise, other than the obvious connection with the ITV series about a girl adjusting to life outside of prison (Davison plays a lawyer determined to help Ruth – played by Suranne Jones – who has been released from prison for the murder of two policemen) it seems Peter hasn’t got much more work lined up outside of appearing at Doctor Who events and on Big Finish releases.

"I’m hoping I can hold out for that really exciting part rather than having to do something I simply couldn’t bear for six months or a year.

"I’m off to Australia in March for some Doctor Who conventions. And I get residual payments from old shows such as Doctor Who when they’re sold to a far-flung part of the world."

It’s wonderful to see Mr Davison back on our screens to be honest, in any capacity – not to mention still so fond of the show that he joined as a 29 year old back in 1981. 28 years later, he still hasn’t had enough of it:

"If David Tennant’s successor, Matt Smith, wants to hand over the Doctor Who reins to an actor pushing 60 in a few years’ time, I’ll be ready and waiting. . ."

Wouldn’t that be something?

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About the Author

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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