Uncle Sam-ic Screwdriver?

Paul McGann as the Eighth DoctorHiding away in some delightful banter between Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and lovely Karen Gillan in the Mirror over the weekend was the return of the horrific
rumour of a US version of Doctor Who.

I cannot state clearly enough how absolutely wrong this would be. America had its chance with Doctor Who in 1996 – there is simply no way they could possibly do the series justice.

Apparently, a source told the Sunday Mirror:

“The countdown is on for an American Time Lord to take over the Tardis. Doctor Who is as British as tea and toast or fish and chips. So there will be a few ruffled feathers at the thought of such a British institution being given a Hollywood makeover.

“This is going to be an all-American Doctor. Think Uncle Sam with a Sonic Screwdriver.”

I’d rather not, frankly. Americanizing Torchwood is one thing – the format lends itself to a band of alien hunters from anywhere in the world.

While Doctor Who can take us anywhere in the world, an American version of the series can only succeed in making the same mistakes of the past, whether they be the “missing the point” failures of the TV Movie (which we at Kasterborous are fans of for two reasons – Paul McGann, above, and Daphne Ashbrook) or those since replicated on shows like Life on Mars.

Let’s keep Doctor Who British, people.

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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