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Published on July 28th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

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Kick the Internet and chances are, like cockroaches in a rotten skirting board, some fan fiction will tumble out and scuttle across your screen.  Pages and pages are devoted to potential mash ups, fantasy stories and explicit sexual fantasies involving the Slitheen and Harriet Jones, PM.

So its no surprise that Rock and Rollers, who lets face it have amply time to indulge their hobbies (just last week Roger Waters took up coal mining while Mike Jagger perfected the egg whisk) have had a go.

Nicky Wire, bassist and lyricist with agit-prop punks turned daft stadium botherers, Manic Street Preachers recently revealed that he too had been bashing away at his own Doctor Who script called Do Not Go Gently.

Disappointingly for a band that tried to combine the punk ethos of the Sex Pistols and the Dirty LA noise of Guns ‘N’ Roses, the script doesn’t see the Doctor trapped in Nikki Sixx’s Sex Van but instead sees him hanging around New York during the last days of seminal Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas only with ‘a massive F**king monster’

So its basically Vincent and the Doctor Mk II or The Doctor and the Whisky Sodden Poet.

The title of the script comes from a villanelle (a specific writing style with a  rhyming scheme that falls on the first and third line in each stanza) ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’ written by Dylan for his dying father. The piece also features an equally famous phrase ‘Rage, rage against the dying light’ which has been influencing Wire during the recording of their new album Postcards From A Young Man.

Wire Tweeted earlier today that the script was in no way a commission, saying;

“Just to clarify I havent been asked by the bbc im just satisfying my own desire to write a script for dr who as a fan of the show x (sic).”

In November 2009, Wire, like most fanboys listed his top 5 Doctors, in order: Jon Pertwee, Christopher Eccleston, Paul McGann, Peter Davison and David Tennant.

The Manics are set to release their new album Postcards From A Young Man on September 22. The Single (Its Not War) Just The End Of Love is released on September 13.

(via Digital Spy)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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