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Published on August 3rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Sinbad vs Doctor Who

Sinbad the Sailor, Sky1′s new £2 million an episode 13-part spectacular will go head to head with the brand new series of Doctor Who in Autumn 2011.

The show, which is set in modern times in Basra (which sounds awful) and produced by the team behind Primeval, has yet to start shooting but already The Sun have pitched a ratings war between the two shows despite Sky1 rarely breaking through the one viewer one million viewer mark.

TV bosses, paper talk for people what run the telly, have already been quoted as saying they’re poised to launch a nationwide hunt to find a young, sexy unknown to play the titular character. Possibly because they don’t want you ignoring their two million pound investment by staring at the  lead actors unsightly facial wart.

None faceless TV Boss, Sky1′s Controller Stuart Murphy,  said:

“It is by far our biggest show next year.

Doctor Who is aimed at one type of family – our show will be for a younger, cooler family who like sexy, cool heroes.”

Eager to drop its reputation as a holding pen for American imports Sinbad the Sailor is part of a grander scheme by the network to invest in more home grown drama and comedies.

The channel has reputedly order more of SAS-a-thon Strike Back in a bid to show it too can produce drama if not like the BBC, then a bit like ITV 1′s Ultimate Force.

However, the network has just landed a deal that sees them retain full rights to show new shows by HBO, including future episodes of programes like Big Love and Entourage when there existing deals with other networks expire.

Sinbad the Sailor has been adapted several times before including the frankly hard to top Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor.

The seven great voyages of Sinbad are set in Basrah and are told by Sinbad to a pauper also called Sinbad, who was overheard questioning Allah about his toil and strife in and amongst the care free rich.

Sinbad (thats the sailor, not the whiny pauper) tells his poorer friend that he too was once poor and goes on to recount tales including: taking refuge on a whale he believed to be an island, trapped by giant snakes that can swallow a man whole and being shipwrecked countless times.

(via ATV)


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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.

8 Responses to Sinbad vs Doctor Who

  1. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    “Doctor Who is aimed at one type of family” – eh? What are they trying to say? Doctor Who is for chavs? The only people who watch Doctor Who have two cars, a pet dog, and a propensity to chartered accountancy. What a load of cobblers. Just the sort of reductionist twaddle you expect from Sky.

  2. avatar Leosw4 says:


    Another beloved character of my childhood about to be destroyed.

    What will Mr Harryhausen make of this I wonder?

    Anyway, I’ll return to my uncool life. I dont buy the Sun or subscribed to SKY.

  3. avatar bobbyd says:

    Hang on a minute “brand new series of Doctor Who in Autumn 2011″ AUTUMN??????

    • Just to clairfy – there is no confirmation yet as to the air date for Doctor Who in 2011. There ws talk of a move in 2010 or even splitting the series in half, but as things stand, until we hear otherwise, Doctor Who is expected in Spring 2011.

      I think the problem is with the wording of this report and the article is was sourced from; given Sky’s usual audience there is little to suggest it would be a head to head battle anyway. Possibly an ankle to head contest…

  4. avatar Carn says:

    Sinbad’s never really appealed to me personall or I think to the general public. Certainly not on the Doctor’s level anyways. And Sky1 are making it? Anything good on Sky has usually been a US import as far as I’m concerned. I don’t miss having given up SkyTV some years ago.

  5. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    I don’t think Dr Who has anything to worry about. And the Sun is owned by Murdouch who owns SKY!
    Besides i thought this site was not going to mention the Scum anymore?

  6. avatar James says:

    The beeb don’t spend anywhere near that on each ep of Dr Who and if we have more of the duff scripts Moffat served up last year the Beeb could well have a rating disaster on their hands.

    • Panic much?

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