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Published on April 8th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Time and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s dry, witty tale of manners turned into a hot, wet Colin Firth love in (which if you’re a lazy GCSE student definitely happens in the novel and you should write EXTENSIVELY on in your exam) thanks to the BBC, is not just a timeless classic but the origin for the Sixth Doctor.

Colin Baker caught Mr Darcy’s eye from across the dining hall and was smitten. For his intrepretation of the much maligned Sixth Doctor Colin turned to Austen and Andrew Davies’  TV classic:

“The most interesting character in Pride and Prejudice is Darcy, who, for nine-tenths of the book you think is all things unpleasant, and then turns out to be the best person in it. He doesn’t think that being liked is as important as doing the right thing.”

Sound familiar?

Speaking to The Dominion Post on the eve of his appearance at the brilliantly named Armageddon Expo Baker has been reliving his time as the universes defender, including his feelings on Michael Grade’s eventual ‘postponement’ and his firing from the long running series:

“I am inclined to think whichever Doctor had been in situ at the time would have experienced the anti-Doctor Who feelings of Michael Grade. It was my bad luck.”

(via Stuff)

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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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