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Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who’s Too Short?

You would be forgiven for thinking that this was yet another commentary about the Series 6 split, but in fact we’ve just foudn out that comedian and writer Ricky Gervais’ new sitcom series will feature an appearance by the Daleks and possibly even a Doctor…

Life’s Too Short stars actor Warwick Davis – well known for many roles such as the Star Wars trilogy and Willow, not to menion the Harry Potter films – playing a caricature of himself, and like The Office and Extras comes from the pen of Gervais and partner in crime Stephen Merchant.

Little is known so far, but with plenty of images of Daleks and Ricky in a police box, it seems likely that the hints are pointing to another affectionate dig at Doctor Who…

“Details are under wraps, but Ricky has filmed a little something for sci-fi nerds everywhere.”

“Who meets Ricky on Life’s Too Short.”

It should be good…

…and if it isn’t we’ll still have this from the Extras episode which guest starred David Tennant as the Doctor.

(Via TVOvermind)


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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+.

3 Responses to Doctor Who’s Too Short?

  1. avatar Rick says:

    That was a puzzler, that scene. I mean, I know Ricky was having some fun with the show but the weird thing was that when the episode aired, and of course throughout the new series, getting a role in Doctor Who was the biggest thing you could land as an actor—not like during the 1980′s. So it seemed like a FAIL on the writing, you know what I mean? His character should have been over the moon about getting the part but instead treated the chance like the plague. –Which would have been understandable when the show was having its problems during McCoys’ era but not these days. Nit picky I know but it just seemed like they went about it the wrong way. Maybe more realistic if —through bad info—he thought he was going to become the new Doctor, then it was the new Master and then finally, he finds out he’s a slug.

  2. avatar Rick says:

    Kudos to Tennant though on literally being able to swing with any possible sketch.

  3. avatar 23skidoo says:

    @ Rick You have to remember the type of character Gervais played in Extras. The whole point of the joke is that Gervais’ character spent several years trying to get a big break, only to be saddled with a catchphrase-ridden sitcom in which he’s unrecognizable, and when he actually does get a half-decent break, he blows it off. Extras was all about opposites – with guest stars like Daniel Radcliffe playing themselves, but warped, opposite versions of themselves (I don’t think the real Radcliffe would go around wanting to go to bed with Dame Diana Rigg and throwing condoms around like he does in his episode!). So when you see them taking the mickey out of Doctor Who in that episode, it means Gervais’ opinion of Doctor Who is actually extremely high. For one thing, how many “real” TV shows were actually featured in Extras? And for it to be featured in the final episode – it was an honor. If Gervais was at all serious about disliking Doctor Who, RTD would never have allowed it.

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