Doctor Who News Ben Browder appears in Doctor Who Series 7

Published on March 7th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

A Farscape in the Wild West?

Could Toby Whithouse’s upcoming Doctor Who episode – shooting for which is currently under way in Spain – be set in the Old Wild West?

That’s certainly the impression when one looks at the evidence:

The stars and crew have headed for southern Spain to an area once used for Hollywood westerns in the 1960s and 70s

Ben Browder appears in Doctor Who Series 7Whithouse himself has stated that

“My episode is in a genre I’ve never written before — frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now.”

As most Doctor Who genres have been covered since 2005, the one that stands out is the western, last attempted in 1966′s The Gunfighters, which starred William Hartnell as the Doctor who is mistaken for dentist and gunslinger Doc Holliday in the events leading up to the famous Gunfight at the OK Corrall.

It is worth noting that The Gunfighters has the lowest Audience Appreciation record of any Doctor Who serial.

Meanwhile, Farscape star Ben Browder (above) has been cast as a yet-unnamed character in the episode, reports Doctor Who Magazine. Browder played the key character of John Crichton in the slow-burning Farscape which ran between 1999 and 2003. He later appeared in Stargate SG-1 as Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell.


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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+.

2 Responses to A Farscape in the Wild West?

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Ben Browder in Doctor Who? That’s very interesting. Makes sense though from the Western POV though, he’s got a good drawl when it comes to it. I hope they handle this period piece a lot better than the abysmal “Curse of the Black Spot” but if we’re lucky Amy will already be gone and not have the chance to play dress up.

  2. avatar Kate says:

    WHOA! Ben Browder in “Doctor Who”?! AWESOME!!!! Did they get Claudia Black as well? They seem to be a package deal…

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