The Sixth Doctor Who, Colin Baker

Why Pinter Never Wrote Doctor Who

What kind of Doctor Who episode would Noble Prize winning author and playwright Harold Pinter have written?

If nothing else the term ‘Comedy of Menace’ – attached to much of Pinter’s theatre productions from The Birthday Party onwards – at least sounds applicable to the kind of thrills you’d get from watching Doctor Who – even if it has nothing stylistically similar to the mad man in a blue box.

Would that unexpected air of menace – the sword of Damocles hanging over all of his productions – translate when transported from the power casualties of middle England to the middle of the cosmos?

Its doubtful – and that’s the point being made by former Doctor Who Script Editor Eric Saward in this exclusive first look at the Writing for Doctor Who documentary extra for the upcoming special edition DVD release of acid bath-a-thon Vengeance on Varos (yes, you asked for it folks!)

Rumours abounded that Pinter himself had played Rapalchan in the Second Doctor serial The Abominable Snowman under the pseudonym of David Baron – however the writer of The Caretaker had long since relinquished the Equity name by the time the Doctor met the Yeti.

Vengeance on Varos: Special Edition is set to be released in 2012.


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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