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BBC Wanted Tom Baker or Judi Dench for Doctor Who

Could Tom Baker have been the Doctor if the BBC had revived the show in the 1990s? Perhaps Judi Dench would have been more suitable around the turn of the century…

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Thanks to BBC Worldwide we have a preview copy of the forthcoming special edition release of The Green Death, and I was intrigued to watch the latest instalment of Doctor Forever in which Russell T Davies recalls his various meetings with BBC personnel before finally taking on the biggest job in television and breathing new life into Doctor Who.

In it, we learn that during Russell’s first meeting with the BBC they thought it would be a good idea to bring Doctor Who back with Tom Baker, the actor who will always be remembered as the fourth incarnation from 1974-1981.

I remember, actually, someone in the room said, ‘Why don’t we bring Tom Baker back?’ and we all said, ‘Yes!’ I was sitting there, going with anything, ‘Yeah, that’d be great!’

Later, we also learn that aside from being a massive Doctor Who fan, Jane Tranter also fancied Judi Dench (who in those days was M in the James Bond series) in the TARDIS as a female incarnation.

Imagine just what could have been! We’ll have more details from this fascinating interview later in the week…

You can pre-order The Green Death: Special Edition for just £15.25 from Amazon(RRP £20.42) ahead of its 5th August release.



Christian Cawley

About

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+.


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