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Do You Remember The Other Eighth Doctor?

After Doctor Who left television screens in 1989, it seemed that everyone was interested in bringing the show back to TV – except the BBC.

Among the stories circulating in the press, Doctor Who Magazine reported in 1991 on claims that an independent production company had made pilots for a new series, starring an actor called David Burton as the eighth incarnation of the Doctor.

But how true was this? And where is Burton now?

The clip above – featuring contributions from current and former DWM editors Tom Spilsbury and Gary Russell and David Burton himself – is taken from Dr Forever! Lost in the Dark Dimension, an excellent extra which can be seen in full on Doctor Who: Inferno Special Edition.

If you don’t own a copy of Inferno: Special Edition, head to the website of fanzine/research vessel Nothing at the End Of the Lane to learn more about David Burton’s claims…

Christian Cawley


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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