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Who can resist a dose of the Doctor?

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Published Date: 05 April 2008
THOUSANDS of city sci-fi fans are set to go Who-lally when the latest series of the Doctor's time-travelling adventures hits our screens tonight.
And if they manage not to leap behind their sofas, they will be in for a treat.

A gaggle of tentacled and menacing-looking monsters including the Oods, Pyrovillians and the Sontarans, will be keeping the Timelord – played by David Tennant – on his toes.

And of course, his arch nemesis the Daleks, are sure to be back for another pop.

IF YOU watch the first episode let us know what you think of it by commenting below or emailing the editor at

Last summer, a Doctor Who exhibition at Peterborough Museum broke all visitor records, and saw hundreds of people, including young Mark Robinson, queuing to step into the Time Lord's TARDIS.

Super-fan Mark (10) showed his devotion to the doctor by creating a giant Dalek out of a dustbin, wood and papier mache – astounding his friends by bringing it into assembly at Oundle and King's Cliffe Middle School.

Mark, of Cotterstock Road, Oundle, said: "I have been watching the programme right from the beginning. I like the monsters the best.

"My dad prefers the old Doctor Who, though.

"I like it because it's a sci-fi show and a continuous series and Doctor Who is my favourite character."

Pat Middleton, from the Peterborough Science Fiction Club, said she would be glued to the set on Saturday

She said: "Part of its success is down to David Tennant – he's brought new life into it.

"It's also the writer Russell T Davies, who is brilliant and he's written them like sequels. It also has a teatime slot and the show is more upbeat.

"Some of the traditionalists in the group, however, think he may have pandered a bit to children by making it less scary.

"But I think it's doing really well. They have kept Doctor Who, time travel and the Tardis, which is the essence of it."

The long-awaited fourth series sees Catherine Tate reprising her role as runaway bride Donna Noble, who becomes the Doctor's new sidekick.

Set in modern-day London, the first show's storyline revolves around a new diet pill that is being tested by the mysterious Adipose Industries.

There are a number of unexplained deaths, and mysterious creatures are lurking in the shadows.

The Doctor begins to investigate, and there's a surprise in store. An old friend, also on the trail, is just around the corner.

Later in the 13-part series, Freema Agyeman will reprise her role as Martha Jones, following guest appearances in the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.

THE excitement in the air is almost tangible as "youngsters" aged between eight and 80, get ready for the return of Dr Who.

The nation's favourite time lord is back on the small screen tomorrow, (BBC1, 6.20pm), and to celebrate The ET has a host of fantastic Dr Who prizes to give away to two lucky readers.

The prizes, which include A Dalek Sec Hybrid Voice Changer Mask, a radio-controlled small and large dalek, a sonic screwdriver and a Dr Who book, were given to us courtesy of our friends at Serpentine Green.
To stand a chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question:

Who is Dr Who's new female side-kick? A) Catherine Zeta-Jones, B) Catherine Tate, C) Katherine Heigl.
Send your answers to Liz Clare, Dr Who Competition, The Evening Telegraph, 57 Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1JW, by Thursday, April 10. Click here to email your answer (don't forget to include your name, address and phone number)

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  • Last Updated: 06 April 2008 9:17 AM
  • Source: Peterborough ET
  • Location: Peterborough

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