Doctor Who is a very British cult sci-fi phenomenon. So how does it compare to some of its legendary US counterparts?

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appearance, that was it for 16 years. So why did the Doctor eventually make a comeback when he did? Bishop has only one over-riding answer: ‘It was just waiting for someone to come along with the creativity, the wit, the nous and the will to revive this lost icon of

British television and, fortunately, Russell T Davies was the man selected. He’s managed to ; keep what was best about the original series .

and bring it bang up to date with some great writing and the money to make it actually look good on screen.‘

Oh, and there is one other figure who has been most instrumental in the show’s success; ‘John Smith', the good Doctor himself, an enduring British hero to rival James Bond, Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes. ‘We’ve all grown up with a version of him,‘ says Greenhorn. ‘and even the younger generation have now known him for four or five years. So there’s the sense that you should know who he is, but what I love about Doctor Who is that the character‘s constantly shifting, constantly

surprising you; he’s just familiar enough to ;

trust, to welcome in as a hero, but there‘s

always the reminder that he’s a 900-year-old alien with an enormous intellect who knows things we could never understand. He’s a mystery, a complete unknown, but you know

he'll make things alright in the end.’ For Matt Smith, the youngest ever incumbent and just six years old when Sylvester McCoy

left our screens in 1989, the Doctor Who

challenge will be about as tough as it was for the ten (official) actors who preceded him.

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