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Forget Davros, it was Terry Nation who created the Daleks. Kim Newman on the work of the `Doctor Who' writer who died last Sunday

BBC sued over collapse of Dr Who feature film deal

The BBC is being sued for pounds 14m after it allegedly reneged on a deal for a feature film version of Dr Who starring Alan Rickman.

The Dr Who history of Britain

Roy Strong has a cliche for every occasion. By Felipe Fernandez- Armesto


For the past few years I've avoided Jigsaw womenswear shops, because whereas once you were capable of getting real "finds" there, recently it's been just row upon row of boring office girl suits. But this season it has really got its act together and the autumn/winter collection is fantastic. All the looks are there - big cardigans, geometric prints, knee-length skirts as well as snappy classics - great jumpers, tapered trousers and accessories (look out for their splendid version of a long Doctor Who scarf). The list of "must haves" is too long to mention here - there wasn't one thing I didn't like - but to give you an idea of cost, the sweater featured here is pounds 48 and the most expensive item in the collection is a kid leather parka, which retails at pounds 430. Jigsaw, well done.

fringe round-up; Bill Bailey

Weird Beard Bailey, the hairiest comedian on the fringe, exudes good humour. Last year the Cockney rebel of classical music, this year ready to wreak his tuneful brand of hippie subversion on TV themes, adverts and urgent news credits. On guitar and keyboard Bailey has a fine ear for hackneyed chords and idiot transposition: Tom Waits plays "Three Blind Mice", Dr Who meets Jack Brown. Between songs he meanders around Wittgenstein, Chaucer and the sad lot of the session xylophone player. Bailey's conversational style is so laid back that you're lulled into thinking he's some dirty- socked prog-rock philosopher you've just met down the pub. It's a disarming, professional performance. This down-to-earth blokeishness also makes Bailey one of the few comedians who can tell a joke about a pixie pub where you buy beer with fluff without making the audience gag on whimsy.

Letter: Dr Who formula

Dr Who formula

Letter:Tuneless doctor

Sir: The new Dr Who (report, 29 May) has another weakness that will not have escaped the attention of the veteran fan and that is the awful mangling of the signature tune. The original Radiophonic tune was always the Doctor's tune; maybe that's why this episode was so unlike Dr Who.

Dennis the ancient menace


Letter: Dr Who touched by Midas

Sir: I could not disagree more with Serena Mackesy's criticisms of Doctor Who (TV review, 28 May). As someone who saw every episode on the day of its original screening, even delaying departure on honeymoon so as not to miss one, I thoroughly enjoyed the latest incarnation.

The Time Lord lands in a period drama

The BBC was always fond of repeating programmes, but now it has started repeating ideas as well. Dear old Dr Who is back on our screens after all these years. Jane Austen is never off our screens. The corpse of 'Call My Bluff' has been revived and is haunting daytime TV. 'Just William' keeps coming back. ... It's only a matter of time before the BBC desperately tries to combine them all in one glorious edition of ...

Dr Who has been exterminated

The latest Americanised resurrection of the Time Lord is not the character loved by fans, says the science fiction writer Kim Newman

Look who's Dr Who

He's back. Jonathan Glancey travels in time with Dr Who

The boys are back in time

I'm still not buying one. I don't care if they are re-running Quantum Leap (10pm, Sky One) from the beginning, I'm not having one of those things on my roof. Sky-less fans will have to make do with their fix from BBC2, which is already re-running the series from the beginning at 6pm on Thursdays. So much for consumer choice.

Capital Gains: Queens of the cosmic timewarp

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