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By Paul Scoones

So is Steven Spielberg going to make a new Doctor Who series, or not? I'm surprised that we still haven't found out one way or the other. Rumours continue to crop up; it seems like every week I'm hearing/reading that it's on/off, or that yet another actor is tipped to take the role of the Doctor. As far as I'm aware, there has not as yet been an official statement from either side of the Atlantic confirming 'yes' or 'no'; only 'possibly'.

A couple of years back, a company called 'Dark Light Productions' were said to be gearing up to make the series, and were on the verge of casting a new Doctor ... then the rumours died, and nothing more was ever heard of it. It seems to me that at this moment in time the Spielberg deal could just as easily go the same way.

What if Amblin (Spielberg's company) do produce a new series? Will we regret it? Take a look at seaQuest DSV, currently showing here on Friday evenings (TV2, 8.30pm). Like it or loathe it, that's a science fiction television series made recently by Amblin, and as such provides the best insight for what to expect from Doctor Who, US-style. I think the best course of action is to swallow our misgivings, and just wait and see what it's like (if it ever eventuates). Whatever the quality, a new Doctor Who series - especially one coming out of America - is bound to heighten public awareness of the show as a whole, and that's got to be good, hasn't it?


This item appeared in TSV 38 (March 1994).