The Radio Times has, as usual, failed to resist the urge to go overboard on Dr Who and has put next Friday’s Children In Need vignette on its cover. Is a five-minute non-canonical* skit really the most important thing on television next week?
At least it begs the blog-friendly question: just what will be Pete’s first words as he arrives in the TARDIS? Bookies – the kind that always get quoted in the press but are never conveniently named because they don’t exist – are predicting one of the following:
1) “I don’t believe it – Turlough?”
2) “You’ve had this place redecorated. Don’t like it.”
3) “Am I…late for something?”
4) “Why Kamelion, how nice to see you!”
5) “That’s the trouble with regeneration: you never quite know what you’re going to get.”
Money is also being accepted on two possible alternatives:
a) Tennant: “An apple a day…” Davidson: “…keeps the Doctor away?”
b) Tennant: “Well blow me, it’s Freddie Flintoff!”
*This is true. No Children In Need Dr Who pantomimes are part of the canon, because otherwise the Raston Warriot Robot would still be stalking the galaxy and Colin Baker would be due to land in Albert Square in a decade or so’s time. Oh, and according to the Five Doctors, Peter Davidson would still be Lord High Chief Prime Minister of Gallifrey or something.