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8/06/2003 02:01:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon


Tom Baker Update
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August 6, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Tom Baker will be taking over the job of Unbound Doctor Geoffrey Bayldon in a new series of action adventure gameshow "Fort Boyard", to be broadcast on UK satellite/cable channel "Challenge TV" from October. "Fort Boyard" is a programme in which a team of five athletic lycra-clad contestants are forced to endure a series of horrible challenges in order to win keys that will unlock a treasure vault. One of the regular challenges each week is to climb a tower to meet "The Professor", a weird eccentric who poses a series of riddles and quizzes. During its first few series, the Professor was played by Geoffrey Bayldon, but for the new series he will be played by none other than Tom Baker - almost typecasting, you might say! The role of the fort's evil master Boyard has also been recast, with Resurrection of the Daleks actor Leslie Grantham having gone back to his legendary role of Dirty Den in EastEnders, Boyard will now be played by ex-The Bill actor Christopher Ellison. (Thanks to Paul Condon)
McCoy Spotlight
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August 6, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Sylvester McCoy is currently starring as Selsdon Mowbray in Michael Frayne's farce "Noises Off" at the Piccadilly Theatre, which began running on August 4. Meanwhile, McCoy will be a guest on this coming weekend's Radio 4 chat show "Loose Ends", which broadcasts on August 9; click here for details. (The show will be available soon after to listen to over the internet.)Finally, McCoy actually returns to the role of the Doctor -- sort of -- in a BBC Three series called "Risky Business" which features "looks at why celebrities have done something silly". The show, which attempts to analyze the celebrities by featuring animation of 'emotions' inside the head, features Sylvester McCoy providing the voice of the Doctor, piloting a CGI TARDIS to the day of that episode (we don't know when this recent episode will re-air, if at all.) (Thanks to David Innes, Stuart Ian Burns, Ian Robinson)