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11/19/2003 09:42:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


November 19, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Members of Parliament have chosen Stephen Fry as the actor they most want to become the next Doctor, in a poll carried out by BBC Worldwide and announced on the BBC Press Office' website. 130 MP's responded to the questions, "many showing huge enthusiasm for this uniquely British institution". Fry beat Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, David Jason and former Doctor Tom Baker. 78 names were suggested including Eddie Izzard, Hugh Laurie, David Bowie, Zoe Wanamaker, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Kate O'Mara, Patricia Routledge... and even a few non-actors such as William Hague (former senior Conservative MP), Jeremy Paxman, Iain Duncan Smith, and John Peel. The Daleks were voted the scariest monsters; Tom Baker was voted the best Doctor; and in a question asking "Doctor Who is an example of Great British Television because√†?", the frontrunner in that category was "because it was innovative, groundbreaking, original, unique and creative." Check out the full press release by visiting the Press Office site. (Thanks to Steve Tribe)