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12/01/2003 08:41:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon

News is circulating (on the Ananova and Daily Scotsman web news services) that in a TV Times interview due to be printed on December 2, Russell T. Davies alludes to a Buffy-style sidekick in the new series. "His new sidekick will be a modern action heroine," says the TV Times interview, "and... shows like Buffy, featuring a butt-kicking Sarah Michelle Gellar, have raised viewers' expectations of female characters." Says Davies, "A screaming girly companion is unacceptable now. I don't mean in terms of women's rights - dramatically, we've got Buffy the Vampire Slayer now, so a screaming girly companion would be laughed out of the room." Also, while the TARDIS will stay in the picture, Davies says "I love the Daleks, but I wouldn't load the series with lots of old monsters. We want to make brand new ones." (Thanks to Steve Tribe, Andrew Harvey, Stephen Dunn, Phillip Madeley)