Thursday, 4 October 2012

Australian MP wants Doctor Who filmed down under

An Australian politician has started a campaign for Doctor Who to film an episode in Australia.  Federal Nationals Party MP George Christensen has launched a campaign to bring the program to Australia in 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who's first Australian screening in 1965. The Queensland-based MP wants the program filmed in his coastal electorate and suggests that bringing the show down under could help stimulate Australia's film and tourism industry.

"As an avid Doctor Who fan, I would love to see the TARDIS materialise in Australia and, most importantly, it would be a tremendous boost to tourism in Bowen and the Whitsundays, as well as to the local economy," Mr Christensen said.

In a letter to Steven Moffat, he said Doctor Who was inextricably linked to Australia because the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, was written by Australian Anthony Coburn. He also pointed out that two of the Doctor's former companions, Tegan Jovanka and Jo Grant, were played by Australians Janet Fielding and Katy Manning (born in the UK, but later an Australian citizen).

Mr Christensen has started an online petition, as well as establishing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube campaigns.