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Tuesday, 5 September 2000 - Reported by Marcus
Compiled by:
Shaun Lyon with Mark Phippen
Doctor Who: Third Best of All Time! The British Film Institute recently compiled a list of the 100 greatest British TV series of all time... and Doctor Who came in at number three! Says the BFI: "The hilarious antics of hotelier Basil Fawlty have earned Fawlty Towers the title of greatest British TV show of all time. The British Film Institute called on top TV industry figures to draw up their list of the best 100 programmes of all time. Old classics like Doctor Who and Monty Python's Flying Circus scored highly, but shows from the 90s struggled to make an impression. Popular comedy Absolutely Fabulous came in at a measly number 17 and the addictive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire at an even less-impressive 23." Fawlty Towers ranked at #1, Cathy Come Home at #2; the rest of the top ten, starting from #4, are The Naked Civil Servant, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Blue Peter, Boys from the Blackstuff, Parkinson, Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister and Brideshead Revisited.

Doctorin' the TARDIS: On August 21, Sylvester McCoy hosted an installment of "Artery," a Scottish arts series that aired only in ITV's Scottish regions. The half-hour installment, "Doctorin' The TARDIS," looked at plans to get police boxes rematerialising on the streets of Scotland. McCoy narrated the history of the boxes; "from former police officers to 'Dr Who' fanatics, the programme touches on personal memories to reveal exactly why the police box is such an emotive symbol" said the TV series caption. There were a fair number of Doctor Who references in the installment (obviously!) (Thanks to Chris Burnside)

Harlequin Miniatures have decided not to renew their contract to produce their range of 'Doctor Who' figures, and have two months to clear existing stocks. They have announced a 'buy two get one free' deal for orders over £50. For more details, see the company website:www.harlequin-miniatures.com

PC Pro DVD: This months issue of "PC Pro" magazine comes with a free DVD on the cover, promoting the BBC's DVD range. Included on the disc is a clip of the 5 Doctors Special Edition, which was released last year.

New Exhibition: 
A new Doctor Who exhibition has opened at the Shires Shopping Centre in Leicester, England, and will remain open throughout August. More details are available at www.theshires.co.uk.

Generation Game: The current series of Jim Davidson's Generation Game in the UK will feature a Dr Who item. Recorded 21/07/00 Colin Baker appears in costume along with the Police Box, Tardis Console, Cyberman and Dalek props. The two teams are asked to guess how much each prop is worth (with surprising results!). The show will air sometime in the new BBC ONE autumn season.
Amicus Film Book: Stray Cat Publishing (who publish 'The Dark Side' magazine) has released a lavishly illustrated book detailing the history of the Amicus film company, (who made the two Peter Cushing Dalek films, as well as movies featuring Tom Baker, Jon Pertwee, Mary Tamm and Anthony Ainley). The book dedicates eight pages to the two Dalek movies. 'Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood' is edited by Alan Bryce (ISBN: 0-9533261-3-6, £19.99) (Thanks to the official BBC website) 

Porcelain Figures: Classic Sheercast have issued the first in a BBC licensed series of limited edition porcelain figures - William Hartnell as the Doctor. All seven BBC Doctors will eventually join the range. There's a website for more information athttp://www.doctorwhofigures.co.uk 

FILTER: - Sylvester McCoy