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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > The Essential Doctor Who 15: Relative Dimensions > THE DOCTORS WHO WEREN’T


Doctor Who was only on television for 85 minutes during the 1990s, but that didn’t stop the decade offering more nearly men than any other

THE1990s - 2000s

David Hasselhoff as Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch
Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin was first transmitted in 1989.

During the 1990s there was a veritable army of potential Doctors, with names in the frame ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The most intriguing was one David Burton. A well-known face in the Redhill area (apparently), in 1991 this veteran of 28 local pantos was the subject of several baffling press reports that he’d been cast as the new Doctor. The story seems to have derived from the fact that, three years earlier, Burton had recorded a pilot episode, Doctor Who and the Monsters of Ness, for an independent production company interested in pitching for the series. That and the fact he had ‘The New Doctor Who’ emblazoned on the side of his car.

Two years later, the official announcement that the BBC had signed a co-production deal to make Doctor Who with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment was accompanied by the slightly less official news that, according to the papers at least, David Hasselhoff was being lined up to star in it.

Names that were on an initial wish-list drawn up by producers Philip David Segal and Peter Wragg, in collaboration with the London casting agency Hubbards, included

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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.