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Doctor Who heals political rift



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For immediate release - 18 November 2013

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Doctor Who heals political rift AN appeal to film the world’s favourite Time Lord in Australia attracted bi-partisan support across the geeks of parliament this morning.

Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, presented a motion in parliament this morning acknowledging the strong connections between Australia and the science fiction television series Doctor who, calling for support to bring Doctor Who Down Under for production of a special 50th anniversary episode.

“In addition to being a great event for Doctor Who fans (Whovians) in Australia, it would also be a great economic boost for Australia,” he said.

“Filming an episode, or even producing a whole series, in Australia would mean employment for actors and production crews as well as a cash injection into the economy.

“When it is screened in Great Britain, where Doctor Who is one of the highest rating shows on the BBC, it will showcase Australia to potential tourists.”

Mr Christensen’s motion drew support from both sides of politics, with speakers both Labor and the Liberal National Coalition supporting the move to bring Doctor Who Down Under.

In 2012, Mr Christensen launched a campaign to bring Doctor Who Down Under, including an online petition and the campaign has been well supported by Whovians from around the country.

“We have seen a rival campaign coming from across the ditch, trying to get Doctor Who to New Zealand, but the best outcome would be to bring production to the Whitsundays,” he said.

“There has been acknowledgement of the campaign and some encouraging comments from the producers so I’m hoping we will see the Tardis materialise in the Whitsundays some time next year.”

The 50th anniversary of the first screening in Australia is 15 January, 2015 while the 50th anniversary of the first screening in Great Britain is this Saturday.

“It is an interesting piece of trivia that the first episode was aired the same day that John F Kenneday was assassinated and, in fact, the first screening was delayed when the news broke,” Mr Christensen said.

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