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Monday, 14 September 2009

Could Dr.Who Be Meeting Blackadder Soon?

OK so the title to this post is purely fun speculation on the part of UK tabloids recently but award winning comedy writer Richard Curtis will be writing an upcoming episode of Dr.Who for the Beeb. He's doing it purely to "impress his children" who are huge Dr.Who fans!

If you're not familiar with Curtis' work then here's a little background for you:


Richard Curtis was one of the creators and the chief writer for "Blackadder". Later, he and Rowan Atkinson created "Mr. Bean". Curtis followed up that with "The Vicar of Didley".

Collectively, those three are among the most well-known British shows of the past quarter century.

In the mid 90s -- well after he established himself as successful TV writer and producer -- Curtis wrote "Four Weddings and a Funeral". He went on to write "Notting Hill", "Love Actually", the "Bridget Jones" films, "The Girl in the Cafe", and most recently co-wrote the HBO adaption of "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency".

He also founded the charity Comic Relief for which he and new Dr.Who show runner Stephen Moffat created "Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death". The 1999 four part special is the funniest parody of Doctor Who ever created.

(Thanks to "Tracy" on Scifiwire for that description!)


Curtis has confirmed that his episode will have the Doctor meeting a "famous historical figure", but do we think he means someone from actual history? Or could it be one of his own created Blackadder incarnations? I think audiences would love the latter option! My only reservation to that idea is that it would be Matt Smith in the episode... How good would it have been for Rowan Atkinson and David Tennant to be with each other on screen playing those characters? Ah, if only!

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