Doctor Who maybe one of the stalwarts of British television and a national institution, but plans are afoot for a US version of the show. The new version, with the working title 'Dr Who USA' will air on BBC America in the spring. A pilot episode is currently being shot, with the part of the Doctor being taken by Hollywood funny man Jim Carrey.
Carrey is said to be excited about the part, although has confessed to never having seen the British version of the show until recently. Carey said, "I can't wait to be involved, I loved the British show, particularly that Sylvester McCoy guy, he's a hoot!"
Although this will be largely an American production there will be some British influence. Hugh Laurie is being mooted for the voice of the TARDIS. Former Who writer and Dr Who USA consultant Russel T Davis said, "We felt the TARDIS should have a personality of it's own and who better than Hugh Laurie to provide the voice. It'll be a bit like the car from Knightrider, meets House, in space. I mean what a brilliant conceit! I'm surprised know ones ever thought of it before! but then, that's why they pay me so much money!"
Show producer Alex Remington conceded that the show will have a different name and probably won't be called Doctor Who. "We're considering other names, so far we've come up with: Doctor Now, Professor Who, Doctor When PHD, but the one that seems to be the front runner at the moment is Timelord. We'll make a final decision close to the release date."
Secrecy still surrounds the other big part in Doctor Who USA, the role of the Doctor's glamorous assistant. However, sources close to the show say that several "big names" are being considered and that the role will go to someone who looks good in tight fitting lycra.
For now, watch this space!