This guy: Okay, here's the story. There was a local actor named David Burton, and as part of some promotion, he wangled a car to drive from a local dealership. The dealership blazoned up the car, one of the blazers on it was "David Burton: The New Doctor Who." The story that emerged was that Burton a mildly successful actor, had appeared in a play called "Lock Up Your Daughters" directed by Paul Bernard. Bernard had directed three Pertwee era sequels. Shortly after the play, in 1991-1992, Bernard approached Burton and invited him to a meeting with a group called Millenium productions at the Grosvenor Hotel. He was invited to assume the role of Doctor Who. The BBC had cancelled Doctor Who back in 1989. According to Burton, Millenium Productions was a small production company which was making a bid to license the Doctor Who intellectual property. They planned to film a few episodes and go to the BBC. I'm told that around this time this is something the BBC was actually doing - ie, purchasing privately introduced properties, and licensing production properties. Doctor Who had actually been licensed a few times. AARU/Amicus had obtained a license to do two movies in the 60's. Stanmark productions had an abortive license to do a Doctor Who radio serial. More recently, Nelvana productions just missed out on a Doctor Who cartoon series, and Big Finish productions has actually licensed a line of Audio Adventures, some of which played the BBC. Then there's the comics, books, toys, stuff like that. So it's not actually impossible. According to Burton, there were a number of liberties taken. The iconic blue phone box was going to be replaced with a more recognizeable red british phone booth with blacked out windows. For companions, he would have adolescent twins, Hart and Diamond. They apparently filmed two episodes, one of which was 'The Monster of Ness' (or maybe that was the collective title). According to Burton, he had a contract for three months. Millenium filmed out of a production office in Kensington, they also apparently did a rocky bay down at St. Austell in Cornwall, a school recreation ground in the Beaconsfield area and Chislehurst Caves, and apparently Vienna, in Austria. The whole thing was very hush hush. They spent quite a lot of money, and then it was axed. Burton never heard from anyone again, had no actual proof - no video, no stills, no scripts, no sides. It was almost certainly a hoax. Or more likely, a scam that blew up and turned into a small hoax. There's a major shortage of tangible proof or verification, and frankly, there's a few too many inconsistencies. Television production, even cheap television production, is expensive, and I just can't imagine a production company blowing tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands on a project they don't have the license for - in hopes of getting that license. Stranger things happen daily in the film and television industry, but that story is ab initio, bad practice and risky business. Not impossible, but not... desirable. But what if it turned out to be real? I dunno, maybe this isn't a proper alternate history thing. It's more 'magic' if it's all in David Burton's imagination. But there was a Millenium Productions (no sign it was ever involved). There was a Paul Bernard. Hypothetically, this could have had some objective reality - ie, somewhere between actually filming a couple of episodes at one end, to just a Bernard, Millenium's backers and Burton having a chat around a coffee table that was the beginning and end. But I am kind of intrigued by the possibility. Burton in his youtube clip seems like a bit of a ham, a bit of a con, he might have made quite an interesting Doctor. Possibly a very comic and slapstick Doctor. I suspect that the production, if it had happened, was going to be cheap and threadbare. If they're doing it on spec, there's no way they're using a full budget. Even if they got picked up by the BBC, they'd likely be using a lot less money. The very style of the show might well have shifted. The impression from Burton is that they were going for a much younger target market. Say, 8 to 12. Possibly shorter serials, or standalone episodes, overt comedy and slapstick? Purists would be struck dead and rolling over in their graves. And probably it would have been rankly terrible. But it's still intriguing to see what a David Burton season would be... Thoughts, observations, reflections? I almost feel like wanting to design the season. Anyone want to go in on this? Any cool ideas? How would it have affected the 1993 revival projects - Dark Dimensions and Dimensions In Time, or the 1996 McGann movie? Would it have at all?