The controller of BBC 1, Mr Michael Grade, may well be longing by this morning to step into the Tardis and whisk himself beyond the range of the outcry stirred up by his decision yesterday to postpone the next series of Dr Who.
Work on the new series, originally scheduled for January next year and starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, was due to start in a month's time.
But Mr Grade has decided that the money would be better spent on other drama projects and that the Doctor must be shelved until the autumn of 1986.
The Dr Who Appreciation Society, mouthpiece for the show's 110 million watchers in 54 countries, is furious. Mr Peter Haining, author of a book on Dr Who's 22-year history, said the move was disgraceful and horrifying and must be stopped.
"What other programme could change the central actor and his