Queensland-based Federal MP and Doctor Who fan George Christensen (pictured) wants the BBC series to film an episode in Australia.
The Queensland Nationals politician told News Ltd, “As an avid Dr Who fan, I would love to see the TARDIS materialise in Australia and, most importantly, it would be a tremendous boost to tourism in Bowen and the Whitsundays, as well as to the local economy,” he said.
In a letter to creator Steven Moffat, he said Doctor Who was inextricably linked to Australia because the very first episode, An Unearthly Child, was written by Aussie Anthony Coburn, two companions, Tegan Jovanka and Jo Grant, were played by Australians Janet Fielding and Katy Manning (the latter later became an Australian citizen).
A petition is now online at Doctorwhodownunder.com.au
TV Tonight has previously heard whispers that BBC sources had sounded out costs for an Australian-based episode but so far nothing more has eventuated. I’d be voting for a ‘Dreamtime / Outback’ episode though, rather than the Whitsundays.
The show first aired in Australia on Tuesday, 12th January, 1965.