Australian actor ANDREW MERKELBACH has launched a campaign to become the 10th Doctor Who, following British actor Christopher Eccleston's decision to quit the sci-fi show after one series.

Merkelbach, who has starred in a string of Doctor Who-inspired films playing a character called THE TRAVELLER in his native Australia, admits he's a huge fan of the cult show.

And, while TV bosses in Britain consider Scottish actor David Tennant to take over from Eccleston in the revamped Doctor Who franchise, fans of the show want Merkelbach to step into the Tardis, according to movie website MOVIEHOLE.NET.

A source close to the Aussie star says, "At one stage, rumours surfaced that Merkelbach was trying to get a Doctor Who film off the ground - pre-dating the recently revamped BBC series. Instead another Traveller adventure was born.

"Doctor Who fans know who Merkelbach is and the general opinion is he's a great fit."

The first episode of the new Doctor Who series, which stars Eccleston, drew a staggering 10.5 million viewers when it aired in Britain on Saturday night (26MAR05).

31/03/2005 21:25