Withnail And I actor Richard E Grant is to be the new Dr Who when Britain's BBC revives the legendary sci-fi TV series.

The character of the Doctor roamed the galaxy and travelled through time in the TARDIS, defeating evil foes such as the DALEKS and CYBERMEN. He has not been seen since a 1996 movie, but is to be brought back in a new incarnation for an animated adventure.

The finished product to be screened in November (03), will celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.

PRET A PORTER actor Grant says his interpretation of the character is something of a "SHERLOCK HOLMES in space" approach.

Dr Who was axed in 1989 after seven actors, including JON PERTWEE, TOM BAKER and PETER DAVIDSON, had played the title role.

11/07/2003 00:14