Actor Paterson Joseph, the man held by many media reports to be one of the favourites to land the role of the Eleventh Doctor, has spoken to the BBC News website about the speculation surrounding his possible casting."His [the Doctor's] parameters are so vast. I don't see why he can't have more regenerations than the 13 that those who know think a Time Lord can have," he told the website. Joseph previously appeared in "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Wayd" as Rodrick, and the BBC reports that bookmakers are offering 3-1 odds on him becoming the first black actor to play the Doctor.Joseph also claims to be a fan of the sci-fi genre, claiming that: "In no other genre can you be believable as an immortal character. I love sci-fi for that, so yeah - I'm a big fan." Asked over the phone if he was getting a lot of attention over the Doctor Who speculation, Joseph said: “What's brilliant about being in South Africa is that I'm not getting any calls except from friends who think it's hilarious and wonderful.” The 44-year-old actor - who plays Johnson in the Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, and also appeared in the BBC space sitcom Hyperdrive - said he was fascinated by the sci-fi genre.
“Comedy and sci-fi are two areas where you can be larger than life, without the charge of overacting,” he said.
“My favourite character was the Marquis de Carabas from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.
"I love that character because he's so flamboyant but also darkly dangerous - and he's also 200 years old.
Tennant announced at the National Television Awards last month that he would stand down as the Doctor after he has filmed four special episodes next year.
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Researcher claims to have traced nine early Doctor Who episodes to Thailand.
The BBC wiped dozens of episodes of the sci-fi serial during the 1960s and 1970s to make space in its archives.
However, some tapes thought lost forever have turned up in different corners of the world, having been shipped there by the BBC for broadcast on foreign television networks.
Researcher Damian Finucane claims to have traced nine early episodes to Thailand, including the seven-part Journey To Cathay serial in which the time-travelling Doctor joined Marco Polo on the Silk Route. They were sent for broadcast on the country's now-defunct Channel 4 in 1967.
Mr Finucane is offering a cash reward to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the missing tapes.
"Records show that nine episodes from Doctor Who were shipped to Bangkok, and now we're looking for anybody who has any information about it," he told the Bangkok Post.
"There are at least a few thousand episodes of Doctor Who, but we are still missing 108 of them and nine may still survive in Thailand. We're looking all over the place to recover what we can.
"We don't mind if you have them on VHS or on film, and we don't care if it has been dubbed into Thai. We just need to find them. Doctor Who has great historical and cultural value - the missing episodes are a lost heritage."
Mr Finucane has contacted several Thai television stations and scoured the National Film Archive of Thailand, but to no avail.