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Ten 'Dr Who' characters we want back

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Ten 'Dr Who' characters we want back
Fandom is awash with speculation about who will be returning for the finale of Russell T Davies' stint at the helm of Doctor Who. But who would we like to see resurrected from the show's original 26-year run? Here's our somewhat dubious list of ten supporting characters we'd love, via the miracle of time travel or divine resurrection, to make a return appearance. Fear not though, despite the recent Jedward mania we won't stick the siblings from 'The Twin Dilemma' down on the list!

Sabalom Glitz

This intergalactic rogue, whose wardrobe seemed to come from the Duran Duran 'Wild Boys' video set, provided plenty of comedy moments alongside the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. He was last seen heading off in a spaceship with Bonnie Langford. Assuming the poor guy hasn't ejected himself into outer space to escape her, a return for the character would be most welcome. He'd show Captain Jack what moral ambiguity is all about.

Alpha Centauri

Television is far less innocent now than it was in the 1970s. When this curiously designed 'hermaphroditic hexapod' made its debut appearance in 'The Curse Of Peladon', there wasn't much of an outcry about it resembling a huge, veiny nad on its legs. Add in six arms, a cape, a bulging eye and a high-pitched laugh, and you have a very bizarre creation indeed. We'd love to know how this alien delegate would fare on our TV screens in the 21st century!

The Meddling Monk

Rumours have surfaced that this playful character, originally portrayed by Carry On legend Peter Butterworth, is slated for a return in the near future. We hope so - his antics alongside the First Doctor were a treat to watch, as he tinkered with history for his own amusement and not any grand pretensions of world domination. It's a habit that the time-travelling monk found impossible to kick.

Sil

Despite his repulsive laugh, slithery features and tendency to exploit the impoverished, Sil was a loveable addition to the programme. Anyone who tries to turn The Doctor's companion into a bird creature - purely for his own entertainment - deserves some credit! Whether the immoral creature was dealing arms or working for a mining company, he was eyeing up the profits and guzzling his beloved marsh minnows. It's time to bring him back - as an exec for a British bank!

Sergeant Benton

A semi-regular on the show between 1968 and 1975, Benton was a dependable figure for UNIT and ably assisted three consecutive Doctors to fend off a variety of alien threats. Armed with good humour and a flashy smile, he was a bit of a ladies' man too. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart said in 1983 that Benton was now a used car salesman, so perhaps he's still out there waiting to flog The Doctor a pimped-up version of his beloved Bessie?

Richard Mace

With his theatrical pretensions, this pusillanimous highwayman assisted The Doctor during his battle with the Terileptils in 'The Visitation'. "I have appeared before some of the most hostile audiences in the world," he proclaimed, although this was nothing compared to the threat he soon encountered. Played by the flamboyant (and sadly late) Michael Robbins, he was last seen trying to fend off the flames of The Great Fire Of London.

Lytton

Played with a cold swagger by the late and great Maurice Colbourne, intergalactic mercenary Lytton would have shot his own grandmother just to keep his trigger finger supple, according to the Sixth Doctor. Working both with and against the Daleks and Cybermen in two '80s adventures, he ultimately faced a grizzly demise. After a shocking revelation was unearthed, causing The Doctor to eat humble pie, he was partially cyber-converted and died a heroic death. Legend.

Bellal

Despite his ghoulish looks, Bellal was a benevolent Exxilon who helped the Third Doctor in his battle with his mortal enemies in 'Death To The Daleks'. It was refreshing to see a race of aliens having some individuality and not just being an evil entity en masse. Unlike many of his Exxilon counterparts, he rejected their religious teachings and was more intent on helping Sarah Jane Smith fend off death rather than use her as a sacrificial lamb. He also had quite a cute and vulnerable voice that tugged at the heartstrings!

King Yrcanos

Anyone who witnessed Brian Blessed's appearances as a host on Have I Got News For You a couple of years ago will know that the great man has still got it. Sadly, he never bellowed "The Doctor's aliiiiive" as King Yrcanos in 1986's 'Mindwarp', but made up for it with an array of judo chops, hissing, shouting and some fairly metrosexual make-up. It's time for Yrcanos to make a return and test out the speakers on all these modern flatscreen televisions!

Pex

The world's most cowardly cutlet made Bonnie Langford's squeamish companion Mel look harder than Arnold Schwarzenegger when he surfaced in 'Paradise Towers'. But he had a memorable moment of redemption, hurling the evil Kroagnon - and himself - into an explosive trap at the end of the story. The Kangs, who almost mocked him to death, graffitied "Pex Lives" on the wall to commemorate his new heroic status. Wouldn't it be great if he did? No? OK, time to get our coat…

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