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     Saturday, November 24 2007 @ 01:08 AM EST
    I've seen all of Davison's Doctor Who stories at least two times, but I've only watched a handful of things he's done outside of our beloved series. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations of what Peter Davison vehicle I should watch next? From what I gather, Campion and The Last Detective are the most readily available on DVD here in the States, but are they worth watching?

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     Saturday, November 24 2007 @ 01:18 AM EST
    The obvious classic is the series he came to fame in "All creatures great and small" however I prefer the rather more quirky "A very peculiar practice".

    Don't know if they are available in the US, Though its hard to believe ACGAS is not available.

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     Saturday, November 24 2007 @ 07:15 PM EST
    He was also The Dish of the Day in the original TV version of "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."

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     Sunday, November 25 2007 @ 10:51 PM EST

    I believe he was also in an episode of The Tomorrow People...

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     Monday, November 26 2007 @ 04:37 PM EST
    Both Campion and The Last Detective are pretty good, although I'd say the latter probably has the edge. Davison's character "Dangerous Davies" is a very gentle, likable fellow who falls flat on his @rse more often than not. He's pretty much bullied by most of his more macho colleagues but of course is the one to solve the crimes in the end.

    Peter also starred in "At Home With The Braithwaites" several years ago, which was enormously popular (although I must admit, I never saw it) and ran for two or three series.

    And, as if that wasn't enough, he was in The Mrs Bradley Mysteries with Diana Rigg, as her love interest. One to watch if you want to see Mrs Peel and the Doctor in a romance Smile

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     Thursday, February 07 2008 @ 10:27 PM EST
    Well, I quite like Campion. I don't think every single mystery has you riveted to your seat, but some are damned good. "Look to the Lady", "The Case of the Late Pig" and "Flowers for the Judge" are all quite strong, I think. I think I've said elsewhere on this forum that there are some of those stories that made me actively wish he'd played the Doctor a bit more like Campion. But then again I have a real fondness for "Black Orchid", which shares rather a lot with a typical Campion outing. The role of Albert Campion is somewhat atypical of a Davison role in that he's fully competent and in charge throughout.

    Another great role he had was in the radio programme, Rigor Mortis. He and Tracy-Ann Oberman (of "Army of Ghosts/Doomsday" fame) led the first season, which is arguably the best of the three. If you're a fan of Davison through his stint as the audio Fifth Doctor, then this is a natural move for you. He again plays a doctor named Anthony Webster in this series, but this time he's a histopathologist who's far too enthusiastic about his work performing autopsies on the rather mundanely-deceased at an NHS path lab. Oberman is his colleague who got into the profession after watching episodes of Quincy, M.E., and dreams of finding more exciting work as a forensic pathologist. Unfortunately, she doesn't really have the temperament to be a medical examiner, as she has a highly romanticized view of forensics. He's a bit of a bumbler, but, quite opposed to Tristan Farnon or the Fifth Doctor, extremely inept socially. The role is somewhat close to his role in "The Last Detective", however, as both are better at their jobs than their lives. It's kind hard to find this one, as it's not been subsequently released on CD, so your best chance is to hope it's being re-run on BBC7, as it has been from time to time. This may actually make it to the small screen, though, as there are rumblings that it's going to be turned into a TV series.

    At Home with the Braithwaites, though, is perhaps his funniest role overall as the "situation" of that comedy is extremely well-drawn. The show is not Davison-centric, but that's perhaps one of its greater charms. It's an engaging ensemble piece that he's not often been involved in.

    The Last Detective is his longest-running series, but to my mind it's a standard detective show that many successful actors take in their later years, like Murder, She Wrote or Matlock or what have you. You know the drill: a detective-with-a-quirk and ratings just good enough to allow for famous guest stars. It's watchable, even funny at times, but it's stuff we've seen Davison (or Andy Griffith or Dick Van Dyke) do before. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's fairly unremarkable other than the chance to see Davison play against actors not usually associated with him. If you like the genre, it's a well-made example of the form. If not, it's something you can watch if you like the guests on offer that week.

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     Saturday, April 26 2008 @ 11:52 PM EDT
    I was talking with my wife the other day and recalled a comedy series Peter starred in with Patricia Hodge and Mathew Kelly cald "Holding the Fort".

    Pete stayed home looked after the Kid and ran a homebrew Brewery, whilst his wife was an officer in the Army. Seem to remember liking it a lot at the time, but I have no idea if it would still look funny today.


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     Sunday, April 27 2008 @ 03:19 AM EDT
    He was also in a quite funny sit-com called Sink or Swim about two brothers who live on a canal barge. But I would have to agree that A Very Peculiar Practice is excellent - strange, funny and almost Twin-Peaks-ish (if not much more gentle).

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     Monday, April 28 2008 @ 06:58 AM EDT

    Late last night here i the UK there was an old 'Tales of the Unexpected' called 'Wink Three Times' and David starred in that. (ITV3)

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