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Wednesday 29 August 2007, by Webmaster
THE pallid skin, those weeping sores and that dead-eyed expression...
Pete Doherty’s been stalking London for months like one of the restless undead, unhindered by the rules of horror films or even by mortal laws.
But as if accepting that this most tenacious of nightcrawlers is never to be stopped, cult telly legend Josh Whedon is hoping to cast Pete in his spooky new BBC series.
The 43-year-old behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer has decided the Babyshambles man is the ideal fellow to play a flesh-eating pest.
And he’ll prove to be a scintillating monster for the excellent Anthony Head to rid Blighty of when he reprises his role as Giles in the spin-off Ripper next year.
Our shivering source told us: “There have been talks about the BBC and America’s Fox network collaborating on this Buffy spin-off for years. But now they’ve got the green light to start filming.
“The show will follow Buffy’s mentor Giles after he decides to come out of retirement in his native England to solve ghost stories and other mysteries.
“Josh studied in Winchester and is quite an Anglophile despite being a native New Yorker and he’s keen to work with the BBC and, of course, Anthony again.
“He admires Russell T. Davies’s pop references in Doctor Who and thought it would be great to get some British musical and comic cameos in the new series.
“Pete seemed the obvious choice, with his love of the macabre. The blood paintings and the self-styled night creature existence are perfect. It’s thought he’ll play an approximation of his real-life persona; the zombie remnants of a rock star and poet unable to rest and therefore haunting London.
“With grisly results, of course.”
If all goes to plan Pete, 28, will start filming for the show in early 2008 and it will be shown in June.
Note to Kate Moss, 33, start wearing a crucifix now…
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