I’m sure that some of you will write about Doctor Who, whose main nemesis (at least since The Third Doctor) was a Gallifreyan Time Lord who called himself The Master. He was first played by Roger Delgado, until Delgado died on the set of another show he was filming in 1973. (Allegedly, Jon Pertwee, who was playing The Doctor at the time, decided to leave the show after that incident.) After Delgado, the part was played by Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, and Anthony Ainley, who bore a striking resemblance to Delgado. The original series ended in 1989 during the tenure of the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy.
(Side note for the one or two of you who have never seen the show: when an actor playing The Doctor decides to leave the show (or when that decision is made for him), there is a scene in his last show where The Doctor dies and transforms into the next Doctor, the story being that any Time Lord can regenerate a dozen times. At least that was the original idea…)
Anyway, the Fox TV network in the US decided to try and revive the character and possibly pick up where the BBC had left off, and filmed a made-for-TV movie in 1996 that featured Paul McGann in the role of The Doctor. The Master in that movie was played by Eric Roberts.
Now, Eric has two sisters, one of whom is Julia, who you’ve probably seen.
Julia was born in Smyrna, Georgia, which is not far from where I live, and was raised Catholic. The reason I mention this will become apparent shortly.
A friend of mine, who also lives in Smyrna, told me this story a few years ago: he and his family attended Midnight Mass one Christmas. At the Sign of Peace (where everyone shakes hands (or hugs, or whatever) with the people around them), he turned around and saw Julia Roberts in the pew behind him. She obviously saw the shock on his face, so she smiled, shook his hand, and said “Yes, it’s me. Merry Christmas!” Which, I think, was a pretty classy move on her part.
Now, here’s Jack Benny for Texaco Sky Chief gasoline. You can trust your car to the man who wears the star!