Doctor Who Press Pack Phase 4 has been released, which features an interview with distinguished actress Penelope Wilton (“Ever Decreasing Circles”, “The Borrowers”, “Shaun of the Dead”) and concentrates on the second installment of Aliens of London. She plays an MP, Harriet Jones, who plays a major part in the storyline featuring the invasion of the Slitheen. While proud of her role in the series, she does however confess:
“I can vaguely recall watching a couple of the early episodes,” she says, “but I don’t think Saturday tea-times in my younger days were a good time for me to watch television – I was probably on stage a lot.”
And as for the flatulent nature of the Slitheen…
“I imagine any young boys watching will die of laughter!” she jokes.
The full press release can be read at the BBC Press Office
Meanwhile, the BBC Programme Information reveals the follwoing about episode 5 of the New Series.
With The Doctor, Rose and Harriet Jones trapped inside Downing Street, the world edges towards mankindâ€™s first Interplanetary War in the second part of a two-part episode written by Russell T Davies.
But the real danger is much closer to home.The Doctor, Rose and Harriet race against time to unmask the villainous Slitheen â€“ but only Roseâ€™s mum, Jackie, and boyfriend, Mickey, hold the key to salvation. Can the missiles be stopped?
Christopher Eccleston stars as The Doctor, Billie Piper is Rose, Penelope Wilton is Harriet Jones, Camille Coduri is Jackie Tyler and Noel Clarke is Mickey Smith.
The new story, due to begin transmission Saturday 9th April, is hugely anticipated by Kasterborous, and will of course be reviewed soon after transmission.
Hopefully the episode audience figures can level out over the next two-to-three weeks as well – confirmation of the figures for Rose (10.81 million) put it 3rd in the audience ratings table for the week ending March 27th 2005.