The BBC Press Office have released Doctor Who Press Pack Phase 6 which features an interview with Simon Pegg, guest star of Episode Seven, The Long Game.
Set in the year 200,000, The Long Game features a human race enslaved by the Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe. The Editor, played by Simon Pegg, controls all news and information from his base on Satellite Five which broadcasts to the entire Earth Empire; this control is stopping the human race from expanding further…
When The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose (Billie Piper) arrive on the space station, The Editor is rather pleased. “Because of his job he knows everything,” says Simon. “But there seems to be no record of The Doctor or Rose’s existence. “That fascinates him – and he sees them turning up as being quite fun as it breaks the monotony of his job.”
Simon Pegg of course had problems getting into the new series of Doctor Who, and was originally cast as Roseâ€™s father in next weeks episode Fatherâ€™s Day. Heâ€™s known as a big fan of the show:
“Doctor Who was a big part of my childhood so it was a great honour to be in it,” he says. “I’d got into Doctor Who just before Jon Pertwee regenerated into Tom Baker, and as a kid I never remember the special effects being as primitive as they were. It scared the hell out of me but I loved it. “I particularly recall monsters like the Sontarans, who had very strange heads; the giant insects in The Ark in Space and in one episode, Julian Glover tearing his face off to become this one-eyed creature.”
Donâ€™t forget that Adam Mitchell returns as a new companion to the Doctor and Rose this week â€“ but can he cut life as a time traveller?
The original BBC Press Pack can be found here.