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Published on May 17th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

John Lumic Speaks!

Actor Roger Lloyd Pack – once best known as slow-witted Trigger in “Only Fools and Horses” – is now guilty of being extremely deranged in a way that will forever impress him upon the nations’ children as Cyberman creator John Lumic.

He’s recently spoken to BBC Norfolk about the role…

When Roger was offered the role, he read the script and immediately accepted the part.

“I was delighted, of course. What I didn’t take into account was quite what a deal the Cybermen were,” he said.

“I hadn’t realised how much they had captured people’s imaginations and that they had such an iconic place themselves within the Doctor Who framework… so the attention it’s received has been really rather amazing.”

But what is it about Doctor Who that has the cream of British actors lining up to be in the series?

“Yes, it’s true. The money’s not that great – so it must be something,” he said. “I think it’s because people want to be part of it, because it’s an iconic programme and you want to be part of history.

“The programme has a pedigree and you want to be part of that,” he added.

You can read much more on the link above – or even listen to the interview! And don’t forget, Doctor Who airs this Saturday night with the conclusion to last weeks Cyberman genesis story. Age of Steel is scheduled for 6.35pm due to the feast of top quality television that is – The Eurovision Song Contest.

More Cyberman news – Blue Peter’s Gethin Jones’ report on his appearance in the alternative Earth adventure is available to view online via the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site

And also on the Official Doctor Who site, announcement of the release of 1976′s Tom Baker & Lis Sladen starring The Hand of Fear on DVD!

It’s a single-disc due for release on July 31st – for those of you unfamiliar with the plot, the Doctor and Sarah Jane encounter a stone hand that turns out to be the remains of a silicon-based being. The story also features Elisabeth Sladen’s final appearance as a regular on Doctor Who. The DVD features:

* Commentary by Tom Baker (the Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Judith Paris (Eldrad), Bob Baker (Co-writer), Philip Hinchcliffe (Producer).

* Changing Times: A 50-minute documentary charting the special relationship between the Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith.

* Swap Shop: A very rare clip of Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen’s appearance on the first ever edition of Noel Edmonds’ Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, shown in October 1976.

* PDFs of the 1977 Doctor Who Annual and the Radio Times listings for The Hand of Fear.

* Photo gallery, continuity announcements, information text subtitles and an Easter Egg.

The DVD is available at a superb price from Play.com for the superb price of £14.99 including delivery – that’s a 25% saving!

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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