Published on June 16th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley
Peter Kay’s appearance in Doctor Who as Victor Kennedy has garnered a lot of coverage in the Press without the BBC having to run a single trailer.
The Bolton comedian best known for his affectionate clubland situation comedy “Phoenix Nights” and his live shows will be playing – as you’re no doubt aware by now – Victor Kennedy a man who becomes the Absorbaloff. The monstrous alter-ego is of course the brain child of Blue Peter’s Design A Doctor Who Monster competition winner William Grantham – nine years old – who recently got the chance as part of his prize to visit the Doctor Who set during the shooting of Love & Monsters. The visit was featured on Blue Peter and can be viewed at the Official Doctor Who site. And quite enjoyable it is too!
Also on the Official site is an excerpt from the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine where Peter Kay talks about taking the role of the Absorbaloff:
“We originally discussed me playing Elton, but I said, ‘I’d love to do something different, cos I’ve always played this UFO-spotter type – a bit nerdy, kind of. I did a thing in Coronation Street, and they’re very similar parts. I’ve not got a problem with that… but really, let’s be honest, if you’re going to be in Doctor Who, you either want to be Doctor Who or a baddie! Know what I mean? And Russell said, ‘Why not? Have a go.’ I said, ‘I won’t let you down.’ And I’ve loved it. I’ve absolutely loved it!”
Elsewhere, Channel 4 News has covered the comedian’s appearance on this evenings Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, where he talks about Absorbaloff role and expresses his ambition to appear in a Harry Potter movie, while This Is Lancashire also reports on the chat show appearance as well as telling a little bit about Victor Kennedy:
Kennedy, a sinister stranger who always carried a silver topped cane, joins a group formed by Marc [Vaughns]‘s character Elton, in a bid to find out more about the mysterious Doctor after various sightings of the Time Lord and his TARDIS around the country over the years.
The Bolton Evening News meanwhile interviews Kay exclusively, and it seems that the rumours that David Tennant and Billie Piper don’t appear much in the story are true…:
“When I first read the script and saw what small parts David Tennant and Billie Piper had in this episode I told them they should rename this story Doctor Where?’ I hope people enjoy it; I certainly did when I was making it it was just the best time.
“On the last few things I have filmed I have had so much more responsibility, having to direct as well as act. On Doctor Who it was lovely just to be able to turn up, go into make-up, learn some lines, do some acting, then go back home.
“I really enjoyed it, the cast and crew were lovely and Russell T Davies and the other producer Phil Collinson were so supportive. They were texting me during filming to see if everything was going OK, then in touch again when they had seen some of what I had done with very kind words of support. I had an absolute ball. In years to come I’ll be able to tell my grandkids that I was a monster in Doctor Who.
“It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it?”
Well, I’m jealous!