This weeks Doctor Who features an excellent guest cast which includes “Hustle”‘s Marc Warren, Shirley Henderson and of course funnyman Peter Kay.
The BBC Press Office’s Programme Information has this to say of the adventure:
Peter Kay, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians, guest stars as the cold and powerful Victor Kennedy in the latest time-travelling adventure.
An ordinary man called Elton becomes obsessed with the Doctor and Rose and their mysterious blue box. But when Elton’s investigations bring him to the attention of the enigmatic Victor Kennedy, his harmless hobby suddenly plunges him into a living nightmare.
David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose, Peter Kay plays Victor Kennedy and Marc Warren plays Elton.
And there’s even a Press Release (which includes a few details – spoilerphobes look away!) to accompany the episode, in which actor Marc Warren talks about his part in Doctor Who – that of Elton Pope:
“Heâ€™s a really sweet, nice kid,” Marc says of the character. “Russell [T Davies, lead writer] wrote in the script that he was just a normal guy, very sincere and earnest â€“ thereâ€™s no edge to him. Itâ€™s very unusual for me to play a part like that, but it worked really well.
“Elton is looking for the Doctor, who he last saw when he was four years old when his mother died, and has been searching for him ever since. He meets a group of people who get together every week to talk about their sightings of the Doctor with an aim of trying to find him, and they become great friends,” explains Marc.
An interesting premise indeed, and Warren is very enthusiastic about the script:
“I was gob-smacked when I read it,” Marc confesses. “I thought, â€˜Wow! That is just fantastic!â€™ Russell had written it, and it was all this Elton kid… I couldnâ€™t really believe it. It must be quite unusual for Doctor Who to have a [guest] part thatâ€™s so central – but it definitely worked out well for me.”
It seems too that working alongside his fellow guest star Peter Kay was something of an experience…
“All of the actors in the group, including Shirley Henderson, were just wonderful. But what completely made it for me was meeting Peter Kay, who is the funniest man Iâ€™ve ever met in my life,” Marc says with a huge laugh.
“I think I used up 10 years of my quota of laughter in six days. I got to the point where I started to panic that I was not going to be able to do the job, because I couldnâ€™t stop laughing at him. I just couldnâ€™t look at him,” he recalls.
“He was just amazing. I was completely bowled over by him. I just think heâ€™s touched with a bit of genius, really. It was such a joyous experience.”
Let’s hope some of that reaches the DVD extras, eh…?
On a more serious note, however, it should be noted that this is quite a departure for Doctor Who, and one which builds upon themes established as far back as Rose and World War Three. It’s an episode that has a lot of promise, and following The Satan Pit, expectations are high…