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Published on December 16th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Dervla Kirwan Interviewed

Delicious Dirvla Kirwan spoke to the Telegraph recently about her recent – and past – work, including of course this years Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Next Doctor.

Personally speaking, I find her extremely pleasing on the eye, and it seems that  I’m not alone, with the Telegraph’s Lucy Cavendish noting that Kirwan is:

…somehow immensely approachable yet interestingly intense. She has such a darkly pretty face – all pale skin and big eyes and a mass of brown hair – it’s impossible to stop staring at her.

Of her role in Irish-set drama Ballykissangel in which she played fiery totty Assumpta, Kirwan seemed to realise that her attention span isn’t what it should be, prompting her to leave the show at its peak.

‘I think I’ve got some actor’s form of ADHD,’ she says. ‘I just can’t do the same thing day in, day out. I kept telling myself it was a great job to have and all that but, when it got to the third series, I felt as if I was on autopilot.’

There’s lots to read in a rare interview with the actress, but of course we’re all mainly interested in Dervla’s role in The Next Doctor – one which she doesn’t seem entirely ready to be recognised for…

‘I know people feel passionate about it. It was such a fun thing to do, although slightly odd in that grown men are wandering around dressed up in plastic suits. The assistant director has to say the lines as no one can speak through the layers of plastic.’

‘I don’t think I get the phenomenon as much as some people do,’ she says, ‘but I will be proud to show my children, when they are older, that I played an evil woman in charge of the Cybermen. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?’

I should say so!

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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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