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Richard Briers Interviewed

Veteran British actor Richard Briers has been interviewed on the Digital Spy website, covering naturally his memorable shows The Good Life, Ever Decreasing Circles and of course his appearances in Doctor Who (Paradise Towers, as the Chief Caretaker) and Torchwood (A Day in the Death as Henry Parker).

On the matter of Torchwood – about which he is quizzed directly, Briers remarks:

“I was bed-ridden for most of it, just lying there trying to remember the next line! The trouble with that show – which is brilliantly directed, by the way – is that it’s all made at night for some reason. You go in at 6pm and finish filming at 6am in the morning. It’s awful, especially if you’re old. Plus playing a dying man, it was pretty depressing.

The boy (Burn Gorman) was brilliant. It’s so real you get quite shaken by it. When one of these youngsters says ‘I’m going to shoot you’ I think ‘well, they probably might!'”

Briers was chatting to Digital Spy at a recent memorabilia convention;what is wonderful about this chap is that he falls asleep at ten to ten and doesn’t see the need for TV nostalgia reunions.



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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