Former Bill star Graham Cole has released an autobiography, which covers his three appearances as a monster in Doctor Who.
Serialised by the Mirror (no, really), On the Beat – My Story features recollections of Cole’s time starting out as an actor, working as a driver and other on-set jobs to gain experience before working as an extra and a monster on Doctor Who. Cole later joined The Bill as a PC with occasional speaking lines after the series launched in the 1980s, before being given a regular role in 1987 and staying with the show until 2009.
Here Cole describes work on 1980s Full Circle:
By 1980 I was signed with the Ivor Kimmel Agency. Ivor was terribly posh and rang me one day, apologising profusely: “I’m terribly sorry to offer you this but it’s a little bit of nonsense for the BBC.”
That “little bit of nonsense” was Doctor Who.
My first role in the show was as a Marshman in a story called Full Circle. Back then the Doctor was played by Tom Baker, who was weird and wonderful like his character.
Cole goes on to describe the costume (it was a wetsuit, apparently) and the amount of talcum powder that needed to be employed.
To be honest, if the extract published in The Mirror is anything to go by, On the Beat – My Story isn’t going to be the best read in the world, written with a slightly flat, “I did this, this and this” style with plenty of cliched, badly planned sentences, such as:
“…let’s just say a lot of talcum powder had to be applied to ease getting in and out.”
No Graham, let’s not. Why don’t you actually go into some detail as to how difficult wearing these types of costume really is?