Published on September 28th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Monster Man Graham Cole
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.”