A guest star in The End of Time (he voices the lead Ood) veteran Hollywood star Brian Cox also appears on BBC tv over Christmas in a remake of sci-fi classic The Day of The Triffids, and has spoken to The Daily Record about these roles.
It’s an interesting read, not least because it seems Cox went into the Doctor Who job knowing only that he was doing a voice….
“I didn’t even know what the Doctor Who was. My agents rang me up and said I was wanted to do this voice. I said, ‘How much are they paying?’
“It wasn’t a lot but it was it only an afternoon and I was free so I said, ‘Yes, I’ll do it.’
“I went along to the studio, I met this nice man, and I said what are we doing and he said it’s Doctor Who. I had no idea.”
Amusingly however, Brian Cox – who has carved out a career playing government or military villains in films such as X-Men 2 and the Jason Bourne series – isn’t totally au fait with the name of the alien race he is voicing, but given that he has one of the most distinctive voices in showbusiness, I think we can forgive him that.
“I didn’t know my name was attached to it because I’m invisible… a droog or something.
“As it happens I admire Russell T Davies and the whole Dr Who set-up in Cardiff which I think is very good and very clever.
Brian Cox appears in The End of Time, Part One at 6pm on Christmas Day, The Day of the Triffids on December 28th and 29th at 9pm; he also appears in Agatha Christie’s Marple (They Do It With Mirrors) on New Year’s Day at 9pm.