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Neve McIntosh, Silurian

Neve McIntosh, SilurianScots actress Neve McIntosh has been a fan of Doctor Who for many years, and counts Tom Baker as her favourite – so she must have been pretty satisfied to win a part in a 2010 episode which sees the Eleventh Doctor encounter the Silurians for the first time in over 25 years.

McIntosh – who as appeared in Gormenghast, Trial and Retribution and The Hound of the Baskervilles – had to endure 3 hours in makeup every day in order to achieve the look of a reptile warrior.

However she was under added pressure – Neve plays twin Silurians!

“That was a brilliant challenge but this was the type of job that made me want to become an actress in the first place.

“I get to have great make-up, funky costumes and run around pointing ray guns at people. It’s just like being a kid again.”

Interestingly, after appearing opposite Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and companion Amy Pond (fellow Scot Karen Gillan) McIntosh is set to appear in a four part drama with another Doctor Who Scot – David Tennant.

Christian Cawley


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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