Scots 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.