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Published on May 28th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Clarke: “I didn’t rehearse”

Mickey-Mick-Mickey Smith himself Noel Clarke has been talking to The Guardian about his struggles in the early days of nuWho.

Doctor Who companion Mickey Smith was played by Noel ClarkeClarke, whose film 4.3.2.1. (a transatlantic all-girl diamond heist) is released on the 2nd June, told the paper how he failed to grasp the tone of the show on its return.

“I came in and played him quite badly in season one. We didn’t know what Doctor Who was going to be – it was a kid’s show, right? So there’s me, doing the big eyes, grinning like an idiot. It’s partly my fault, I didn’t rehearse, but I wasn’t really told about the tone of the show either.”

Clarke, who played Mickey during Russell T. Davies’ command of Who was pleased with the way Mickey went from ‘tin dog’ to toy soldier.

“And then in my last episode [The End of Time, Part 2] I’ve got a huge beard because I was in the middle of filming Neil Marshall’s Centurion. So mostly by coincidence, Mickey has this arc from nerdy guy to bearded freedom fighter. I thought that was cool.”

4.3.2.1. has been tar and feathered by the press with the Daily Mail calling it:

‘A shameful squandering of Lottery money on an immature vanity project.’

Reviews over at The Guardian and The Times have drawn their daggers on one moment in particular where, Clarke, who also cameos in the film as a shop assistant includes a moment the lead actress describes his character thusly:

“He’s hot, brooding, arrogant — and he probably has a really big dick!”

Quite…

Double click your way over to The Guardian to read more about Clarke’s career from hapless sidekick to BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Award recipient.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




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