Mickey-Mick-Mickey Smith himself Noel Clarke has been talking to The Guardian about his struggles in the early days of nuWho.
Clarke, whose film 220.127.116.11. (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.
â€œI came in and played him quite badly in season one. We didn’t know what Doctor Who was going to be â€“ 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.â€
Clarke, who played Mickey during Russell T. Daviesâ€™ command of Who was pleased with the way Mickey went from â€˜tin dogâ€™ to toy soldier.
â€œAnd 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.â€
18.104.22.168. has been tar and feathered by the press with the Daily Mail calling it:
â€˜A shameful squandering of Lottery money on an immature vanity project.â€™
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:
â€œHeâ€™s hot, brooding, arrogant â€” and he probably has a really big dick!â€
Double click your way over to The Guardian to read more about Clarkeâ€™s career from hapless sidekick to BAFTAâ€™s Orange Rising Star Award recipient.