Ex-Torchwood actress Naoko Mori has talked about her latest role for the BBC where she plays John Lennonâ€™s wife, Yoko Ono, in Lennon Naked.
Mori, who played the character Tosh in Doctor Who (Aliens of London) and Torchwood series one and two, will be acting alongside another familiar face-that of the Ninth Doctor himself: Christopher Eccleston will be playing Beatles legend John Lennon.
One of Naokoâ€™s biggest obstacles for the BBC film was recreating the iconic nude photoshoot the couple did:
“I have serious issues about taking my clothes off in front of a room full of strangers…especially as it’s filmed in high definition. I actually thought about those scenes for two weeks.
“I phoned Chris and everything – we talked about how to do it. I asked him if he wanted to do a private show.
“But he didn’t. He just wanted to do it, get into the moment, and do it.â€
The drama is aired this month and is written by Robert Jones, who previous credits include Party Animals which starred current Doctor Matt Smith. Mori went on to talk about the research that she did on Yoko to get her in the mindset of the role:
“She’s a legend, a true icon. I actually thought it was ridiculous that anyone would consider me to play her. So I did plenty of research and tried to understand her a bit more.
I heard the usual things. She was so weird. Avant garde. She broke up the Beatles. All those things people used to say about her.
But I knew there was something more to her than that and the more I started looking into her life the more she became really human and I started relating more.â€
Naoko veered away from the subject in hand to comment on her time on Torchwood as well:
â€œI loved Torchwood and I never thought in a million years I’d be made into an action figure. That’s bizarre.
“But as someone who isn’t a big sci-fi fan, the thing about Torchwood for me was the mix of drama, sci-fi and comedy that Russell T Davies brought to it.â€
Catch Lennon Naked on BBC4 later this month; meanwhile the fullÂ interview with Naoko can be read on the Daily Record website.