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Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Hayden-Smith on Who

Queer as Folk was a watershed moment for many teenagers looking for an outlet for their burgeoning  sexuality. The landmark series written by former Doctor Who Head Writer Russell T. Davies allowed audiences to traverse the Canal Street gay scene with breakthrough characters who echoed their own concerns: love, sex, commitment and identity.

One of those fans was openly gay actor/presenter Andrew Hayden-Smith, former Byker Grove star and guest star in Series 2 episodes Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel who has been talking about his experiences working on Doctor Who.

While working as a presenter for CBBC, a producer and life long Doctor Who fan encouraged Hayden-Smith to call Davies about appearing as an extra on the programme:

“I first met him on the set in Cardiff. It was a freezing cold night and I had a really nice chat with him. Queer of Folk was on when I was 15 so I was completely in awe of him. That show was a huge part of me dealing with my sexuality. The nice thing was he said to me that he’d been planning on writing me a letter to say how proud he was about me coming out.”

As his last appearance in Doctor Who aired Hayden-Smith had already decided to take a well earned break. Stints in theatre and work as an announcer for ITV followed before Hayden-Smith returns to our screens this summer in a project he’s keeping quiet on for now:

“I’m pretty excited about this year. I’ve got a couple of things coming out, but I can’t talk about them, which is the worst thing for me because I’ve got a massive mouth!”

To read the full interview visit  Pink News.

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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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