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Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

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Our Place in the Universe

Hugh Bonneville, he‘s a bit flavour of the year right now isn’t he? Not only has the actor received great acclaim for the role that he plays in Downton Abbey, he has also had another success with the BBC2 comedy series Twenty Twelve.

And like all actors who are versatile and talented, he was sought out by the Doctor Who production team and made to be in the show. Okay, not made, obviously he wanted to be a part of the greatest show in the history of television and so his wish was granted as he got to play an uber cool role as the Captain of a pirate ship!

As Doctor Who meets the wonderful world of Pirates of the Caribbean this Saturday, Bonneville plays Captain Avery who has his hands full with not only a mysterious siren that seems to be angry at the crew of his ship but also the appearance of the Doctor and his friends to deal with as well. The crew all have their own superstitions as to what is actually going on but of course it’s going to take the Doctor to really solve the problem and naturally he and Avery do not see eye to eye at first.

But that isn’t the case off camera as Bonneville revealed to the Daily Express what a wonderful time he had filming his episode:

“They do these crazy schedules, preparing for the next episode while they’re shooting the current one, but Matt is the perfect host to guest stars. He and Karen Gillan [who plays Amy Pond] were generous with their welcome. They’re obviously so pooped and could just go ‘ugh’ but actually they were terrific.”

And continuing this year’s slightly more adult theme in Doctor Who, actor Bonneville states that his episode has plenty of meat for you to get your emotional teeth into:

“There is this overarching theme questioning mortality and identity and who we are in this universe.”

This looks set to be one of the most fun and daring adventures that the Doctor and his friends have ever had!

The Curse of the Black Spot will air Saturday 7th May on BBC One and BBC One HD at 6pm

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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