Doctor Who Christmas guest star Bill Bailey has been featured in several publications discussing his role in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe this week, bringing comedy, remote controls and space farmers to the table.
Notably observing that getting a part in a show he watched as a child is almost the same as being recognized by the Queen…
“almost like you get venerated, like a knighthood or something. There should be a ceremony…”
…Bailey tells The Telegraph about watching the show in his childhood with a grandfather who had fashioned a remote control out of bamboo and a piece of cork. This wood theme runs throughout Bailey’s connection with the show – in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, he plays a space farmer, protecting a forest!
“When I arrived at the set, it was quite breathtaking. This beautiful forest, decked out in snow – it looked amazing. And then us as forest space farmers clanging around, it was such fun. It was a juxtaposition of all that is the essence of Doctor Who for me.”
If there are any stunts in the episode, however, you can be certain that specialists were brought in to substitute Bailey and his colleagues Arabella Weir and Paul Bazely.
“It won’t be me doing them. When we did a night shoot, we had to go from the studio up to the location. It involved getting into a people carrier, and that was the most difficult thing of the whole night! I had to sort of roll in face down. We didn’t look like an elite fighting force at that stage.”
Naturally, there is also mention of “Docteur Qui”, Bailey’s “Belgian jazz” interpretation of the Doctor Who theme tune. If you haven’t come across this before…
Just a couple of days now, people – The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe airs at 7pm on Christmas Day on BBC One in the UK, while overseas viewers can catch The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe on BBC America at 9/8c while Canada’s SPACE channel also has a Christmas Day broadcast at 9pm.
(Additional material: PA)