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Published on July 16th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

Barry in Doctor Who?

Some of you may not know who he is but Shaun Williamson who played Barry on Eastenders many years ago is a bit of a legend.

(I think you and I need to discuss the definition of the word “legend” – Ed)

As Barry, he was the unlucky in love comedy character that ended up being killed by Janine Butcher when they had a tussle next to the edge of a cliff. But Williamson went on to star in Ricky Gervais’s comedy Extras where he played a parody of himself as a down an out actor taking any job he could to stay afloat. The role has led to cameos in Hollywood films as well.

Why is Williamson being written about here you are asking? Because the actor is now eying up a role in Doctor Who to add to his CV. He hasn’t been offered on but he described it to Digital Spy as something of great interest to him, but being honest with the public, he made it clear that it wasn’t just for the love of the show:

“I think probably Doctor Who would be my ultimate job. Just so I could go to all of those conventions and keep making lots of money year after year.”

And he’s probably right; several Doctor Who actors have mentioned how the conventions and appearances they’ve made by being in Doctor Who have kept them in money.

Maybe one day we’ll see Shaun in a comedy role in Doctor Who similar to James Corden’s!

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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!




3 Responses to Barry in Doctor Who?

  1. DavidF says:

    Are you going to write an article about everyone who would like to be in Doctor Who, but hasn’t been offered a role? There are millions of us.


    • Just send me your press release, David ;)

  2. Ian says:

    God I hope not. A has-been blatantly looking for attention. And focusing on the money isn’t very charming either.

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