Doctor Who “all mind machines and strobe lighting”

Ditching the bicycle and hot towels of Call the Midwife, actress Jessica Raine has spoken about her ‘magical’ time filming an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.


Raine, who’ll be playing a character called Emma Grayling in an episode rumoured to be called Phantom of the Hex, spoke to the Radio Times (via Digital Spy) about a handful of possibly endless differences between the shows:

“[It is] very different from Midwife. On Doctor Who it was all mind machines and strobe lighting.

But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It’s a very different character and genre – you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously.[\quote]

Before taking on the role, Raine wasn’t quite prepared for what an institution Doctor Who is:

[quote] I got offered the part and didn’t think that much about it. Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you’re doing hits home.[\quote]

The actress, who plays Jenny Lee in the hit period drama, also praised Matt Smith for bringing a ‘darker edge’ to the show:

[quote]He’s a brilliant actor. He has a very long career ahead of him.

Call the Midwife returns at 8pm on Sunday 20th January on BBC One.

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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