Comedian Frank Skinner begs for Doctor Who role

Frank Skinner Never Misses Doctor Who

If there’s one programme that TV funny man and former President of the Samuel Johnson Society, Frank Skinner never misses, it’s Doctor Who.

Comedian Frank Skinner begs for Doctor Who role

Sharing a whole host of likes, loves and hates with the Radio Times, Frank, who once lobbied producers for a role (any role, including a moon rock) in the show, revealed that he’s been a fan ever since he was yay-high:

It struck me recently that I’ve been watching it for the majority of my life. I distinctly remember tuning in to the first episode when I was six – the oddness of it. Programmes were a lot odder when I was a kid; I think people could get away with it more because there weren’t many other channels to turn to.

But if there is another programme that toils with the good Doctor for a place in the West Bromwich born comedians heart it’s Dragon-a-thon Merlin – which he’ll stoutly defend against accusations that either it or Doctor Who are merely ‘Children’s Television’:

Is Merlin a guilty pleasure? You may claim that Merlin and Doctor Who are children’s television but not I. To me, Merlin seemed to cover all the great themes of humanity. I only got into it this last series and then it was pulled. It was almost like I was the kiss of death.

For more of what charms and appalls the sensibilities of Frank Skinner head over to the Radio Times site.

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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