Jessica Raine is slowly steeping herself in Doctor Who lore. Not only is the Call the Midwife actress playing the show’s original producer Verity Lambert in the forthcoming An Adventure in Space in Time but she’ll also be on our screens this Saturday in the haunting new episode Hide.
Speaking to the Radio Times from BBC Television Centre a few weeks before its closure, on the set of An Adventure…, the actress admitted that filming on episode seemed like such ‘a long time ago now’
In Hide, Jessica plays Emma Grayling, assistant to Major Alec Palmer (played by Dougray Scott), who is called to an abandoned mansion on a desolate moor to investigate a spectre known as the Witch of the Well.
Jessica described Emma as:
“An emotional psychic. She can feel what other people are feeling all the time, which is quite painful. It’s got a haunted house feel to it – she can feel the presence in the house.”
The house in question, a National Trust building in Tyntesfield in Wraxall, near Bristol, was said to have had a ‘really funny feel’ which helped with her performance:
“The lights were dimmed down and I remember going off for a little wander – which I’m sure isn’t allowed, but I just can’t resist it. It’s like going into territory you’re not meant to.”
Speaking of her co-stars Jessica was full of praise for Jenna-Louise Coleman:
“She’s fantastic. I think this was first episode Jenna filmed…So we both felt quite like newbies together, which was really lovely. And we’ve got some mutual friends as well.”
The mutual lovefest continues with the Doctor himself Matt Smith:
“I’ve known Matt from around and about…a very incestuous industry where you just go, ‘Oh, you know them? I know them too.’ You just end up hanging out and having a nice time together.”
What a perfectly pleasant time horror story!
(Via Radio Times.)