The legend that is known to the world as Bernard Cribbins (still not a “sir”) but recognised by Doctor Who fans as the wonderful Wilf Mott has been called upon to promote the new high def releases of Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD.
Cribbins – who co-starred in the Earth-based Dalek occupation movie as accident-prone PC Tom Campbell – was last seen on our screens in Doctor Who‘s big New Year’s Day 2010 episode The End of Time, Part Two. But based on his recent chat with Den of Geek it seems there is not much likelihood of the inadvertent “knocker” making a return for the 50th…
I rang Cardiff [where the Doctor Who production unit is based] a little while ago and said, ‘Am I going to be involved?’ and they said, ‘Well no. We’re shooting at the moment and maybe something later on but at the moment, no.’
Meanwhile, over at Sci-Fi Now, Cribbins has been talking in more detail about Peter Cushing, director Gordon Flemyng and Russell T Davies, as well as recalling his chat with Barry Letts about becoming the Fourth Doctor. Best, perhaps, is what Bernard remembers about being cast in the second Dalek movie, particularly the opening line…
It’s a few weeks ago isn’t, 1966?
I’d worked with Peter before, and I’ve an idea it was possibly he was the instigator of getting me into it. Roy Castle had done the previous one with Peter, and then I think Roy couldn’t do it or they wanted to change the character, and Cushing I’d worked with in Israel three years before. We did a film called She for Hammer, and he may well have said, I think it was the case that he’d said “Let’s have Cribbins. He’s alright, he doesn’t drink much, he doesn’t fall over, and he gets on with it.
It seems likely that Mr Cribbins will only be involved in a promotional capacity for Doctor Who’s 50th. What do you think? Would you like to see Wilf Mott turn up, threatening to tap on a piece of perspex, or has his time been and gone?