Frank Skinner has admitted he felt utter terror about his guest role on Doctor Who.
The comedian has been cast as a futuristic train engineer in an upcoming episode of the BBC sci-fi series – after angling for a part for some time.
And he confessed to What’s On TV that while he was thrilled to get the role, the fact he is such a huge fan of the show made him fear he wouldn’t do it justice.
“It was a strange mix between absolute, utter elation and terror,” said the star.
“I didn’t realise the pressure of being in a programme that you are completely in love with. Everything I did, I thought, ‘Oh no, that isn’t good enough for Doctor Who’.”
Shooting his part as Perkins alongside current Time Lord Peter Capaldi meant Frank missed being at his son Buzz’s second birthday party.
But he said: “Ultimately I thought he would probably rather have a dad who has been in Doctor Who than one who was at a second birthday he can’t even remember.”
via Press Association
Frank Skinner will miss his son’s second birthday to film ‘Doctor Who’.
The comedian, who is a lifelong fan of the BBC sci-fi drama, has landed a cameo appearance in the upcoming eighth series of the show – but fulfilling his dream of appearing in ‘Doctor Who’ has come at a personal cost.
He told Absolute Radio: “I thought about being in ‘Doctor Who’ about every four-and-a-half minutes years before this happened! However, I’m afraid I’ve gone deep into ‘bad dad’ territory, because in order to be in ‘Doctor Who’, one of the filming days is [son] Buzz’s birthday. So I’m having to miss it.”
Frank went on to quip that he will pick a new date to celebrate his son’s birthday.
He joked: “I’m hoping it will be OK. The plan is to just make another birthday. We could just pick any date we like!”
The 57-year-old star – who also admits he missed his son’s first steps because he attended a screening of ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ – was overjoyed when he was asked to make an appearance in the new series, which marks Peter Capaldi’s first as the Time Lord.
He explained: “I was in Nando’s when I got the phone call to say that I had got the part. I went outside and there were loads of people around, it was a sunny day … I’m on the phone and he was telling me that I got the ‘Doctor Who’ job and I did a football volley mime, a really big one.”
via Irish Examiner.