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Doctor Who star John Barrowman recalls Billie Piper having no idea what Daleks were

John Barrowman has recollected discussing Daleks with Billie Piper during the early days of his work on Doctor Who, with the Doctor’s companion revealing that she wasn’t entirely certain what the deadly extraterrestrials were.

In 2005, John, 53, made his first appearance as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who, a former Time Agent later granted his own spin-off show, Torchwood.

The first Doctor the actor starred opposite on the sci-fi series was played by Christopher Eccleston, who was joined by companion Rose Tyler (Billie) following Doctor Who’s 16-year hiatus.

One of the greatest foes any incarnation of the Doctor has ever come across is the Daleks, extraterrestrial beings whose robotic call to ‘exterminate’ has instilled fear among Doctor Who viewers since the phrase was first heard in the early 1960s.

During a recent interview, John, who is returning as Captain Jack in the Doctor Who festive special, took a look back on his time working on the show 15 years ago.

‘I remember the first time working with Billie, and we were doing one of the Dalek episodes, and we were doing the read-through. And she was like, “What’s a dah-lekky?”’ John told Radio Times.

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Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston in the revival of Doctor Who (Picture: BBC Picture Archives)

‘And I’m like “Billie, it’s a Dalek – it’s the most evil being in the universe that hates us, because we love the Doctor.” She just says “Oh.” I don’t think she was joking!’

When asked whether he believes Captain Jack could be welcomed back to Doctor Who on a more permanent basis in the future, John admitted that he’ll ‘never say no’ to playing the character if asked.

‘I’ve always said, if I’m asked I will do it at the drop of a hat – I will happily come back to the TARDIS any time I am asked,’ the actor said.

‘Except I’ll be grey-haired now, so we have to work that into the plot, that something happened to Jack’s hair!’

The Doctor Who festive special, titled Revolution of the Daleks, opens with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) trapped in a prison in space, which one of her companions Yaz (Madip Gill) is desperately trying to free her from.

Her two other companions Graham, (Bradley Walsh) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) are faced with curious happenings on their home planet, which – in a predictable turn of events considering the title of the episode – are none other than the dreaded Daleks.

Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks airs on New Year’s Day at 6.45pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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