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October 7th, 2014
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WhovianNet caught up with Edward Harrison to find out more about his recent appearance in Series 8 of Doctor Who.

The actor appeared in The Caretaker as Adrian, a colleague of Clara’s at Coal Hill School, who has been recognised by fans for his striking resemblance to a certain former Doctor.

Edward chatted to us about landing his role and shared his memories of working alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Read our interview below and be sure to follow him on Twitter @EdHarry7.

Q. Hi there, Edward! Firstly, when did you discover you were interested in acting?
A. Probably when I was around 10 years old. I was – and in many ways still am – shy. I suppose it was an outlet for that. I did the fairly conventional route of appearing in school plays, then local youth theatre, which in turn led to drama school and the rest is history! I’ve been acting professionally for over ten years now.

Q. And how did your most role, as Adrian in The Caretaker, come about?
A. It’s funny. It had been mentioned by the odd stranger and even in a couple of theatre reviews that I had an ‘air of Matt Smith’, so when I got the call to meet for Adrian, I had to laugh! I suppose my floppy hair got me through the door, but hopefully I’ve made Adrian a real guy in his own right. I was never supposed to be a double or an imitation of Matt.

Q. So you were already a fan of the series before you landed this role?
A. Sylvester McCoy was the Doctor I remember most from my childhood. I caught the odd episode over the years. But I’ve watched every episode this series and I’m hooked. What brilliant, funny, dramatic, terrifying, escapist fun it is! But with real heart(s). Sorry.

Q. When did you film the episode and how long did filming last?
A. I was on set in early April 2014, over 3 separate filming days.

Q. What was it like to get the chance to see Peter Capaldi perform as the Twelfth Doctor before he had appeared properly on screen?
A. It was a genuine thrill and privilege to work with Peter, and his work ethic is a real example. Focused, professional, but always ready to share a joke when the cameras stop rolling!

Q. And how did you find working with Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald?
A. Jenna is a real talent and so on her game. Passionate about getting it right, lovely to be around and a real role model I think. She also happens to be beautiful.

Q. What are your favourite memories from your time on set?
A. I’m going to have to cop out and say it was a joy from start to finish! From the wonderful hair/costume/make up girls to the on set crew and actors, Doctor Who is what it is because of the team behind it. They made it ALL a favourite memory. Having said all that, the sticky toffee pudding on day 2 was a dream!

Q. Would you like to return to the role if the opportunity came about?
A. That goes without saying.

Q. Doctor Who guest stars get the chance to meet fans at the various events and conventions that are held around the world. Are these something you would be interested in attending yourself?
A. Adrian appeared on screen for a couple of minutes, but I’ve been embraced by most Whovians the world over. If they are as warm and welcoming as that, then of course I’d love to attend!

Q. Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to any aspiring actors out there?
A. It has only truly started happening for me in the last few years. It can take time. It certainly takes perseverance. But that is also a test of how badly you want it. Oh, and be nice to everyone!

Q. Finally, have you got any upcoming projects you can tell us a little about?
A. I’m due to start rehearsal for a new farce called Sex and the Three Day Week which runs at Liverpool Playhouse over Christmas. You can catch me as Richard in the first episode of Dorian Gray Series 3, due out in November from Big Finish. Following that, I’m joining the Broadway production of Wolf Hall with the RSC. Beyond that? Who knows!

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October 5th, 2014
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The final UK rating for The Caretaker has been revealed.

In the sixth episode of the current series, which aired on Saturday 27th September, the Doctor went undercover when terrifying events threatened Coal Hill School.

The adventure was watched by an official audience of 6.81 million on BBC One, which is once again a considerable rise from its initial overnight of 4.89 million. The final rating is a consolidated figure which includes those who watched the episode within the first 7 days of its transmission.

At its halfway point, Series 8 has an official UK average rating of 7.4 million viewers.

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October 3rd, 2014
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The results of our Week 6 poll are as follows…

Was the Doctor too harsh on Danny Pink?

No. (52.0%)

Yes. (48.0%)

Feel free to discuss the outcome in the comments below. The new series continues tomorrow in Kill the Moon.

September 29th, 2014
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We’ve now reached the halfway point of Peter Capaldi’s debut series as the Twelfth Doctor and it’s safe to say that he’s definitely been keeping himself busy since our last series recap!

In Episode 4, Listen, we finally discovered what scares the grand old man of Time and Space when ghosts of past and future crowded into his life, and Clara realised just how dangerous allowing herself to get distracted can be when a date with new beau Danny Pink proved to be a timey-wimey affair which took them to the end of the universe itself…

Next up, Doctor Who met Ocean’s 11 as our heroes faced a Time Heist in the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. On the run from the terrifying guilt-detecting Teller, the TARDIS team fought their way past deadly security and came face to face with the powerful Ms Delphox who was harbouring an almighty secret of her own. They weren’t in it alone, though, as they invested in the help of Psi, a cyber-augmented gamer, and beautiful mutant human Saibra, and, according to the results of our Poll, the majority of you would enjoy having the latter’s shape-shifting ’superpower’!

In his most recent adventure, the Doctor went back to school as he became The Caretaker to overthrow a ploy from robot Skovox Blitzer to destroy all humanity. Two worlds collided for Clara Oswald as her best friend met her boyfriend and it wasn’t long before tensions reached boiling point. Meanwhile, Missy returned to add another cog to our wheel of speculation

Feel free to share your own highlights and low points of the series so far in the comments…

September 28th, 2014
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An audience of 4.89 million tuned in to see the Doctor as The Caretaker on BBC One last night.

According to the overnight figures, the sixth episode of the new series attracted a similar audience to last week, despite being shown at 8:30pm, which is Doctor Who’s second latest time slot in its 50 year history after the TV movie in 1996.

The sure ratings winner of the day was Strictly Come Dancing which aired directly before Doctor Who to 8.1 million, with The X Factor taking second place bringing 7.7 million to ITV.

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September 27th, 2014
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The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.

The brand new series of Doctor Who continued tonight and the Doctor went back to school!

As we reach the halfway point of Series 8, the Time Lord went back to where it all began as terrifying events threatened the pupils and staff at Coal Hill School. Last week he was a bank robber so, obviously, the natural progression is to become a caretaker. He did just that when Skovox Blitzer prepared to destroy all humanity. But there was worse to come…

Two worlds collided for companion Clara Oswald, who has thus far been doing a pretty good job at juggling her attention between her best friend and boyfriend. The truth was revealed to Danny Pink who joined forces with Team TARDIS to save the school from alien excursion.

So, what did you think of the Doctor’s transformation into The Caretaker? Coal Hill is safe and our discussion is now open for you to share your thoughts about tonight’s adventure…

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen The Caretaker. You have been warned!

September 27th, 2014
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It’s Saturday which means that it’s time for another brand new Doctor Who, and for Clara Oswald, two worlds are about to collide.

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School, the Doctor decides to go undercover. But even worse than Skovox Blitzer, who is ready to destroy all of humanity, the Time Lord is about to meet Danny Pink. What could possibly go wrong?

The Caretaker airs on BBC One at the later time of 8:30pm and you can watch all the latest previews here.

As always, we’ll be here straight after the episode for you to share your initial thoughts so join us right here from 9:15pm to share in the journey with your fellow fans. See you then!

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for all the latest on Series 8!

September 25th, 2014
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The new series of Doctor Who continues this weekend and here is where you can find all the previews relating to the next action-packed episode!

In The Caretaker, written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, the Doctor decides to go undercover when terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School.

The Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity – and worse, any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.

  • Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat introduce The Caretaker:

  • Preview Clip – The Doctor goes undercover:

The episode airs on BBC One at the slightly later time of 8:30pm.

September 24th, 2014
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Jimmy Vee has been discussing his memories of playing robot Skovox Blitzer in this Saturday’s episode The Caretaker.

The actor is no stranger to weird and wonderful creatures in the series as he has previously appeared as the Graske and the Moxx, however he revealed that his latest role proved to be the most comfortable to date – quite literally, too! “It was great to get in and out of that costume,” he explained. “It took 10 minutes to get fitted. Usually you get the bodysuit on and you have to sit around in the make up chair for hours.”

He continued: “Peter Capaldi is great. We got on well with us both being from Scotland. He is playing it quite naturally. It just feels like he’s playing himself and not changing anything to become the Doctor. He is just going to do it his in own way really, his own natural way.”

Jimmy is perhaps best known as Bannakaffalatta in Voyage of the Damned, a character who is still a hot topic of conversation amongst the fans. “I liked getting engaged to Kylie Minogue,” he joked. “Some people think we really did get engaged. I am still asked that!”

The Caretaker premieres this Saturday at the later time of 8:30pm on BBC One.

September 23rd, 2014
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The BBC has released a set of new images to prepare us for the Doctor’s transformation into The Caretaker.

In this Saturday’s episode, written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat, the Time Lord goes undercover when terrifying events threaten the staff and pupils at Coal Hill School.

We’ll meet a terrifying new villain in the form of Skovox Blitzer who is ready to destroy all of humanity. But worse still, Danny Pink and the Doctor are about to meet. What could possibly go wrong? We dread to think…

The Caretaker airs on BBC One on Saturday 27th September, at the later time of 8:30pm.













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