Jessica is playing a character called Emma Grayling, and the culture shock between her day job and the TARDIS was hard to take at first, as she explained to the Radio Times (magazine): “[It was] very different to Midwife. On Doctor Who, it was all mind machines and strobe lighting.
“But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It’s very different character and genre – you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously.
“I hadn’t realised what an institution Doctor Who is. I got offered the part and didn’t think much about it. Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you’re doing hits home.”
Luckily, Jessica had worked with Matt Smith already, and he made her feel right at home: “We had done a play reading together. He’s a brilliant actor. He has a very long career ahead of him. I like the fact that he brings a darker edge to the role of the Doctor – it’s not all fun and games.”
I met up with a friend yesterday and we went to a vintage store to look around. They required us to take off our backpacks and leave them at the counter to discourage shoplifting so we handed them our bags, and the cashier said to me: “Wow! I really like your TARDIS plush.”
Immediately, I freaked out and went into gibberish Doctor Who mode and sprouted some nonsense about how much I loved it and then asked her whether or not she watched the latest episode. She responded saying that she still wasn’t over it and that she misses the Ponds, and I had a emotional breakdown of sorts and went into another small rambling mode about the Weeping Angels.
Before we left, I showed her that my plush TARDIS would make the TARDIS sound, which my friend described as a “pterodactyl fart”, and the cashier said she expected to see me after Christmas and I freaked out and said yes.
I love meeting new people who are into Doctor Who. n___n
UKTV continues its season of classic Doctor Who stories today (13th) with the broadcast of The Aztecs at 4:30pm (Australia) and 4:20pm (New Zealand).The four-part adventure forms part of the channel’s celebration of the First Doctor this month, which kicked off last weekend with An Unearthly Child and continues with The Dalek Invasion of Earth next week (AU:3:30pm, NZ:3:15pm), rounding off with The War Machines on the 27th (AU:4:30pm, NZ:4:20pm).