DWO interviews Doctor Who Actor, Warwick Davis, regarding his role
as 'Porridge' in the Neil Gaiman-penned, Doctor Who episode; 'Nightmare In Silver', his
career as an actor as well as the upcoming Star Wars movies.
You've worked your way through
some of the biggest cult Movies and TV Shows of all time, how did you
feel adding the Doctor Who notch to your belt?
I am very fortunate in my career to have been involved in some amazing
projects - among them, some really big franchise movies. Getting a role
in Doctor Who has been a career ambition ever since I can
I was such a fan of the programme when I was young, and I always
imagined being The Doctor. I used to borrow my dads old tyre pressure
gauge which looked a lot like a sonic screwdriver and stand in my
wardrobe, pretending it was the Tardis. Trouble was, it actually felt
smaller on the inside!
I met Jon Pertwee when I was about eight and worked
with Tom Baker on the BBC series 'The
Silver Chair'. I suppose Tom was 'my' Doctor much in the
same way people refer to 'their' James Bond.
Without giving too much away,
can you tell us a bit about your character Porridge in 'Nightmare In
Silver' and what it was like working with a script from the legendary
Porridge is a very interesting character, with a cool back story. All I
can say is, he's quite an important person universally.
Neil Gaiman's script is fantastic and it was a pleasure to play
the scenes he wrote. And he included cybermen - what more could I ask! I
sincerely hope the fans enjoy it. I've already received a very warm
welcome from them, even before the episode has aired which I hope will
continue after they've seen it.
With a new series of Stars Wars
movies now confirmed, would you be up for a return to the galaxy far,
Of course, I'd love to. I'd like to play a villain...with a lightsaber.
Now that would be cool!
The 'Life's Too Short' special
was fantastic (as was the first series) can we expect any more, and what
other projects do you have coming up that we can look out for?
The special is it, for now. It's down to schedules and timing. Ricky and
Stephen are busy people, but we all enjoy working together, so if we can
find time, we'll do more. I am currently developing several documentary
series, and a radio show. I have my own YouTube channel
Multiverse'. It's the home of sci-fi and fantasy comedy for
the geek in all of us. We are producing some brilliant, original shows
(many of which I am in too). Please check it out and SUBSCRIBE for free
to be the first to see brand new episodes.
I am soon to start shooting a 10 part fantasy / comedy series I have
written, and will be directing and appearing in. It's called 'Dwarves
Assemble'. I also have a new company that sells exclusive
signed memorabilia, in particular, for the first time anywhere, licensed
'Harry Potter' autographs. There is a lot of
cool stuff there already, and I'll be adding more all the time. Check it
Finally, if you could take a round trip in the
TARDIS anywhere in time and space, where would you go and why?
I'd like to check out old London around the time of the plague. I know
it sounds odd, but I've always been fascinated by that period in history
and I think it would be good to wander around for a bit and take in the
atmosphere (not the plague though).
Buy Warwick's Autobiography;
'Size Matters Not' from
Amazon for just £7.19.
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