DWO caught up with New Series Actress, Frances Barber, to
discuss her character, Madame Kovarian, her love for Doctor Who, and saving
We've seen you quite a bit in Doctor Who
this season (albeit with fleeting appearances behind sliding panels in
walls) but in this week's episode we will finally get to see a bit more
of your mysterious character. How easy was it to get your head round the
script when you first received it, and were you aware at the time that
your character would be placed throughout the series?
I wasn't aware at the time that my character would be
placed throughout the first part of Series 6. I knew I had some
appearances from behind an equally mysterious hatch, but I didn't
realise the ongoing arc of the storyline. As you know, its all very
top secret at Doctor Who headquarters, which actually meant that I had
the luxury of creating a character from the script and my own
How aware were you of Doctor Who growing up as a child? Did you watch it
and were you a fan?
I have always loved Doctor Who...Tom Baker was my first very strong
memory of a Doctor and Sylvester McCoy is a friend of mine. I have
always wanted to be a part of it in any way, and I am absolutely
delighted to be in this particular season.
You have had a long and varied career working in TV, Film and Theatre.
Do you have a preference, and what do you hope for most when your agent
gets in touch?
I don't have a preference with any of the various forms of acting in
either film or theatre. I just choose whatever I think is the most
You have great chemistry and indeed a great relationship with fellow
Actor, Ian McKellen. Is it true he bought you a library? What is your
favourite book of all time?
Ian gave some money to a charity in which he paid for a library in India
to be built in my name. This often gets misrepresented. I don't
live in a mansion! My favourite book of all time is The Grapes Of Wrath
by John Steinbeck.
Finally, if you could have one round trip in the TARDIS, anywhere in
time and space, where would you go and why?
If I had one round trip in the TARDIS, I would like to be in the car
when President Kennedy was shot, with a perfect view of who pulled the
trigger! Then The Doctor could prevent it!
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