As if! Still, in those days it was rare for Dr Who to be on the cover of the Radio Times - especially as the series had not been seen since 1996 (or 1989 depending on your viewpoint). And for the Comic Relief sketch the photos were taken hoping that that would be the case again. As it happens Victoria Wood made the cover and the picture of Rown Atkinson made page 9 or 15 or wherever instead.
Great to see Mr Atkinson on set. The erstwhile Mr Bean standing around between takes on our set playing with the knobs. Ooh err sounds a bit rude. Seriously though it was great to see a master at work. And serious he was too! Only Ashley managed to get a few words with him as he's notoriously a reserved person. That's Rowan we're talking of here not Ashley - he's far from that.
It's the same old story - people forget you're in a dalek and they b*gger off and have a cup of tea. It nearly happened to Ashley. He and Stephen voted on which star Doctor they'd want to be in the scene with. Stephen chose Hugh Grant, whilst Ashley plumped for his brother Richard E.
Yes you heard it. One of our daleks developed a squeak. Didn't do it before and hasn't since, but at Pinewood it squeaked. It could have been David though who was chosen to operate it. He hasn't the same arthritic joints of Ashley but perhaps inherited them for the day. Not normally a problem but the sound guys picked it up!
Blimey - here we were. In a dirty great studio. And we knew - no-one. Hmm now what? Actually it was far from that - we were made very welcome and we managed to chat to people and see how things got done. As long as we kept back and didn't get in the way we were all right. The best bit was being consulted to ensure our TARDIS set was as we wanted it. Stephen and Ashley constructed it on the build day and at any time one of our three (David also came up) were on hand to make sure things were okay.
How would our sets and props get to Pinewood. We needn't have worried - a lorry the size of a small town turned up outside Ashley's and stopped the traffic as far back as Kent.
The TARDIS walls and console needed a wee bit of work...
still a lot more to come in this section but we thought we'd let you all see it in progress - any ideas or questions on what we can add then please let us know via the "say hello" bit!
We were involved in a small way with the BBC's Comic Relief project back in '99. Blimey - that long ago. Last century. Well actually in Devious years that's not long ago as you may have noticed our lightning speed on things...