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Reece Shearsmith on Doctor Who: 'I'd love to be a baddie'

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Reece Shearsmith has said that he would like a part in Doctor Who, but wouldn't want people to think he got the role because of his friend's involvement in the programme.

Shearsmith was part of The League of Gentlemen alongside Mark Gatiss, who has written and starred in the show.

British actor Reece Shearsmith who plays 'Gilbert' performs a scene from Cameron Makintosh's new musical comedy Betty Blue Eyes

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"I don't know, it's a good question isn't it? You might have to put it out there!"


Gatiss also co-created the BBC's Sherlock alongside current Who showrunner Steven Moffat.

Speaking to Digital Spy and other journalists about his role as Malcolm Webster in ITV's factual drama The Widower ("My job as the actor playing him was not to make it a cold serial killer man. To make it a real person in the world"), Shearsmith was asked when he would pop up in the BBC's hit sci-fi.

"I don't know. It's a good question, isn't it? You might have to put it out there!" Shearsmith replied.

"Oh god, I don't know. To be honest, it might not be the right thing to say, but I don't watch it. I've not watched it for a long time.

"I've not watched it since about Colin Baker. So I don't know the ins and outs of what goes on in that world."

'Doctor Who' TV series filming, Cardiff, Wales, Britain - 28 Jan 2014
Jenna-Louise Coleman and Peter Capaldi
28 Jan 2014

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Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman filming the new series of Doctor Who


He added: "Of course I think it would be great to be part of it, I'm just waiting for someone to think of it.

"Steve's been in it, Steve Pemberton, and Mark's obviously part and parcel of it. Yeah, I'd love to be a baddie in it, or I don't know.

"It'd be the right part. I wouldn't want to do it if it felt like oh you're just in it because your friend writes it. That would be the worst thing to be levelled at me."


As well as his League of Gentleman links to Doctor Who, Shearsmith featured in psychedelic civil war drama A Field In England from Ben Wheatley, who will direct the opening two episodes of Peter Capaldi's debut series.

He has also been cast alongside Who alumni Alex Kingston and Noel Clarke in upcoming ITV crime drama Chasing Shadows.

Of his cameo appearance in Gatiss's recent Doctor Who docudrama as Patrick Troughton, Shearsmith said: "It was nice to be part of An Adventure in Space and Time.

"He always said, 'If I ever get that thing made...' because he had it written for a long time... 'I want you to do that little bit as Troughton'.


"It was nice to be on the set of the original console, see David Bradley dressed up... see the Daleks and everything."

He added: "I thought some fans would love this experience. I was aware of what it meant. It was very special to be on that set.

"I don't know if I captured it. I tried to capture one line - just that awkwardness of him waiting in the wings to take over when everyone was sick of Hartnell.

"It was a moment of levity, really. It was a wonderful thing to be part of."

The Widower begins on ITV on Monday, March 17 at 9pm. Watch the trailer below

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