The Owners: Maisie Williams stars in gripping trailer
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Sylvester McCoy, 77, has exclusively told Express.co.uk that the BBC made him agree to stay on for a fourth year as Doctor Who, or they would pull the plug on his third run as the Time Lord. However, in a shocking twist of events, the public broadcaster ended up cancelling the show regardless, which left the Scottish born actor feeling “slightly miffed”.
Sylvester explained: “Peter Davison [who played Doctor Who before him] told me, ‘Only do three years’.
“So I thought when I signed on, I was going to do three years.
“In the second year, the producer came to me and said, ‘Listen, we like what you’re doing, so we want to book you for the fourth year’, and I thought, ‘Hmmm I’m not sure.’
“He went, ‘If you don’t do the fourth year, you won’t do the third year’.
“So they twisted my arm, and I agreed to do the fourth year.”
However, the actor was left unimpressed after they all of a sudden decided to put the show on hiatus.
He continued: “I was really really miffed when they came through and said they had decided not to do the fourth year, after them twisting my arm.
“It looked negative on my part. It made it look like it was my fault, but it was to do with politics.”
The actor believes the TV show was axed after they decided to make a film version of the series instead.
Sylvester shared: “I think there was a film company who wanted to make it into a film, and they decided they didn’t want it on the television while they were doing the film.
“But it did make me rather annoyed.”
In 2005 the show was revived with Christopher Eccleston playing the Time Lord and Billie Piper as his assistant, Rose Tyler.
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So far 13 actors have headlined the series, and in 2017 Jodie Whittaker became the first woman to play the role.
Sylvester said of her incarnation of the Time Lord: “She was great, I was wondering if it would work [having a woman play the role] because you know it had worked so far, but after 10 minutes watching her I realised she was and is the Doctor.
“I sent her a message, which I said, ‘One small step for woman and one giant leap for womankind’.”
The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show with the concept of regeneration.
Now The Hobbit star is appearing in thriller film The Owners alongside Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
Opening up on the experience of filming with the star, he said: “It was great, Maisie ‘Amazing’ Williams is what I call her. She knows the industry backwards.
“I think her future as an actress is going to be great,” he added.
The film focuses on Dr Richard Huggins and his wife Ellen (played by Rita Tushingham) who leave their house one night, only for it to be robbed by a gang of youngsters.
However, the tables are turned once the elderly couple comes home to discover the home raiders and opts to take them hostage.
Signature Entertainment presents The Owners on Digital Platforms from February 22 and DVD on March 1.
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