Peter Davison

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Quotes (16)

  • Peter: (On his children's opinion of "Doctor Who") Well, they don't know any other world in which their dad is not in Doctor Who, so they're not as impressed as their friends are. We had David Tennant around the other day and they were almost unimpressed with him, I have to say! That was really extraordinary - it was almost like he didn't exist, it was very weird. My son Louis had a birthday party and Georgia [Moffett, Davison's daughter] was coming to his party and she turned up with David Tennant and every other child in the garden was like (makes shocked face), but my children were like 'I've met him before'.

  • Peter: (On whether "All Creatures Great and Small" could come back) There was a chance - somebody dug up an old All Creatures Great And Small script but [the BBC] didn't seem keen on doing it. Maybe they just thought we were too decrepit, I don't know! But they found an old Christmas episode which they'd never done, which had been commissioned by Johnny Byrne, who has since died, sadly. But the BBC didn't seem to be keen on it at that particular moment, although I thought it would be rather a good story. It was about a year and a half ago.

  • Peter: (about the 'Big Finish' Radio plays) I certainly think the writing, as a generalisation, is better. There were some very suspect scripts we did, knocked off by TV writers who'd turn their hand to anything. Fair enough, but they weren't science fiction fans. You do get the impression, both with the television series now and Big Finish, that they are fans of science fiction and that's why they are doing those stories.

  • Peter: I must admit I'm a bit old-fashioned and just wait for things to turn up. I really love getting offered a job - although I don't believe it's true until the costume designer rings me up.

  • Peter: A drama student is a fantastic thing to be because you can prance around in a long coat, carrying a script under your arm. Then a brutal thing happens - you leave, and realise you are at the bottom of the heap.

  • (on whether he would return to "Doctor Who" for a longer stint) Peter: Oh, absolutely. I don't think it would happen - I have to be straight on that, because it sounds as if I'm prophesying about it, which I'm not. I can't think of a reason why I would say 'Sorry, I don't want to be in one of the most successful television series ever'. I think it's unlikely. I loved doing Time Crash, but I don't know it would go any further. Unless there's a spin-off for old codgers roaming around the universe!

  • (on his daughter Georgia getting a part in "Doctor Who") Peter: I was very pleased for her. People think she got it because of me. I think she got it despite me. I think they had to think very carefully they cast her, as people would say 'oh, it's Doctor Who's daughter', but she's a great actress. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Peter: Dangerous Davies is an unassuming detective, who seems unfazed by anything that is thrown at him. In a way, he is my ideal, because I have to confess I do get irate at times, especially when I'm driving in traffic.

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Trivia (14)

  • Peter chose his stage surname of Davison to avoid confusion with the actor and director Peter Moffatt, a man who would one day direct him in two episodes of Doctor Who.

  • Peter won the BBC TV60 Award for Best Popular Drama Series in 1996. He shared the Award with Sylvester McCoy.

  • Peter is one of only three actors (Elizabeth Sladen & John Leeson being the others) to have played the same character in both the original run of Doctor Who and the re-imagined series.

  • Although not an author (and not to be confused with the American poet of the same name) Peter Davison has edited The Book of Alien Planets a children's book published in 1983.

  • Peter contributed a Doodle to the National Doodle Campaign (2008), which auctions off celebrity doodles for charity (The Neurofibromatosis Association).

  • Peter starred with tenth Doctor David Tennant in the 2007 Children in Need, Doctor Who special: Time Crash. It was the first multi-doctor storyline since the show was revived in 2005.

  • Peter Davison was good friends with Patrick Troughton (The Second Doctor). Troughton urged Davison to only play the Doctor for three years. Davison followed his advice and left the show. Davison regretted leaving the show, but by the time he wanted to come back, Colin Baker was already cast as the new Doctor.

  • Peter's daughter Georgia auditioned for the role of Rose Tyler in the new Doctor Who series, but the role went to Billie Piper. However, Georgia appeared in Series 4 as the title character of the episode "The Doctor's Daughter".

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