Doctor Who actor Arthur Darvill has revealed that he was really “disappointed” when he wasn’t allowed to ride a motorbike for an episode of the hit show.
The 29-year-old actor – who of course plays the Time Lord’s companion Rory Williams – was thrilled when the show’s producer asked him if he could ride a motorcycle before filming started on ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’.
But his excitement soon faded when he was told he wouldn’t be able to hop on a Nazi army bike because he hadn’t ridden before.
Arthur exclusively told BANG Showbiz, “I didn’t actually get to ride it- there was a stunt driver…
“The producer phoned up and was like, ‘Can you ride a motorbike?’ and I was like, ‘No- but I’ll learn! It will be fine, just give me a few lessons or I’ll do a drive down the road.’
“But then they said no, so they got some guy who had won lots of bike racing competitions so even though it’s not me it looks like I’m really good at riding a motorbike.
“I was fairly disappointed, yeah. In fact there was one bit where we had to stop the bike and there were just two guys behind it pushing it along, and then stopping it.”
However, although he wasn’t allowed to ride a motorbike on set, Arthur and his co-stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan do get to do a lot of their own stunts, which Arthur admits is great fun.
He added, “They never really stop me out of real danger, well a bit.
“And the stunt guys are so good at what they do and they’re always gagging to do the stunts so it would be terrible taking them.
“But we do get to do a fair few of them- it’s good, I think it’s great.”