David Walliams is said to have made filming of his big Doctor Who episode very difficult for the cast and crew, as he kept reducing them to fits of laughter.
The Little Britain star will appear in tonight’s episode of the BBC show, titled ‘The God Complex’, and will play the role of mole-like alien Gibbis.
Arthur Darvill – who plays Amy Pond’s husband Rory Williams – confessed that he was particularly distracted by Walliams’ wit, telling Bang Showbiz:
“I wanted to work with David for ages. He was just hilarious and brilliant, and constantly ad-libbing and putting bits in and making us all laugh so that was brilliant . He is how you would expect him to be on set, he’s great, very funny and very generous. I kind of was wary at first as everyone knows who he is but there’s no malice about him at all, he’s very inclusive and just really good fun to hang out with.”
However, Arthur claims that he and his Doctor Who co stars did try to avoid mimicking some of David’s best known characters when he appeared on the show.
He added: “We tried to stay away from ‘Little Britain’ jokes on set – I don’t think he even needs to reference that in order to be funny. He also had this big prosthetic on where he looked like a mole which was just hilarious. He’s brilliant in it and gives a really subtle performance.”
Matt Smith – who plays the time travelling Doctor – also loved David’s cameo appearance and loves the character of Gibbis, which was thought up by writer Toby Whithouse.
The 28-year-old actor said: “David is very funny and very brilliant in it. He plays a mole-looking creature who comes from a planet where their whole population is designed to be afraid. So that’s their purpose in life – to welcome invaders and be captured.”
‘The God Complex’ airs at 7.10pm on BBC One tonight (17.09.11).