Arthur Darvill wants Doctor Who motorbike

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 August 2011
Arthur Darvill

Arthur Darvill

Arthur Darvill was really ''disappointed'' when he wasn't allowed to ride a motorbike in the new series 'Doctor Who'

Arthur Darvill was really "disappointed" when he wasn't allowed to ride a motorbike for 'Doctor Who'.

The 29-year-old actor - who plays the Time Lord's companion Rory Williams in the BBC One sci-fi drama - was thrilled when the producer asked him if he could ride a motorcycle before shooting started on 'Let's Kill Hitler'.

But his excitement 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."

Although he wasn't allowed to ride a motorbike on set, the actor and his co-stars Matt Smith (The Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) do get to do a lot of their own stunts which he 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."

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