The Doctor must battle 'animalistic' monster

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 September 2011
The Doctor with his companions

The Doctor with his companions

Viewers will see The Doctor and his companions Amy and Rory battle a Minotaur in this week's 'Doctor Who' episode and monster choreographer Ailsa Berk insists it's a very ''powerful and strong'' creature

The Doctor has to battle an "animalistic monster" in 'Doctor Who' this Saturday (17.09.11).

The Time Lord (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) find themselves trapped in a sinister hotel in 'The God Complex' and are being pursued by a rampaging Minotaur - a mythical creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man.

Ailsa Berk - who choreographs the movement of the monsters on the BBC One sci-fi series - insists the Minotaur presents a big challenge to the TARDIS team, who also have to face their greatest fears inside the hotel's rooms and cope with cowardly alien Gibbis, who is played by guest star David Walliams.

She said: "It's a very, very powerful and strong character. It has an animalistic nature which influenced how the team decided it would move. There's always that element that has to be there. You take what you can transfer into the character from what would also be the animal."

Ailsa - who has worked on the series since its return in 2005 and developed the movements for the Cybermen and Scarecrows among others - is full of praise for actor Spencer Wilding for his work inside the Minotaur suit.

The choreographer insists Spencer came up with a number of ideas of how the creature should move and how to compensate for the bulk of the costume.

She said: "I've worked with Spencer on several occasions and he was the performer inside the minotaur. He's great and he had ideas about how to wear the costume, and how to deal with the bulk of the costume. He also had ideas of how he thought it should be and they were very nice ideas and what we did together was just to tidy up things so the hands and the arms moved correctly and so forth, and how the head turns."

Ailsa's video demonstrations on 'How To Walk Like A Monster' can be enjoyed at the critically-acclaimed 'Doctor Who Experience' at London's Olympia.

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