Doctor Who joker David Walliams

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 September 2011
David Walliams as Gibbis

David Walliams as Gibbis

Arthur Darvill has revealed David Walliams had the 'Doctor Who' cast constantly laughing on set when he filmed his scenes for tonight's episode 'The God Complex'

David Walliams reduced the 'Doctor Who' cast to hysterics with his constant on set jokes.

The comic actor guest stars as mole-like alien Gibbis in tonight's episode 'The God Complex' and Arthur Darvill - who plays Rory Williams - admits it was hard for everyone to concentrate on their lines because David is so funny.

Arthur exclusively told 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 insists he and his other castmates - who include Matt Smith and Karen Gillan - resisted the urge to mimic characters from David's comedy series 'Little Britain'.

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 - who portrays The Doctor - is also full of praise for David and thinks his cowardly character Gibbis is brilliantly conceived by writer Toby Whithouse and the entire 'Doctor Who' team.

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).

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