Jessica Raine found Doctor Who 'magical'

Jessica Raine didn't realise how huge 'Doctor Who' was until she arrived on set and experienced its magic

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Jessica Raine

Jessica Raine

Jessica Raine had a "magical" time starring on 'Doctor Who'.

The 'Call the Midwife' star appears as Emma Grayling in 'Phantom of the Hex' - the first episode of the BBC One sci-fi show's new series - but she didn't grasp the enormity of the programme until she was on set.

She told the Radio Times magazine: "[It was] very different to 'Midwife'. On 'Doctor Who', it was all mind machines and strobe lighting.

"But it was a magical experience and something I was very happy to do. It's very different character and genre - you have to throw yourself into it and take it very seriously.

"I hadn't realised what an institution 'Doctor Who' is. I got offered the part and didn't think much about it.

"Then you go on set and you see this blue police telephone box, and suddenly the weight of what you're doing hits home."

Jessica already knew Matt Smith, who stars as the titular Time Lord, and she admits it helped her get used to the show.

The 30-year-old star added: "We had done a play reading together. He's a brilliant actor. He has a very long career ahead of him.

"I like the fact that he brings a darker edge to the role of the Doctor - it's not all fun and games."

Since 'Call the Midwife' launched Jessica into the spotlight, she remains grounded despite being recognised in unusual places.

She admitted: "The most common place I get stopped by fans is the ladies. If there's a queue outside, you're trapped because you need to go.

"But they're very good bonding places - you always end up having great conversations in the loo."

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