Peter Davison had Doctor Who nerves

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 April 2013
Peter Davison

Peter Davison

Peter Davison watched 'Doctor Who' for "five or six years" before taking up the role as the Doctor but he felt pressurised after watching previous Doctors' performances

Peter Davison was nervous about playing Doctor Who.

The 61-year-old actor - who was the youngest person to play the titular Time Lord when he was cast as the fifth incarnation in 1981 - had been a fan of the show for years before he landed the lead part, so was apprehensive about following in the footsteps of Patrick Troughton and William Harnet.

Speaking to Reader's Digest Magazine, Peter said: "I watched the first five or six years of the show avidly. So when I started in 1981, I was daunted about following Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell."

Peter needed an "eccentric" look to play the Doctor and chose his outfit to reflect a "sportier, younger" Time Lord.

He explained: "I was much younger than any previous Doctor and the producer said to me, 'You need an outfit that's eccentric but British.' It seemed to me that the cricket jersey was an obvious choice, since it was sportier, younger."

The full interview with Peter is in the new issue of Reader's Digest magazine, out April 16.

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