Ashley Walters (best known as So Solid Crew member Asher D) first earned his acting stripes as a youngster on long-running teenage soap Grange Hill, before graduating to BBC’s Hustle and last year’s Channel 4 drama Top Boy. But next year sees his most exciting role to date: a cameo in Doctor Who.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Ashley revealed he finished filming his episode – Journey to the Centre of the Tardis – two weeks ago. “You can’t beat being in Doctor Who – it’s something I’ve grown up with my whole life and working with Matt Smith was amazing. He’s a really, really good actor and just being a part of that huge BBC franchise was an incredible thing. And Jenna Louise Coleman is really good at what she does – it seems like she’s enjoying her job and I loved working with her.”
But it wasn’t too long ago that Ashley got in trouble with Doctor Who producers for tweeting a photo from his trailer that gave fans a sneak peak of his costume. “I nearly got sacked on my first day because they’re really strict about it. I was in my costume lying down on the sofa and I just tweeted a photo with the word ‘space’ – I didn’t say anything else. Five minutes later I had execs knocking on my door saying, ‘what are you doing?’ And then I realised there were signs everywhere saying ‘don’t tweet’.”
As a result, he’s a little hestitant about giving away details of his cameo role, but he does reveal this: “in our episode it’ll be the first time people get to see so much of the Tardis.” As if series seven could get any more exciting…