New Doctor Peter Capaldi has turned a bit Malcolm Tucker about the leak of the Doctor Who scripts, berating the “omnishambles” in the manner of The Thick of It spin-doctor.
But fear not Whovians, the voice you can hear in the audio clip below is not the man currently holding the keys to the Tardis but an impression of him on a specially-made trail for Radio 4 series Dead Ringers which returns tonight.
Comedian Lewis MacLeod can be heard talking to companion Clara as Capaldi’s Doctor before taking a fan who has invaded the Tardis to task for claiming to have already read the scripts and seen the first episode following the leaks.
“This is a total omnishambles,” he says, borrowing one of the most famous lines of Malcolm Tucker.
As the series is recorded at the last minute, Radio 4 were quick to point out that Capaldi may not be heard tonight, but he is expected to feature in some episodes.
As we revealed last week, one of the show’s team of impressionists has also perfected their Benedict Cumberbatch, so Sherlock fans, you have been warned too…
The six-part series Dead Ringers returns to Radio 4 on Wednesday 30th July at 6:30pm
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.