And now, former Who star (and series lead for spin-off Torchwood) John Barrowman has revealed his own thoughts on Whittaker’s Whoniverse entry – but while he was full of praise for Whittaker’s performance, he took exception to one crucial part of her debut adventure…
“In the States, I don’t know if it was the same in the UK but we didn’t get the theme music,” he said.
“And that bugged me! Because you know when there’s a new Doctor, there’s going to be a new theme, that’s gonna be updated and revamped.
“I thought they would do the first five minutes of the tease going into the programme, and then it would go cheeeooooooo duga da dun, duga da dun, duga da dun, and I was getting ready to dance around the room,” he added, explaining that he’d set up his front room specially so that he could film his reaction.
“But it never happened!”
Of course, the theme did end up playing over the credits for the episode, and fans were treated to the opening credits in all their glory in the series’ second episode, The Ghost Monument – but for Barrowman, that was too little, too late.
“I heard it was on the second, but I wanted the theme on the first episode!” he laughed.
“No, I’ll probably do it on the second, I’ll wait because I know it’s already aired, but I’m watching it later because I travel a lot, I’m downloading it. So I can watch it wherever I am.
“I’ll probably end up doing the dance in a hotel room somewhere,” he concluded.
“Since I started out in children’s television at the BBC in the early 90s, I was familiar with Fireman Sam, and Postman Pat, and Thomas the Tank Engine – all these great shows,” he said.
“I know of them, and what iconic British properties they are, and how well-loved they are. And so when I was asked to be a part of Fireman Sam of course there was no question in my head that I wanted to do it.”
At time of writing, there’s no word on what sort of dance Barrowman did in the recording studio while the Fireman Sam theme played, but we’ll be sure to update you with any new details as and when they arrive.
Fireman Sam: Set For Action airs on Cartoonito, Friday 26 October at 12pm
Doctor Who continues on BBC1 on Sundays
This article was originally published on 24 October 2018
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