Hitchcock vs. Dream Lord

It’s a funny old thing, but when you don’t see much of an actor off camera, you tend to paint an idea of their personality based on the characters that they play and the intensity of their performance. Toby Jones, for example, has taken on some very serious roles of late.

If he’s not appearing in an ITV production about the sinking of the Titanic then he’s playing a nasty scientist in Captain America: The First Avenger. And if you think you’ve seen him behaving oddly in 2010’s Amy’s Choice as the Dream Lord, then wait until you see his interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock in the new HBO telefilm, The Girl. Yet when he’s interviewed behind the scenes, he seems like a thoroughly likable and down to Earth sort of chap!

The Girl is a biopic that looks at the obsessive relationship that film director, Alfred Hitchcock, had with popular actress, Tippi Hendren, and certainly let’s Jones flex his acting chops. But speaking at a recent event, Hamptons International Film Festival where he was promoting the film, he still cites Doctor Who as a far cooler gig to do, especially from the viewpoint of his family:

For my children it’s about the coolest thing I could be in. It was great to do that.

In the short video interview, he also mentions the professional and impressive nature that the cast and crew of Doctor Who managed to convey, and that was only their first series after the big Steven Moffat shake up that changed the entire direction of the series!

So there you have it: nice chap and cracking actor, Toby Jones thinks that being in Doctor Who is pretty much the coolest thing he’s been in, and considering the amount of films and television shows that he’s worked on, that’s saying something!


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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