Lee Mack has revealed he wants to follow fellow comedians Frank Skinner and Rufus Hound onto the set of Doctor Who: in fact more than that – he’s begging for a cameo!
At Sunday’s TV BAFTAs, Lee said:
“I’m desperate to get a part in Doctor Who. I really am. I’m using tonight as a shameless way to get into Doctor Who. It would be literally the only time my children would be impressed by anything I’ve done in life.”
That life has included sell-out stand-up tours, the award-winning sitcom Not Going Out, and being a stableboy for Red Rum. He continued:
“We’ve literally sat down and watched every episode back-to-back, from Christopher Eccleston to Peter Capaldi. Just finished, hence this look of tiredness. Back to back for the last four weeks.”
Yeah, go on – I know someone will say “every episode? Not if he hasn’t watched Classic Who!” But he has watched those early years, but possibly not with his kids. Mack was born in 1968, so watched it in his youth – as we’ll discover shortly!
And he’s especially a fan of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, which could be shameless sucking up or, like many of us, genuine enthusiasm about the new incarnation:
“I wanted Peter Capaldi to win for Doctor Who. He’s not been nominated. He’s my favourite Doctor Who.”
The media’s only just picked this up, but its’ not the first time Mack has praised the show. In his 2012 autobiography, Mack The Life, he talks about working with Catherine Tate, who was in the initial pilot of Not Going Out as well as various projects like the Edinburgh Fringe, and says:
“It’s really great to see Catherine doing so well. The only thing I objected to seeing her doing was Dr. Who, as this was my favourite show from childhood, and so the ‘escapism’ for me was difficult when I saw her in it. It’s hard to feel like the universe is really in the hands of one woman , when the week before, she has rung you asking what a Cyberman looks like.”
Page 297, if you’re interested! It’s a highly-recommended book – in fact, the only autobiography I’ve ever read! I always think they’re tedious affairs, but not so Mr Mack’s. You’ve probably gathered I’m a big fan of his (his tours are amazing, and Not Going Out remains a favourite comedy show), so I’d be more than happy to see him in Doctor Who!
Sadly, Would I Lie To You, his panel show nominated at the BAFTAs, lost out to The Graham Norton Show, and faced competition from Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Stewart probably would’ve disliked winning anything so mainstream anyway. Just saying.
So what do you think? Would you like to see him in Who…?