Classic Rock magazine have published an interview with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor in which he talks about his love of Doctor Who and lists all the Doctors in his order of preference. We like lists. Lists are cool. I wear a list now… Actually, no, I don’t. I got carried away. Sorry.
I am a big fan of Corey Taylor and both his bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, so imagine the state of my brain when the news broke a few months ago that Taylor would be providing vocals for a Doctor Who alien creature! Talk about worlds colliding with the duality of this psychosocial sci fi/heavy metal crossover!
Anyway, Taylor dutifully turned up in Cardiff, recorded 40 minutes of his trademark screaming vocals, and had his tour of the studios and TARDIS interior set along with the Doctor Who Experience. We’ve already covered his appearance in Doctor Who as The Fisher King in Under the Lake / Before the Flood, so I won’t dwell on that, suffice to say that Taylor heard nothing more from the production team after recording his vocals until he saw the episodes broadcast – but he was ecstatic about the whole experience:
“The cool thing is that I didn’t see or hear anything more until the day that the episode aired. Me and the whole family were sitting in my house in Iowa watching it and waiting for the growl to come out. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever got to do. It was even cooler to see my name in the credits. That was just ******’ religious.”
Taylor also reveals just how much of a fan of Doctor Who he really is. He has intimate knowledge of the history of the show, including the Peter Cushing films, so when asked to list the Doctors in order of preference he starts out thusly:
“Sure, but it comes down to this though: are we just talking TV series or do you want to delve into the serials or Peter Cushing and the two movies? Because I can talk Doctor Who all goddam day. That first Cushing movie, Doctor Who And The Daleks , is a lot of fun. Peter Cushing was one of my favourite British actors and I think he played the role to the bone. If there was ever a person who I could’ve seen taking over from William Hartnell, besides Patrick Troughton, it was Cushing. But he made the left turn and kept doing the Horror movies.”
I won’t repeat much more from the interview here, suffice to say that he shows great knowledge and insight about the show. Lamenting the fact that Peter Davison suffered for having to fill Tom Baker’s very big shoes and that poor old Colin Baker “freaked me the **** out”, comparing his early run as being dark and similar in that way to Peter Capaldi’s first season.
One other quote I’ll give you before leaving, is Taylor’s thoughts on why doesn’t like the Sonic Sunglasses:
“Maybe it’s because I’m such a cynical ***** of a fan, I’m so used to seeing the Sonic Screwdriver. We sci-fi fans can’t embrace anything new, we have a very hard time with that.”
So, there you have it! Not only is Corey Taylor one of the great heavy metal vocalists of our times, but he’s ONE OF US. A sci fi fan to his metal core who likes to dress up and play at being the Doctor!
Oh, and before I forget… RRRAAAAAWWWWRRRRRRRRRRR!