Edmund Pegge on being in Dr Who

  • From the warm and witty Edmund Pegge we have a few thoughts on being a small part of the Dr Who phenomenon:

     

    On being interviewed at a Dr Who convention in Adelaide the following conversation occurred:
    Int: How did you approach your part?
    Ed: Probably learnt my lines and hit my marks. It was a long time ago.
    Int: What did you think of being in Dr Who at the time?
    Ed: Nothing. It was just another job.
    Int: How did being in Dr Who affect your career?
    Ed: It didn’t until now.

    Edmund Pegge as Meeker in Dr Who

    Edmund Pegge as Meeker in Dr Who

    The gathering were slightly astonished at how casual and perhaps irreverent I was being in what is now seen as iconic television. At the time Dr Who was just a popular series with a widening fan base. In retrospect there is a strong case for saying that Tom Baker and Louise Jameson were the most convincing Doctor and offsider. Baker was highly intelligent and had an intellectual charisma.
    The episode in which I played Meeker in ‘The Invisible Enemy’ had a notable first appearance – K9 the robot dog. This was most gratifying as we all earned heaps of overtime as K9 kept breaking down. What is more, I was pleased to hear that he was voiced by John Leeson, an actor friend of mine whom I last saw at a Dr Who convention in London.
    That was my first experience of a convention. There was only myself, John and another actor, the other eight were technicians and a tea lady from those days. In other words, anyone vaguely connected was invited along. I signed dozens of DVD covers and posters and all insisted on a photo with me. I was their star buddy in a flash. It took a lot less than 15 minutes!

    To read more about Ed’s adventures as a working actor, have a look at his hilarious and astonishing memoir, Forever Horatio, available here.

    Forever Horatio by Edmund Pegge

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