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Doctor Who: Anneke Wills would be ‘frightened’ to work on show now with Peter Capaldi

DOCTOR WHO actress Anneke Wills has revealed that she would find it scary to work on the show now with current Time Lord Peter Capaldi if she was asked to come back to the cult sci-fi classic.

PUBLISHED: 18:18, Sat, Nov 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:45, Sat, Nov 5, 2016
The 75-year-old star, who played the Doctor’s companion Polly between 1966 and 1967, said that she would “say yes” to a return but explained it would be “so frightening”.

Speaking at a screening of the newly released animated version of the Doctor Who adventure The Power of the Daleks, she said: “Of course I would say yes but I’m hoping I won’t be asked as that would be so frightening!”

She continued: “I talked to Peter Capaldi and we had this little chat and it was an experience meeting him. He asked if it was very pressured in those days and I said ‘yes, you know we’d start rehearsing on the Monday…’ and he said ‘what you rehearsed?!’ They don’t do that nowadays you see.

“So I think I’m very happy with the audio work thank you very much,” she added.

The English actress also had some words of encouragement for incoming Doctor Who assistant Pearl Mackie, who is set to be making her debut in the long-running series next year and will be picking up the reins from Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald.

“My advice is – enjoy it, it is the best job in the world. And who knows 50 years later she might still be talking about it!” Annette said.

The Power of The Daleks has been given a regeneration of its own after the original tapes were erased as part of the BBC’s policy of wiping programmes in the late 1960s.

Doctor Who star Anneke Wills played PollyGETTY

Doctor Who star Anneke Wills played Polly

Doctor Who star Anneke Wills with some DaleksWENN

Doctor Who star Anneke Wills with some Daleks

I talked to Peter Capaldi and we had this little chat and it was an experience meeting him

Doctor Who star Anneke Wills

The six-part serial featured the first-ever regeneration of a Time Lord as original Doctor William Hartnell transformed into Patrick Troughton’s second incarnation.

Along with the regeneration – or “renewal” as it was referred to back then – the exciting story saw the Doctor and assistants Polly and Ben (Michael Craze) battling with the Daleks on planet Vulcan.

However, as no copies now exist of the original series the BBC has turned Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks into an animation based on audio recordings.

A scene from Doctor Who: The Power of the DaleksBBC

A scene from Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

A scene from Doctor Who: The Power of the DaleksBBC

A scene from Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks

Anneke revealed that there was uncertainty at the time over whether audiences would accept a new Doctor but they did.

“In the animation you see how adorable he was, you couldn’t resist him. And they didn’t resist him. So luckily it was him and we’re all here talking about it,” she explained.

Reflecting on the cartoon version of The Power of the Daleks, Anneke said: “For me to see Polly and Ben animated is a treat because there’s so little of our work in existence. So we live on in animation form  – it’s great!”

The episode aired live on Twitter via Periscope at 5.50pm today, 50 years to the minute it was first broadcast on BBC One in 1966 and will be able to purchase.

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will be available to download from bbcstore.com/powerofthedaleks

The DVD will be released on Monday November 21.

See Amazon UK.

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