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By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Cardiff - HRH The Prince of Wales has been offered a part in the BBC’s science-fiction drama series, Doctor Who, after impressing showrunner Steven Moffat.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were in Cardiff – on day three of their summer tour of Wales – and were at the BBC’s Roath Lock complex, on a pre-arranged official royal visit to Doctor Who studios, which had been organised as part of the show’s year-long 50th anniversary.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall were first greeted in Cardiff Bay by BBC Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies, before being given a tour of the Doctor Who studios.
During the visit, Charles and Camilla chatted with Doctor Who’s current lead actors, Matt Smith (the Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara) and head writer, Steven Moffat.
Smith had returned to the UK from the US, where he’s been filming How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling.
They walked onto the Doctor Who’s famous TARDIS set and came face to face with a number of the Doctor’s foes, including the Cybermen, the Ood, Weeping Angels and the Daleks, who, having first appeared on TV screens in December 1963, are also celebrating their golden anniversary this year.
The voice of the Daleks – Nicholas Briggs – demonstrated to the royal couple how he achieved their iconic grating sound, with the help of what’s known as a voice ring modulator. Charles then had a go himself, speaking their most well-known incantation: “Exterminate!”
On witnessing his performance, Moffat told BBC News, “I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great. There would be a part in the show for him if he wanted it.”
Smith, meanwhile, confided to the Independent that Prince Charles “has been a secret fan of the [Doctor Who] since he was 15”.
HRH The Doctor
Last month, Smith – who has played the Eleventh Doctor for the past four years – announced his intention to step down at the end of 2013. The 30-year-old actor is expected to film his final Doctor Who episode – this year’s Christmas special – around September.
Meanwhile, the person who will play the Doctor’s twelfth incarnation is currently being sort by the BBC, with an announcement now expected shortly before filming of the Christmas special commences.
As reported earlier by the Independent, Prince Charles took a hand at being the Doctor – “piloting” the TARDIS console and wielding the Time Lord’s sonic screwdriver – which led one fan to suggest, somewhat whimsically, that one-day-to-be British sovereign could be considered for the role of the Twelfth Doctor, especially given that he’s unlikely to become King for a while yet. “After all, although he's heir to the British throne, there’s little sign that his mother, the Queen (unlike the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands or Belgium’s King Albert II) is about to relinquish her throne anytime soon,” the fan posted on the popular Doctor Who forum Gallifrey Base.
Doctor Who returns to TV screens on Saturday, 23 November, with the Moffat-penned 50th-anniversary special. Over the Christmas holidays, the Christmas special, also penned by Moffat, will see the Eleventh Doctor regenerate into the Twelfth.
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