John Bishop has revealed how a quite obvious slip-up about his Doctor Who character earlier this year angered BBC bosses.
The actor is currently gearing up to start his role as the new companion, Dan, in the upcoming series 13 of the sci-fi drama.
But as a newcomer to the elaborate world of Doctor Who and the many secrets its stars must keep in order to avoid spoilers, John made his first faux-pas earlier this year, and it was all about his Scouse accent.
He opened up with BBC Breakfast on Monday about how his bosses were not happy with him.
Appearing on the programme to promote his stand-up show, John told Dan Walker and Louise Minchin: ‘One thing that I have been doing which is Doctor Who, I haven’t been able to tell anyone.’
‘So what can you tell us then?’ prodded him Louise.
‘Not a lot. I have got told off,’ the star joked, recalling his blunder.
‘The BBC have this kind of thing because [Doctor Who], it’s a storyline.
‘I have got told off on one aspect because I did a Zoom talk with some actors students in Liverpool and they were saying, “Can tell us anything about the character?”
‘And I said, “Well there is not… I don’t know what do you want to know”. They said, “Well is he from Liverpool?” and I said, “Yes.”
‘And then it got onto some Whovian website that oh the character is from Liverpool,’ continued John before adding that the heads at the BBC quickly became aware of the detail he revealed about his new character.
‘The BBC press office phoned me up and were like “Shouldn’t have done that. You’ve given a secret away.” And I said, “How good an actor do you think I am?”
‘I didn’t give anything away. Nobody was expecting anything else,’ he joked as his thick Liverpudlian accent would be very hard to hide in any role.
‘Did they expect you to be from Scotland or something?’ chimed in Louise.
‘Yeah exactly,’ continued John. ‘I wasn’t going to come in and be from the Bronx, was I? It’s going to be me in Doctor Who.’
John joining the cast comes after Bradley Walsh (Graham) and Tosin Cole (Ryan) left the show. Mandip Gill will continue to play Yaz.
Jodie Whittaker’s time as The Doctor will be coming to an end next year, as it was announced that she will be leaving the show after four specials set for autumn 2022.
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