BBC News featured an article yesterday about veteran Doctor Who actor John Scott Martin, one of the troupe of four actors who played Daleks throughout the run of the original series... who has offered to step into the costume again for the 2005 Doctor Who series. The article says Martin would be happy to reprise the role if asked. "I really enjoyed doing it before," he told BBC News Online. "I would happily run around as a Dalek again." Martin and his fellow actors were required to "squeeze into a wooden or metal costume, then scuttle around to simulate the Dalek gliding on three caster wheels," and the heat of the costume meant that inside the Dalek's terrifying shell "you would find the actor dressed in only a T-shirt and swimming trunks." "It could be difficult at times and I'm not as fit as I used to be, but I'm sure I could do it again," Scott Martin told BBC News. According to a BBC spokeswoman, there has been no decision made on whether the Daleks would be automated or operated by actors in the forthcoming new series. The Registerand the Telegraph also have the story.
Meanwhile, Outpost Gallifrey has learned that John Scott Martin will appear on Wednesday morning's GMTV program at 6:50am and "some time after 8am". (Thanks to Gavin Collinson, Paul Engelberg, Steve Tribe)