Peter Kay snub: Why stand-up legend dubbed BBC Doctor Who appearance ‘real regret’

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Peter Kay was reported to be working on a new series of ‘Phoenix Nights’ late last year before the coronavirus pandemic started to take hold. The news delighted fans who have eagerly awaited his reappearance since he announced a hiatus in 2017. The comedian made a brief appearance on the BBC fundraiser ‘The Big Night In’ but now it’s not known when the star next plans to step into the spotlight. The Bolton-born comic first rose through the ranks on the stand-up circuit before having stints in TV that culminated in him co-writing a series including ‘Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere’. He has also featured in the ITV soap ‘Coronation Street’ and even made an appearance in ‘Doctor Who’. But after making a break into the science fiction world, the comedian was reported to be unhappy with his character and also that the episode was widely panned by fans.

Peter Kay broke into the industry after being crowned ‘North West Comedian of the Year’ during his second-ever stand-up performance in 1996. 

From there his career skyrocketed, leading him to fill stadiums across the nation and for tour date tickets to sell out at a rapid rate.

Away from comedy, he was cast as ‘Victor Kennedy/The Abzorbaloff’ in the 2006 ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘Love & Monsters’. 

He played a vicious alien in disguise who tried to absorb the knowledge and physical body of The Doctor, then portrayed by David Tennant. 

Peter rejected the first role of UFO spotter Elton, which was offered by screenwriter Russell T Davies because he felt it was too similar to his character on ‘Coronation Street’. 

He then landed the part of the villainous ‘Abzorbaloff’ – whose unsightly appearance was designed by a nine-year-old who had won a Blue Peter competition.

During an interview for BBC’s ‘Doctor Who Confidential’, which was broadcast in 2008, the comedian claimed to enjoy his time – in contradiction to what he later told the Daily Express.

He said: “It’s like a childish dream come true to be in ‘Doctor Who’ and to be an alien.”

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But in a later interview with Daily Express, decried it as the “one real regret in his career” and “rolled his eyes” while explaining why in 2011.

He said: “I loved making it but when I saw it, I thought, ‘Oh my God. I’m a big green lizard running around Cardiff? Is that it?’

“It’s nice to have been in Doctor Who but that is regarded by fans as the worst episode ever.

“In 10 years’ time, I’ll be able to do the Doctor Who conventions and charge people a tenner for a photo!”

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