Ashley Walters says he's scared of even mentioning his role in Doctor Who after getting in trouble with the show's producers on his first day. The rapper-turned-actor has just finished filming with Doctor Who star Matt Smith in Cardiff on an episode of the hit BBC1 show which will screen next year. Ashley revealed: "I'm sworn to secrecy - I don't want to be killed by the Doctor Who police! "I can't tell you anything about Doctor Who. I wasn't even allowed to tweet pictures (opens in new tab) or anything, I was really upset about that. "I did tweet one picture in my trailer and I got in huge trouble with the producers on my first day so I'm not saying anything any more about it. But it was amazing working with Matt Smith for a few weeks." Meanwhile, Ashley, 30, is making a return to music with new single Your Love, featuring Alesha Dixon, coming out next month. And he has also been working as a director on a new TV pilot, which he is currently pitching to channels, but also plans to release as a short film. Ashley, who starred in BBC show Hustle in 2007, said: "It's called The Charlatans. In a nutshell it's a mixture between Entourage and Hustle. Everyone was sad with the loss of Hustle. I know I was, I used to love it. "So we've done a similar concept, but with a group of kids who go out and do a different con every episode, it's a really nice piece, really funny comedy, drama. It's good."
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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