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Polruan actor to face the Cybermen after landing starring role in Doctor Who

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: May 01, 2013

  • EXCITING TIMES: Calvin Dean is delighted to have landed a role in Doctor Who.

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A CORNISH actor will take his place within the long, star studded history of one of science fiction's greatest creations later this month when he swaps the seagulls of the South West for the Cybermen of deep space.

Originally from Polruan, Calvin Dean, has landed a starring role in the upcoming episode of Doctor Who – Nightmare In Silver.

In the episode, set against the backdrop of 'Hedgewick's World of Wonders', once the galaxy's greatest theme park, now a dilapidated, ramshackle remnant of its former self, Calvin plays Ha-Ha, an integral part of a dysfunctional army platoon tasked with defending the planet.

Which could prove some task, as one of sci-fi's most recognisable baddies makes a welcome return – the Cybermen are back.

Despite sporting an impressive CV, which includes appearing alongside Keira Knightley in The Duchess and taking the starring role in the Warner Brothers' movie, Tormented, Calvin is delighted to now be part of such a legendary show.

"It's a great feeling," he said: "I didn't realise until I started filming how iconic it really is.

"'Whovians' as the fans are known are so loyal.

"They know everything about the show and that takes some doing with nearly 50 years' worth of episodes. It's also a great privilege to be involved in the 50th anniversary year."

Calvin learnt that he'd landed the part in the show while feeding his cat at home in his North London flat.

"My phone rang at 3pm and it was my agent. The first words she said were, "can you get to Cardiff by 7.30pm? You've got Doctor Who and they want you at the read-through'. Within a few hours I was sitting in the studios with all the cast and crew."

Having worked with Matt Smith, who plays the Doctor, ten years earlier at the National Youth Theatre, Calvin says his initial nerves at that read-through were eased, but that when shooting a scene near Cardiff with the newly designed Cybermen he couldn't quite contain his inner-child.

"All the technicalities of working on a TV set went out of the window and I became a little boy again," he added. "All I could think was, 'Wow ... it's the Cybermen'!"

Although Calvin has been spending his recent time battling the forces of darkness on a distant planet with a time-traveller by his side, his parents still live in Polruan, and it's a place he continues to hold dear to his heart.

Calvin said: "I have great memories of Polruan and I don't get back as much as I would like. If it wasn't for being in Polruan Theatre Club as a child and teenager I probably wouldn't be doing what I do now, so I'm very grateful.

"It just goes to show that if you love something as much as I did, it doesn't matter where you live for you to pursue that interest as a career."

The former Fowey Community College pupil considers himself lucky to have had the breaks and opportunities he's enjoyed so far and is currently working on taking his career to America.

His debut appearance among the stars in Doctor Who will be shown on BBC One on May 11, yet, despite the continued rise of his own star, acting wasn't always the first choice for Calvin.

"I also really wanted to be a dustman," he said.

"At least I have that to fall back on if the acting work dries up."

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