LISTEN up – TV’s most popular Time Lord has a new star in the show. And he’s from Reading.
Remi Gooding, a Year 7 pupil who is about to start at Maiden Erlegh School, will be seen assisting Doctor Who in a new adventure which will be screened on Saturday, September 13.
The plot of the episode, Listen, is a closely guarded secret but sees the Doctor alone in his spaceship – what scares the ‘grand old man’ of Time and Space?
Although Remi’s role is a mystery, the episode features ghosts of the past and future including a terrified caretaker in a children’s home and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army.
Remi was cast after a series of auditions, not long after Peter Capaldi had filmed his first scenes as the Time Lord.
“I screamed when I heard I’d got the part,” he said. “I was so happy.”
To film the role, Remi was in the BBC studios in Cardiff and – as his Mum, Sedge, explained – he was treated like royalty.
“It was amazing,” she said. “He was given absolutely outstanding treatment. He had his own trailer and he was even driven to the set to avoid the groupies!”
Being on the set was an experience Remi will treasure.
“I did see the Tardis,” he said – but remained tight lipped about whether the Daleks turned up.
He did act alongside Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.
“I really enjoyed working with them,” he said.
The talented youngster has the acting bug. Along with his brother Emile, he will also be appearing in a major West End show this autumn.
“I definitely want to carry on acting,” he said.
For now though, he’s looking forward to September 13 and the world can see his work.
“I’ll have a big party and invite most of my friends to watch,” he says proudly.
Remi is definitely one to watch.
Doctor Who: Listen will be shown on BBC1 on Saturday, September 13.