Doctor Who star Ian McNeice does signing

Ian McNeice with staff at Kuni's Coffee and Comics
Ian McNeice with staff at Kuni's Coffee and Comics
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A star of the science fiction series Doctor Who visited a cafe in Daventry to carry out a signing session.

Ian McNeice, who appeared as wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in four episodes of the show, did the signing at Kuni’s Coffee and Comics in Bowen Square on Thursday last week.

Speaking about the store, he said: “It looks amazing, it is so bright and fantastic. Orange can be too much for some people but it really works here!

“I think what has been created here is great.”

Ian is also grateful to have worked on a show that has helped take him around the world. He said: “I do a lot of signings in various parts of the world. I’ve been to Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and Australia with conventions.

“I expected only to be in Doctor Who for one episode but then I kept being asked to come back, which was absolutely lovely.

“The first one I did, it was only Matt Smith’s second story that he shot so he was still getting used to playing the part but both him and Karen (Gillan) were both very warm and generous to all of us on set.

“I have played a lot of Nazis in my career so it was nice to play the other side of the coin when I was Churchill.”

He has also worked on a number of films and picked out a few highlights from his career on the big screen.

Ian added: “My favourite part was on a film called Conspiracy where I appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh, it was an excellent piece of work.

“I was also pleased to have been in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and White Noise alongside Michael Keaton.

“One of the nicest moments on film was working on Valkyrie, I had a very small part in the film and Tom Cruise was in it and started talking to my career. I still don’t know whether he had seen my work or whether an assistant had told him to mention it but I thought it was a lovely gesture and made me feel very special that he took the time out to know about me.”

He also confirmed that he will be filming a new series of the ITV drama series Doc Martin.