July 1st, 2008

My Work Here Is Done

The Doctor Who/Right Said Fred Connection

The British pop band Right Said Fred (known primarily, at least in the USA, for "I'm Too Sexy"), took their name from a 1962 novelty song named "Right Said Fred." That song, about a group of workmen struggling to move a large unspecified object (possibly a piano) was created by Bernard Cribbins. Cribbins has also appeared in a variety of roles as an actor (including an appearance on Fawlty Towers) over the last fifty years. His most recent job is playing Wilfred Mott (Donna Noble's grandfather) on Doctor Who. In the most recent episode, he attacks a dalek with a paint gun. This is not his first time facing daleks; Bernard Cribbins played a character named Tom Campbell in the 1966 film Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (in which Peter Cushing, the Grand Moff Tarkin, played The Doctor). This makes Bernard the longest serving supporting actor in the history of the Doctor Who franchise (Take that, Sarah Jane Smith! You didn't meet the Doctor until 1973!)

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