Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ynysybwl youngster stars in new Doctor Who adventure

YNYSYBWL youngster Sam Davies has been helping Doctor Who’s battle to save the world.
The 13-year-old spent six weeks with Time Lord Matt Smith filming the two-part story which started on Saturday, May 22 and also stars Meera Syal and Welsh actor Robert Pugh.
It was also a chance for Sam’s grandfather and chaperone Colin Evans to take a trip back in time – as several of the scenes were shot in Ynysybwl, where the 65-year-old was brought up.
“I had great fun filming, particularly the scenes I filmed with just me and the new Doctor,” said Sam, who now lives in Swansea.
“Matt Smith was really friendly. I can’t give much away about the story, but I’m really looking forward to seeing how the episodes look on screen.”
The teenager appears in episodes eight and nine of the new series and featured in a trailer for the show which was aired on BBC One Wales.
The story is set in the year 2015, when the Doctor, his assistant Amy and her fiance Rory arrive in a tiny mining village.
Sam said he was already a huge fan of the hit TV show.
“I was quite into the show and watched all the other series,” he said. “When I heard I got the part it was amazing, because I’ve watched and really wanted to be in it.
“I got on really well with Matt Smith. He wasn’t moody, he was just really funny.
“Only my close friends knew about it and the rest will find out in the end.”
The young actor is no stranger to the small screen, having played a lead role in BBC drama Framed alongside Trevor Eve and Eve Myles.
His parents Luan and Huw Davies run the Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in Swansea.
Mum Luan said: “Sam’s having some wonderful experiences and is learning a great deal from some highly talented people.”