John Levene's Barmiest Commentary Moments

 

 

Some choice cuts from our beloved Sergeant Benton.

 

"This is The Time Monster and I'm very flattered to be John Levene who played Sergeant Benton."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"I stayed with Douglas's son last night, just before I came to the studio to do this, so it very romantically reflective to talk about Douglas to his own son."

(Inferno, episode 3)

 

"Oh, there's Ian Fairbairn, I thought he did beautifully here. He had run up and down the stairs a few times to get breathless - an old actor's trick."

(Inferno, episode 3)

 

"No, there's one of those cases where I actually hurt [Jon's] shoulder. And I hated hurting him."

(Inferno, episode 3)

 

"Jon always beguiled me as the Doctor. Even as Benton, he would draw me in."

(Inferno, episode 3)

 

"I don't know if [Derek Newark] had been in the movie, The Hill, before this. I cannot work out time as one is getting older now, but if it were before it, he regaled us with working with Sean Connery and Harry Andrews."

(Inferno, episode 5)

 

John Levene peeking through the door.

"There's me, peeking in the door, because I wanted to be involved in this scene. I like any scene where there are lots of people."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"It was Keith James who played Patterson, the chauffeur there and doesn't he look like a chauffeur? Perfect casting, yet again."

(Inferno, episode 5)

 

"Jon touching his neck. After he got cross with himself he was continually touching his mouth. And you'll see him touch his neck and maybe his ear, to replace his mouth touching."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"The crystal of Kronos, you obviously know it was just balanced there, and in this scene where Jon asks me to lift it, you'll see a real bit of acting where I had to make out I couldn't lift it. Let's just watch this for a moment..."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"Trademark of Jon, the velvet jacket. I nearly got one once, and goodness, I wish I had now, but I didn't."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"This is where I'm so proud of myself, being in the scene with Jon - looking at me - calling my name."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"Notice I wipe the sweat off on my uniform? That was my own invention, I thought that would look good."

(The Time Monster, episode 2)

 

"I felt like a real actor in this scene, because I had to stand up for myself and everything else. And my hair was shorter."

(The Time Monster, episode 4)

 

"Look at Jon, look at the elegance of the man... Tall, slim and... (deep sigh)"

(The Time Monster, episode 4)

 

"We're coming up to the scene where I turn into a baby. This is a slightly sad bit of narrative. The baby was played by Darren Plant and he died before his first birthday. But he's in a peaceful place now and he at least ended up in Doctor Who."

(The Time Monster, episode 4)

 

Steve O'Brien

 

 

John Levene's Barmiest Commentary Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Follow us on Twitter
Interview - Peter Davison
Find us on Facebook

 

Before Captain Jack… Classic Who's Lavender Mob
Q and A Gary Russell
Lovin' The Alien - The Doctor's Near Romances
Feel The Force. Geek gear here on sale here!

 

Follow us on Twitter
Interview - Peter Davison
Find us on Facebook

 

Before Captain Jack… Classic Who's Lavender Mob
Q and A Gary Russell
Lovin' The Alien - The Doctor's Near Romances
Feel The Force. Geek gear here on sale here!