4 May 2006
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S CYBERMEN
Only Fools star based evil Dr Who character on Bush's defence chief
ONLY Fools and Horses star Roger Lloyd-Pack based his evil genius role in Doctor Who on US defence chief Donald Rumsfeld.
The actor best known as Del Boy's friend Trigger in the BBC sitcom plays power-crazy John Lumic - creator of robot monsters the Cybermen.
Roger, 62, said: "I thought, 'Who is a power-hungry mad person who believes he is completely right and has a lot of control?' Donald Rumsfeld came to mind. He's as bad a man as I see around now."
Lumic battles the Doctor and Rose, played by David Tennant and Billie Piper, as they try to stop his plan to turn the inhabitants of an alternative Earth into robot killers.
The two-episode story - Rise of the Cybermen and The Age of Steel, on May 13 and May 20 - is the most eagerly awaited of the current series.
Roger, who watched Doctor Who in the 60s when it began with William Hartnell starring, added: "The Cybermen were kind of scary back then but not as scary as this lot. Lumic is unpleasant and a lot of fun to play."
Lumic uses a wheelchair - a stroke of luck as Roger broke his ankle just before filming.
His character controls people through his Cybus Industries earpods, and Roger thinks the story warns how big corporations could run the world.
He said: "Everything will be controlled by very few businesses.
"But I don't think we can prevent that happening. It's a bit like the march of the Cybermen."
Roger added he doubted Only Fools and Horses would ever return but he admitted it would be "hard to resist" playing Trigger again.
Rumsfeld is not the only famous face to have inspired a Dr Who character.
Writer Russell T Davis based the villain Lady Cassandra - a thin piece of skin with a brain - on film star Nicole Kidman.
Russell revealed the idea came as he watched her at the Oscars. He said: "It was horrific seeing those beautiful women reduced to sticks. Nicole Kidman struck me in particular."
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'Who is a power-hungry, mad person who believes he is completely right. Donald Rumsfeld came to mind..'
- ROGER LLOYD PACK