With the Fisher King seen towering over the Doctor in the trailer for Before The Flood, you might be forgiven for wondering as to the source of his unearthly roar. Amazingly it comes from the mouth of a mortal man.......
And that man is Corey Taylor of Slipknot! As producer Derek Ritchie told the BBC's Newsbeat:
"We needed an awesome roar for the Fisher King. We asked Corey if he might like to do the honours. He was completely up for it."And so he put his well-honed lungs into the role of the newest monster off the Doctor Who production line following a set visit in Cardiff after Slipknot's gig in that particular corner of Wales in January. A night out that, according to Taylor, was enjoyed by a number of the Doctor Who crew.
"We were playing in Cardiff last year, and were not only invited to the Who Experience, but the studios at BBC Wales.
I GOT TO GO IN THE TARDIS!! I touched EVERYTHING, ha ha ha!
The producers, directors and crew all came down to our show that night as well – they told me they had a good time!"
In a sense, though, Taylor is of course used to letting his voice quite literally do the talking - he often appears masked alongside his bandmates.
Back to producer Derek Ritchie,
"[Taylor] has one of the most well-known screams in the history of music. We now have the most incredible roar for our incredible monster! He now sounds as terrifying as he looks!"It will take three men to make this terrifying monster, with Taylor sharing vocal duties with actor Peter Serafinowicz who will be supplying the speaking voice of the creature. And to round of the portrayal, Britain's tallest man Neil Fingleton is under that Predator-ish visage...........
And though the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace is not perhaps the greatest film of the six-strong series, you would have heard Serafinowicz voicing the Sith Lord Darth Maul, had you endured it, with martial artist Ray Park supplying the body.
Not that Peter rates it that highly. Speaking to Digital Spy, he admitted,
"I was very disappointed when the film actually came out, because I didn't think it was very good. [Though it was still] an extremely exciting thing to be a part of."His show on BBC 6 Music would later feature a surprising cameo from no less than the Daleks as part of a Dalek Relaxation Tape!
As for the third element of the terrifying Fisher King, Neil Fingleton and his imposing presence has turned up in X-Men: First Class, 47 Ronin, Jupiter Ascending and even in Game of Thrones, where he played Mag the Mighty...
Peter Capaldi has been full of praise for the character of the Fisher King, speaking to the Daily Mirror he said,
"In this episode we get to meet the evil creature that is behind the wicked goings-on that have been happening. It's a terrifying and wonderful new creation that is a formidable enemy for the Doctor. The challenge of defeating this creature is immense."Will he opt to don a Slipknot-esque mask in a complete about-turn from last week's nod to Mysterious Girl?