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Real Time | Interviews | Yee Jee Tso
History of Who
Yee Jee Tso Picture Could you tell us how you initially became involved with Doctor Who and how you became involved with this project?

Thatís a long story.

We had an open casting call for the Doctor Who TV movie with Paul McGann. They were filming it in Vancouver which is where Iíve been a professional actor for nine years now. Then they did the call-backs, [and] it was between two or three of us.

It just so happened that something terrible had happened and I was late for the audition by about an hour and a half. I found out later from [producer] Philip Segal that thatís precisely why they hired me. They wanted the Chang Lee character to have this ĎI donít careí kind of attitude, and I guess me showing up really late for this huge casting call was the ĎI donít careí attitude they wanted.

[Director] Geoffrey Sax had mentioned to me something about how I was going to have these repercussions happen to me and that I might be doing conventions and stuff. Eventually that did end up happening to me. I hooked up with different conventions here and there and ended up doing the circuit [in North America], and then everything died down for a while.

Then I went on a Doctor Who sea cruise a couple of months ago, and hooked up with [independent producer] Keith Barnfather from England, so came over here to do a UK tour. I knew Gary Russell from him writing a book about the TV Movie. We saw each other and he just said, "Hey, letís do this thing" and we did. Itís like a long circuitous [route].

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