Boyzone singer makes Doctor Who debut on BBC 7 and records first solo song for five years
Stephen Gately, who found fame as one fifth of pop phenomenon Boyzone, enters
the world of Doctor Who for a new radio series on BBC 7 early in 2007.
making a name for himself as an actor in television, film and on stage, Stephen
plays Tommy Tomorrow, a youthful glam rock hopeful in Doctor Who: Horror of
Stephen has even recorded a special song for the story, his first solo
track since Stay in 2001.
A horror and sci-fi aficionado, Stephen leapt at the chance to work on BBC 7's
new series of Doctor Who.
"I said yes immediately," recalls Stephen, "because
I wanted to do it - plus, if I didn't, my other half would kill me! He's such a
big Doctor Who fan."
So what's his character like in the story?
"Tommy," explains Stephen, "is a
musician who doesn't really gel with many people. He's very inward-looking and
writes his songs using a Stylophone. Then suddenly he starts getting messages
from beyond planet Earth."
Stephen recorded a brand new song for the story - Children of Tomorrow - with
music by Tim Sutton and lyrics by Barnaby Edwards, who also directs the story.
"I'm so chuffed that I get to sing a song in Doctor Who," admits Stephen.
made it even better! And it's a good T Rex style glam rock song that's quite
Director Barnaby Edwards says: "Stephen's vocals on Children of Tomorrow are breathtaking.
"He's a great singer, as everyone knows, and his range is just
fantastic but I've never heard him sing as powerfully as he does on this song.
"He pulled out all the stops for us and the results are superb.
delighted when he accepted the role," he continues.
"Stephen's got that rare
blend of charm and talent. He turns in an excellent performance and was a joy
to have in the studio."
Once Boyzone disbanded, Stephen moved on to pursue a successful solo career as
both an actor and recording artist.
In 1999 he provided the voice for
Blackavar in the animated TV series of Watership Down and in 2003 he opened a
revamped Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End, playing
the title role.
He then took over the role of the Child Catcher in
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2004-05) to great critical acclaim.
recently completed filming a horror movie called Credo, due for release in
For Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock, Stephen is joined by an impressive company
In addition to Paul McGann as the Doctor and Sheridan Smith (Two
Pints of Lager, Grown Ups) as his companion Lucie Miller, the cast also
includes Clare Buckfield (2 Point 4 Children), legendary comic actor Bernard
Cribbins and the inimitable Una Stubbs.
Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock, BBC 7, Sunday 14 January 2007, 6.00pm
Notes to Editors
Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock will be released on CD in March 2007.