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Hyperdrive: Dream Infiltration

From Season 2 Episode 5 ‘Dreamgate’ BBC2, 2007

Many years before Hyperdrive sprang into being, I showed writer Andy Riley some of the stories I wrote as a kid, many of them revolving around me as a futuristic space hero. Whether any of that was lingering in his subconscious when he and Kevin Cecil dreamt up Captain Helix I don’t know, but I do know it was a great part and that I was very lucky to get it. Partly because I would be playing a futuristic space hero with his own robot and a beautiful female companion. Partly because I was encouraged to overact as badly as I liked. But mainly because I got to be a regular, recurring character without having to do more than a couple of days’ filming at the end of the run. Utterly convinced the show would be a massive hit, I wasn’t surprised when the show got good reviews. But in the real world it didn’t go down too well with either sci-fi fans or comedy fans, particularly fans of both. Shame because the second series is brilliant. And because it shows what a crap judge of the public mood I am. This clip is from my favourite episode, Dreamgate, in which the crew acquire a device which allows them to enter each other’s dreams. P.S. I was supposed to be a bad actor in this so don’t get any funny ideas.

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