Frazer travels to the one place the TARDIS couldn't take him

Former Doctor Who and Emmerdale favourite Frazer Hines stars in new comedy play Seriously Dead which comes to Motherwell Theatre on Saturday.

Frazer Hines with co-star Crissy Rock
Frazer Hines with co-star Crissy Rock

Frazer appears as small time crook Albert Blunderstone who decides to track down some missing loot when he comes home from Spain to attend a family funeral.

This brings him into conflict with a cafe owner, an undertaker and even a disgruntled ghost as a chain of events are set in motion that lead towards the ‘pearly gates’.

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Frazer first appeared on television as a teenager, but is far happier on the stage nowadays and as the first actor to play Albert Blunderstone welcomed the opportunity to make the character his own.

He said: “I got burned out doing TV, particularly on Emmerdale where you were handed a new script every day. Nowadays learning one script and taking it around the country suits me much better.

“I’ve known Leah Bell, who co-wrote and also appears in the show, for years, so when she told me about this new play I jumped at the chance.

“Albert is bit of a loveable rogue so some might think there’s no acting required, and having done an Agatha Christie recently it is nice to breathe life into a brand new character.”

Frazer gets to sing in the show, which reminded him of his attempt to become a pop star.

He said: “Being on tour with the show is a bit like being a rock star, but sadly my own music ambitions didn’t exactly work out.

“Back in the 1960s I did a record called ‘Who’s Doctor Who?’, Barry Mason and Les Reed had huge success with the likes of Delilah and Last Waltz, but I was their only flop.

“On the positive side I saw a copy sell on eBay recently for £400 and I have two in the house, so if I ever get an unexpected bill I know what to do.”

Frazer is no stranger to Lanarkshire having filmed an episode of Outlander in Cumbernauld.

He said: “Apparently the author of the books Diana Gabaldon was inspired by my final appearance as Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who to create her own Highland hero.

“When it came to the TV series I was delighted they asked me to be in it and I was able to visit the wonderful studios in Cumbernauld.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £21 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visiting www.culturenl.co.uk.