Christian actor on stage at Gorleston Pavilion
by Tony Mallion
2010: Actor Graham Cole, PC Tony Stamp from ITV 's The Bill, told a large audience at Gorleston Pavilion what it's like to a be a monster in Dr Who. He demonstrated the sound effects he had to make up on the spur of the moment to create the marshman.
Graham spent over 25 years in the long running police drama until the part was written out a year ago. Before that he'd appeared in Dr Who, Only Fools and Horses and the Kenny Everett show. The evening included a showing of a clip from the Kenny Everett Show. He also spent a number of years in repertory companies and in musicals and he described how he completely forgot his lines - and a song - when he was playing Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.
The evening was organised by Cliff Park Community Church and he told the audience of nearly 200 how he was brought up in a Christian home but made a commitment himself at a Billy Graham rally when he was a teenager. Since then his faith had been a vital part of his life and career, helping him to face issues like the loss of the role of PC Stamp.
The event was hosted by Christian entertainer Steve Legge who's warm up act included a number of magic tricks. Graham Cole continues with television and other work and remains popular with Dr Who fans. He is shortly to return to the area to take part in a Dr Who Convention in Norwich.
Picture shows Entertainer Steve Legg and actor Graham Cole on stage at Gorleston Pavilion