Doctor Who’s deadliest foes The Daleks sparked very different reactions on set for the stars of the New Year’s Day special.
John Bishop was terrified of them even though he is a grown man.
But guest star and comedienne Aisling Bea couldn’t stop laughing at them.
The famous monsters will be back to battle The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in the new year special called Eve of the Daleks.
It will be the first time companion Dan Lewis (played by stand up comic Bishop) has faced them.
He used to hide behind the sofa as a child when he saw them on TV and admits the aliens still give him the creeps at the age of 55.
He said: “I have always wondered why they were so scary and it wasn’t until I was on set that I realised it’s that word “exterminate”.
“Any other word could have been used like “kill “ or “destroy” but when you hear “exterminate” resonate in the room, it’s still frightening.”
However guest star in the episode is Irish comedienne Aisling and she had a very different take on them.
She struggled to keep a straight face when the operators lost control of their Daleks and were banging into walls.
The star added: “It was like watching a toddler learn to walk. We almost lost our minds laughing.”
It comes weeks after the BBC sparked panic in Liverpool that it was the target of an alien invasion.
Bosses projected a large spacecraft in the night sky over the city in a stunt to promote the new series of the sci-fi series.
They chose Merseyside as that is where John hails from and where the opening episode was set.
However locals failed to grasp that it was a stunt on Wednesday night and thought the Sontaran spaceship – seen over George’s Pier Head – was a real UFO.
One frightened local said on social media: “Alert – mysterious flying object seen tonight over Liverpool docks!!”.
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The new series of Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker is her final outing as the Time Lord.
Former showrunner Russell T Davies is taking over the BBC sci fi series with a brand new actor playing The Doctor in time for its 60 anniversary in 2023.
Speaking about Whittaker recently, co-star Bishop said: " I know everyone knows it, but as everyone says, Jodie is phenomenal.”
"The way she carries this show – the amount of responsibility that she wears so lightly on her shoulders – is staggering. The run’s coming to an end soon and we were all talking earlier about how weird it will be not seeing each other every week.”
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