"He married Freema which I didn’t mind; it was a good character arc. A lot of Mickey happened by accident. I came in and played him quite badly in season one. We didn’t know what Doctor Who was going to be – it was a kid’s show, right? So there’s me, doing the big eyes, grinning like an idiot. It’s partly my fault, I didn’t rehearse, but I wasn’t really told about the tone of the show either.
Season two, Russell T Davies started writing the character more towards me, because he knew me, and Mickey became a little bit darker. By season three, Kidulthood had been out, so I had the stubble and low-cut hair. And then in my last episode I’ve got a huge beard because I was in the middle of filming Neil Marshall’s Centurion. So mostly by coincidence, Mickey has this arc from nerdy guy to bearded freedom fighter. I thought that was cool.”
- Noel Clarke, May 10
(Source: formerlyflapperorslapper, via fuckyeahdoctorwho)