Paul Darrow and Steven Pacey panel
Paul introduced Steven as the non-show Glynis Barber; Steven played up to it with a falsetto and mince. They started by auctioning the coffee club sessions, Paul warning us that Michael Keating's table manners were appalling (totally untrue).
Paul was in a beige suit and cream shoes of which he seemed inordinately proud, showing them off to us at intervals throughout the session and asking us if we liked them; he seemed hurt at the lack of appreciation for them.
Steven and Blake's 7: Steven didn't remember much about it but loved working with Colin Baker who was a "very funny man". Someone asked if he'd watched any episodes yet and he said he was waiting for the DVDs to come out. He looked disconcerted when everyone yelled that they were and said he'd been busy doing things—like having lunch. On his first day on Blake's 7, he was at home, thinking it was the next day. He rang up and asked when they wanted him, and they said he should be there already. They had to use a stage manager in a curly wig in long shot for Tarrant, and Paul said solemnly, "He was very good."
Paul Darrow was asked what it was like to stand between Hercules' legs (in a game show I've never seen). Paul explained that the show featured a 30-foot nude gold statue of Hercules, at which Steven said, "Ah, it was like wearing drop earrings, then!" Paul said that at one stage someone put a condom on Hercules as a joke. He had no idea what they'd do with the statue if the show wasn't renewed—perhaps Elton John would buy it?
Paul as Samuel Vimes: He said that the character was a drunk, and when Gareth saw the play, he'd said, "Why didn't I get that part? I wouldn't have had to act!"
Stephen loved playing Tony Blair; the script was brilliant, and it was the most fun he'd ever had on TV. What would he do if he were Tony Blair? He'd leave the soldiers where they were, though they shouldn't have been there in the first place. George Bush, he added, had trouble with the French because 'they have no word for entrepreneur'. While Steven told us about rehearsals for his new play, Paul slumped in his chair and feigned sleep. Steven prefers theatre to TV as more time is taken over the scripts.
Did anyone in Blake's 7 had problems with staying in character off set? Steven pointed at Paul, grinning. Paul told us about when he had to go through a door like Starsky and Hutch and kicked it open and broke his ankle. He reminded Steven about breaking Deep Roy's collarbone, and Steven said darkly but jokingly, "He had it coming."
A child asked Paul what happened after the last shot. Paul said Servalan rushes on, crying, "No, don't shoot him, I love him!" and they get married. Everyone laughed; he said that a lady once bought him and Michael for breakfast at a con for $1000, and Michael said that for that amount she could have had more.
Ultimate movie roles? Paul said, "Ace Ventura!" Steven plumped for James Bond, which reminded Paul that Roger Moore was frightened of guns so "all the bangs were put in afterwards".