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Hugh Bonneville's Doctor Who ban

Hugh Bonneville has revealed he is banned from watching Doctor Who in his house after his young son got scared by the Daleks.

The Downton Abbey actor guest stars in the third episode of the new Doctor Who series as pirate Captain John Avery, but won't be watching it with his family.

Hugh revealed: "Slightly sore topic. My nine-year-old got so freaked out about Bill Paterson's demise in the Daleks episode last year, he had some sleepless nights... so we've had a slight embargo on Doctor Who at our house, which was annoying for me because I'd got them all recorded and then I had to wipe them all!

"So I'm going to get the box set, and we'll watch them together leading up to this episode."

The 47-year-old actor joked his son would probably have preferred him to have a guest spot on his favourite cartoon.

He said: "It's funny, because he's used to me working but he's new to the whole Doctor Who thing, so to him it's just another job. Had I said I was going to be in Spongebob Squarepants, then he'd have been really thrilled."

But Hugh is a big Doctor Who fan

He said: " I was a Jon Pertwee boy. That music haunted my childhood, and always reminds me of being at my gran's on a Saturday afternoon, just after the football scores."

::Doctor Who: The Curse Of The Black Spot airs on BBC One on Saturday, May 7.

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