Lenny Rush: "I've never played a character like Morris before"

The latest addition to the Whoniverse talks to Doctor Who Magazine about brushing up on all things Who to prepare for the role of UNIT Scientific Advisor Morris Gibbons...

Doctor Who fans were introduced to a few new faces at UNIT HQ this week in The Legend of Ruby Sunday - including Morris Gibbons, Scientific Advisor and 13 year-old genius, played by Lenny Rush.

Speaking in the latest Doctor Who Magazine, Lenny shares his experience working on set and preparing for the role in the best way - watching lots of Doctor Who! Read an excerpt of the interview from issue 605 below...

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is on sale as of Thursday 20th June. It is available to order as a subscription, either physical or digital, here.

Lenny Rush DWM

Lenny Rush on playing UNIT Scientific Advisor Morris Gibbons:

“I don’t think you can get cooler than this. I’ve never played a character like Morris before. I’m really enjoying the sci-fi. And I’m a big fan of comedy, and there are a few funny lines that Russell has put in for me. I do a lot of improv, but not on this or they’d kill me. I’m just so happy to be part of it. Very, very happy. I mean, even if you haven’t watched Doctor Who, everyone knows what it is.

“I started watching it as soon as I was cast. It’s really good. I started from Russell’s revival [the 2005 season] – so Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor – so hopefully I’ll have caught up by the time this goes out. I’m okay watching myself. I just don’t like my voice. My voice gets on my nerves! But I’ve got to watch it. It’s Doctor Who.”

DWM 605

Inside this issue:

  • Previews of the thrilling season finale, Empire of Death, and the new Tales of the TARDIS episode, Pyramids of Mars – a new presentation of a seventies classic!
  • The Changing Face of Susan Twist – as the mystery behind her character is resolved, she reflects on her role in the latest season…
  • The men from UNIT – Lenny Rush (aka new scientific adviser Morris Gibbons) and Alexander Devrient (Colonel Ibrahim) share their experiences of working on the season finale.
  • Indira Varma on playing the Duchess of Pemberton and a bird-like alien Chuldur.
  • Access All Areas: Rogue. Join the cast and crew on a night shoot in south Wales, including more from Jonathan Groff about playing the eponymous bounty hunter.
  • Access All Areas: 73 Yards. Join Millie Gibson on location and get up-close to the mysterious woman who stalked Ruby over the decades.
  • Strictly confidential! Shirley Ballas and Johannes Radebe share their delight in being invited to dance in The Devil’s Chord.
  • Bang on Target! The authors of the new novelisations discuss how they adapted some of the latest episodes for print.
  • Russell T Davies on watching (or trying to watch!) recent episode Boom with his family.
  • Meet the crew – an interview with one of the tireless creatives working behind the scenes.
  • Loose Ends travels to ancient Egypt and imagines scenes that happened off screen.
  • The Fact of Fiction – a scene-by-scene look back at Eleventh Doctor story Vincent and the Doctor.
  • The latest installment of our comic strip featuring the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby.


  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest news, including details of a wide range of books soon to hit the shelves!
  • Reviewed: all the latest audio releases.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Win Blu-rays, books and audio releases!

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) is on sale as of Thursday 20th June. It is available to order as a subscription, either physical or digital, here.

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