The popular BBC science fiction show Doctor Who has had its fair share of guest stars, but nobody could have anticipated a member of the heavy metal band Slipknot showing up on the whimsical series. But the lead singer of Slipknot, Corey Taylor, has confirmed that he’ll be lending his talents to Doctor Who in two upcoming episodes.
According to the Radio Times, Corey Taylor won’t be acting in Doctor Who but rather providing his signature death metal scream to a brand new Doctor Who villain called the Fisher King. Taylor has grown famous among metal fans for his monstrous, primal roars. You can hear a compilation of these guttural growls in the YouTube video below.
The creators of Doctor Who must have realized the potential of this beastly scream when brainstorming their newest sci-fi monster. Fans of Doctor Who first heard about Taylor’s contribution to the show after the singer tweeted the news. He claimed it’s been extremely difficult for him to contain his excitement about the opportunity.
— ‘Mad Beans’ Hooper (@CoreyTaylorRock) September 27, 2015
Taylor’s anticipation of the part isn’t surprising when you learn how he landed it.
According to the Telegraph, an insider close to Doctor Who explained that “[p]roduction got in touch with Slipknot because they heard Corey and the band love the show.”
Before Corey Taylor was offered the job of playing the Fisher King’s scream, he was given a tour of the Doctor Who set. You can see the Slipknot singer having the time of his life in the Twitter photo below.
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But who exactly is this new Doctor Who villain, and why does he need a heavy metal rock star to portray his menacing roar? According to Mashable, the Fisher King is described as a terrifying “alien warlord.” He’ll be the primary antagonist for the upcoming Doctor Who two-part plot line titled “Under the Lake” and “Before the Flood.” A glimpse of the character was shown in the latest Doctor Who season trailer, which you can see in the photo below (if you don’t mind having the horrifying costume spoiled for you).
Despite the similarities between that grisly outfit and the shocking masks that Slipknot members wear on stage, Corey Taylor won’t actually be inside the costume. In fact, he won’t even be speaking the Fisher King’s lines. That duty will go to sci-fi cult-favorite British actor Peter Serafinowicz, best known for nerd-friendly roles like Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Pete in Shaun of the Dead.
As if the creators of Doctor Who hadn’t already devoted enough credibility to the Fisher King character, the man inside the costume will be Britain’s tallest man, former basketball player Neil Fingleton, who stands at a staggering seven feet, seven inches.
He too has geek-culture street cred, having previously played a giant in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Meanwhile, new doctor Peter Capaldi earned a bit of credibility in the world of rock, having recently played an electric guitar in a Doctor Who episode without any editing tricks or overdubs. You can see the actor talking about that now-famous scene in the video below.
What do you think about Doctor Who using the Slipknot singer for the new villain? Will you be tuning in to hear the scream?
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