Gethin tight-lipped on Doctor Who role
OUTGOING Blue Peter presenter Gethin Jones is looking forward to a role in Doctor Who – but says he has no ambitions to become an actor.
The 30-year-old, who revealed this week that he is quitting the long-running children’s show after three years, is appearing in an episode in the new series of the popular sci-fi drama.
But he is remaining tight-lipped about his character.
Cardiff-born Jones has previously appeared in the BBC Wales-produced series – as a Cyberman, pictured right.
“One of my last Blue Peter jobs will be appearing in one of the last episodes of the new Doctor Who series,” said Jones, a former pupil of the capital’s Welsh-medium schools Ysgol Gynradd Coed y Gof in Pentrebane and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.
“It was a great day of filming. I’m sure it’s a dream of many children to join Doctor Who. I love the show and I think Russell T Davies (the writer) is a legend.”
But he said that while he is still considering offers of work he has no intention of becoming an actor.
“There’s been interest from musical theatre but I’ve been presenting now for more than six years – presenting is what I like doing,” he said.
Jones admits that breaking the news to young viewers that he was leaving Blue Peter was a tough task.
He said: “When we went live and I said, ‘I have decided to leave the show’ I thought, ‘I’m really leaving – this is it’.”
Jones was back in his home city yesterday to launch the 2009 Texaco Young Musician of the Year contest at St David’s Hall. The presenter is a passionate musician who achieved grade eight violin and grade six piano and enjoys performing in his spare time. One of his favourite memories was performing lead violin with the South Glamorgan Junior Orchestra at the venue in 1989.
n The competition – which was won in 2007 by harpist Glain Dafydd who performed at yesterday’s launch – is open to young Welsh instrumentalists aged up to 20 years old. Five competitors from the regional selection process will perform at the final in Cardiff on March 7, when the winner will receive £1,000.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.texaco. co.uk/youngmusician