Doctor Who: Flux baddie Rochenda Sandall has admitted that there’s every chance her character is “misunderstood”, rather than a simple, straight-up villain.
Rochenda – who plays Azure, a Ravager – spoke to Doctor Who Magazine about her and co-star Sam Spruell’s characters, revealing that she uses the term “baddies very loosely”.
Reflecting on Azure and Swarm’s intentions, Rochenda said (via Radio Times): “I guess they want to be the next Big Bang, don’t they? They want to destroy everything and create something new. That was certainly something me and Sam discussed.”
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She continued: “A lot of the baddies have got that destructive element to them… Although I use the term ‘baddies’ very loosely, in inverted commas, because of course, they don’t see themselves as bad.
“They see themselves as misunderstood.”
The actress also opened up about her involvement in Doctor Who series 13, admitting that she was “massively interested” in the make-up and prosthetics required for Azure.
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“When I got the first couple of scripts, I just thought, ‘Wow, okay.’ Straight away, I was just massively interested in the journey of a prosthetic, and how they were going to create it,” she said.
There’s also the issue of moral ambiguity, too. Adding that she was intrigued about where the characters “were going to go” across Flux, Rochenda said: “Were we actually bad? Or were we good guys deep down?
“You just don’t know with Chris [Chibnall’s] scripts.”
Doctor Who: Flux (aka series 13) airs weekly every Sunday night on BBC One in the UK. In the US, the show airs on BBC America, with series 1-12 available on HBO Max.
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