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CultBox has another couple of interviews with two of the guest stars of A Good Man Goes to War.

First up, some highlights from their interview with Danny Sapani, who plays Colonel Manton.

Can you tell us a bit about your character in ‘A Good Man Goes To War’?

“Manton is a powerful leader, a scary man and a fearsome soldier. He understands and respects the religious, but is more interested in power. He is obsessed with killing the Doctor.”

Did your character get to interact with any of the monsters in the episode?

“My character gets to unveil the Headless Monks. Aaaarrgh!”

Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who stories are renowned for being quite complex -- does this episode follow that trend and how many times did you have to read the script to understand the story?

“It is a very complex story with many strands involving many characters from the past and present. I felt it really challenged my need for a back-story, to flesh out the character and know how they relate to the story as a whole, but in the end it made for a more spontaneous experience. I trusted the direction. I am sure it will be great.”

If the chance presented itself, would you like to come back to Doctor Who?

“I would love to come back to Doctor Who. I think it is one of the best things on television and has such wide ranging appeal.”

Read the full interview here.

Their second interview is with Christina Chong, who plays Lorna Bucket, a character we haven’t heard a whole lot about.

Can you tell us a bit about your character in this weekend’s Doctor Who?

“Lorna is a girl on a mission. I don’t think I can tell you what that mission is, but there are no lengths to which she will not go. Under that bold exterior she’s very vulnerable at heart.”

Did the episode meet your expectations of Doctor Who?

“Steven’s scripts are so original it’s hard to picture how the whole thing will work so I turned up without any expectations. Lorna goes on quite a journey so I got to interact with a few of Steven’s ‘creations’ which were impressive to say the least -- and scary!”

What’s your favourite memory from filming the episode?

“My favourite memory would have to be stepping into the TARDIS for the first time, even though I probably shouldn’t have been in there!”

There’s been a lot of secrecy surrounding the episode’s cliffhanger ending. Were you all given complete scripts?

“I still to this day do not know what the real ending is for the mid-series finale. Only those who needed to know were given the final draft of the script. I can’t wait to find out!”

Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who stories are renowned for being quite complex -- does this episode follow that trend?

“Yes, most definitely! I had to read the script a good three times to understand it, but even then he leaves you with a cloud of mystery, which is great for an actor. That way you get to use your imagination and invent your own little stories.”

If the chance presented itself, would you like to come back to Doctor Who?

“Yes, without a doubt.”

Read the full interview here.

Digital Spy also published a video interview with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. They don’t say anything we haven’t already heard by now, but you may want to check it out.

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