Blogtor Who takes a look at the life and career of Callum Dixon, who’ll be playing Jarva Slade in Kerblam!
Callum Dixon has already been spotted in the trailer for this Sunday’s Doctor Who episode Kerblam! There he appears as an executive at the eponymous retail giant. With Julie Hesmondhalgh’s Judy Maddox at his elbow as he sits at his desk, he’s clearly an important figure at the company. But who is the actor playing Jarva Slade?
Dixon has been a regular presence on television since 1992, getting his start in children’s dramas. He first appeared as Ray throughout the first season of the reboot of classic TV series The Tomorrow People. Following that, he took a longer stint across seasons of beloved adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s novel The Queen’s Nose. As Gregory, he was the hapless best friend of Harmony – the girl with the magic 50p coin referred to by the title. And somehow the wishes of Harmony always managed to make his life more complicated. The hapless Gregory proved such an essential component that Dixon remained even after the coin passed to new holders.
He was also part of the usual 1990s British television circuit of shows like The Bill – where he played three separate characters across an eight year period. Most memorably, perhaps, as the teenage boy trying to conceal his mother’s drug habit so he could stay with her. Dixon managed a smoother transition into adult work than many child actors, and went on to make smaller appearances in the likes of A Touch of Cloth and Doc Martin, alongside larger guest roles in Casualty and Father Brown.
Callum Dixon’s been a consistent presence on the stages of the National Theatre and Old Vic
But it’s on stage that Dixon has truly made his mark. He’s been a consistent presence in supporting roles at the National Theatre, as well as numerous appearances at the Old Vic and New Vic. Stage roles have included the scheming Antonio in The Tempest and Marcellus opposite Michael Sheen’s Hamlet.
What role does Dixon’s Slade take in the sinister events at Kerblam!? You’ll have to wait until Doctor Who this Sunday to find out. But, as the latest in a long line of middle management types to face the Doctor’s intolerance of bureaucrats, he’ll make a fine foil for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
The Doctor Who adventure continues…
Doctor Who continues this Sunday at 6.30pm GMT on BBC One and at 8pm EST on BBC America with Kerblam! by Pete McTighe. For further broadcast times in your region, check local listings. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).
Kerblam! guest stars Julie Hesmondhalgh and Lee Mack and is directed by Jennifer Perrott.
“Delivery for the Doctor!”
A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor. It leads her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!