Doctor Who exec producer Russell T Davies has described Prince Charles in less than flattering terms for declining to make a cameo appearence in the hit BBC sci-fi show.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival yesterday, Davies told fans he'd written to Clarence House offering self-confessed Who fan Chaz a walk-on part. He said: "He turned us down, the miserable swine."
The Daily Mail demanded an explanation of Clarence House, and a spokeswoman clarified that the missive had been intercepted before Charles even got to to see it. She said: "A letter was sent into the Prince of Wales' office and was dealt with on his behalf. We receive many requests and it's impossible to accept them all."
Davies was at the festival to discuss his new book, Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale. He did not favour the 2,000-strong audience with any details of forthcoming Doctor Who specials nor the fifth series. ®
Aficiondaos of Prince Charles slurs will, of course, remember the late Spike Milligan's splendid description of His Royal Highness as a "little grovelling bastard".