'We used to have terrific arguments about the script. We were always re-writing 'I can't possibly say that, Ian doesn't talk like that! You can't make me say it.' The first day- the readthrough- of each new script was always fun. There was always an argument though. Sometimes it was quite serious.”
"It’d be the new director whoever that was, arguing with us, really- Bill, Jackie, Carole and I. We’d already been on the phone to each other, discussing the various points we wanted altered. Sometimes we won, sometimes we didn’t, but it was always an interesting day. We made friends with the script editor, who became a sort of chum who we would take for drinks and say, ‘Now look, I’ve been dashing about shouting ‘look out!’ it’s time I did something more than that.’ Ian was an action man really, so I had to be in the action, and the action had to happen. When it wasn’t happening, I would complain bitterly. I’d say ‘Ian can’t just sit around, I want to go do something.’ I was always shooting off my mouth. I never felt shy about saying my bit, or what I felt about the part."
- William Russell being interviewed for Doctor Who magazine. (issue 448)