Character: Med student Alex Taylor
Fashion statement: Earring
Deathless dialogue: I'm outta here.
Medics was Peter's first series and first major professional
While Peter was attending Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
playwright Allan Cubitt won an award, the prize of which was that
the drama school would produce and premiere a new play for him.
Cubitt wrote a play about a doctor suffering from a brain tumor,
set at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Since Peter did his
clinical training at St. Bart's, he got to know Cubitt well, and
consequently many of their conversations about medicine ended up
in Cubitt's play.
Cubitt later went on to write the first-season finale of Medics,
titled "Alex." The episode was Peter's chance to shine as it centers
around his character, med student Alex Bernhard Taylor, and he is
in almost every scene. Cubitt again drew on Peter's med school experiences
when writing the episode. Peter says, "There's a lot of stuff in
there [laughs] that actually happened... some real events in my
life." (Needless to say, I will refrain from speculating on exactly
what those, erm, "real events" are....)
Peter appeared again in the second year of Medics
four out of six episodes before leaving the series for good.
The character of Alex, however, remained, played by a different