EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt has confessed he would like to play an alien in Doctor Who.

The soap actor – who has played chip shop owner Ian Beale in the show since it began in 1985 – is a big sci-fi fan, and has his eye on a cameo in the BBC time-travelling show.

Adam told Radiotimes.com: “I want to be an alien, heavily made up so people wouldn’t be able to tell it was me.

“I think everyone of my generation would like to do Doctor Who because we all have something significant from the show that we remember from childhood.

“For me it was John Pertwee, the Brigadier and these giant maggoty slug things [The Green Death]. I have this memory of watching it when I was off school ill. So it must have been repeated in the daytime. Or maybe it was the school holidays. I do like the new series as well, though. I enjoyed the Christmas special and I think Matt Smith is brilliant.”

Adam is up for best dramatic performance at the National Television Awards on January 23.

He said: “I was pleased just to get on to the longlist, so I’m stunned to get off that and on to the shortlist. I’m well happy.”