Doc­tor Doc­tor’s ‘two wives’

New Idea - - Contents - By Ali Cro­marty

Most wives wouldn’t ap­prove of their hus­bands kiss­ing other women, and for Doc­tor Doc­tor’s Ryan John­son it’s no dif­fer­ent.

The dif­fer­ence for Ryan is that his wife Ta­mara As­mar is a writer for the Chan­nel Nine drama and has con­trol over who her hus­band is kiss­ing on screen – mak­ing it in­ter­est­ing for his char­ac­ter Matt Knight and TV wife Char­lie Knight (Ni­cole da Silva).

‘My wife writes on the show,’ Ryan, 37, re­veals. ‘In the episodes she writes, it’s al­ways [writ­ten] like: “Char­lie nuz­zles into Matt, they hold hands,” but all the other episodes are like: “They’ve just fin­ished mak­ing love on the wash­ing ma­chine.”’

Hav­ing his wife on set means he and Ta­mara have the perk of not spend­ing time apart.

‘It’s awe­some. She can come out to Mudgee [where the show is mostly filmed] and come out on the episodes she’s writ­ten. She doesn’t have to lie to work be­cause she is at work!’

Ryan also feels blessed to have an awe­some TV wife in Ni­cole, who also stars on Fox­tel drama Went­worth as the in­tim­i­dat­ing Franky Doyle.

‘I was a lit­tle scared of Ni­cole when I first met her be­cause I [only] knew her from Went­worth, but she is the sweet­est, loveli­est per­son,’ Ryan gushes. ‘She makes it very easy to have to do all those lovey­dovey scenes – not that it would be hard any­way, but she’s an awe­some per­son.’

Now in its sec­ond sea­son, Ryan is thrilled to have found

‘She makes it very easy to have to do all those lovey-dovey scenes... she’s an awe­some per­son’ THE DOC­TOR DOC­TOR STAR SPILLS ON THE TWO SPECIAL WOMEN IN HIS LIFE

suc­cess on the show af­ter a string of bit parts and can­cel­la­tions.

‘One of the most ex­cit­ing things about our show be­ing re­ceived well is get­ting to do a sec­ond sea­son,’ Ryan ex­plains. ‘You start the show and you go: “This is go­ing to be a great place to spend the next few years.” But then you think: “I al­ways get can­celled!” This one we kicked a** and the more sea­sons the bet­ter. I have chil­dren to feed!’


It’s ev­ery man and woman for them­selves now the tribes have com­bined.

One cast­away is framed for the par­tic­u­larly heinous crime of eating too many ra­tions, but will it be enough to place their head on the chop­ping block?

Then on Tues­day, fol­low­ing a shock dis­play of power at the last Tribal Coun­cil, one cast­away finds them­selves an im­me­di­ate tar­get as they fight to main­tain their place within the tribe.

Doc­tor Doc­tor airs Wed­nes­day, 8.40pm, Chan­nel Nine. Ryan and Ni­cole of­ten lock lips on the show, but the ac­tor only has eyes for his real-life wife Ta­mara and daugh­ter Alia (both be­low). Ryan’s thrilled with Doc­tor Doc­tor’s suc­cess and hopes there are more sea­sons of the show to come.

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