HANDS OFF MY GIRL!
Hugh’s love rival is headed for Why hope, determined to win Penny’s heart
Hugh’s love rival is headed to Whyhope, on Doctor Doctor. Plus we chat to Rodger Corser.
FIt looks like Hugh might have missed his chance to woo Penny, with someone else swooping in where he left off. Dr Toke is on his way to town to give things with Penny a real shot and suddenly Hugh’s jealous.
“They [Hugh and Penny] were in the city and it was kind of sliding doors and missed opportunities,” explains Rodger Corser, who plays Hugh. “They were heading towards maybe going on a date together and Hugh stands her up.
“He’s sort of selfobsessed about personal work issues and lets the date slide and the door is left open and Penny meets [Toke] … and he kind of rides in like Prince Charming on a white horse — Dr Perfect Pants!”
According to Corser one of the things holding disgraced surgeon Hugh back in pursuing a relationship with Penny (Hayley McElhinney) is his own ego. He needs to be on top of his game professionally to feel con dent enough in himself to give a relationship with Penny a try. But a failure on the job the day of their dinner stopped him from turning up at that pivotal moment.
And Hugh doesn’t realise what he’s missing until Toke (Angus McLaren), an ex-army medic, shows up in Why hope and reveals himself to be everything Hugh’s not. “He’s Doctors Without Borders and [worked on an] army doctor ship. He’s a yogi and eats paleo — so he’s all the things Hugh despises.
“The Toke character becomes very keen and makes huge romantic gestures, grand romantic gestures like all the time, which makes Hugh want to stick his ngers down his throat, I think, and he comes to town to pursue Penny and rubs it in Hugh’s face a little bit.”
One of the other reasons Hugh is reluctant to do something about his feelings for Penny is the fact she lives in Why hope. Despite being Hugh’s home town he just does not want to be there any longer than his year-long probation. If he were to start a serious relationship with Penny or anyone else local it would mean he’d have to stay.
“I think there’s real hope at the start of the series because Penny is in Sydney. She’s got this great grant and she’s achieving great things and he thinks he’s going to achieve these amazing things [too] and so he’s really open for it but then he gets a bit of a knock-back there and things kind of change.”
Penny moves back to Why hope because her son Floyd has struggled to settle in there. The hospital has also become a shambles under the guidance of incompetent manager Nora Gumbleton (Helen Thomson) who has a shocking accident.
So now Hugh and Penny are back working together, treating patients and dancing around their sexual tension. If Hugh really wants to be with Penny he’ll have to step up because Toke has got the guts to give it a crack and he won’t go down without a ght.
TOO LATE? Hugh (Rodger Corser) may have missed his chance with Penny (Hayley McElhinney), thanks to his own ego.
LOVE’S IN THE AIR Penny with the attentive Dr Toke (Angus McLaren). TVS