1) In your own words, describe what Doran Martell looks like (eg his face, body, clothing, posture, anything else) and what his personality is like. What is your description based on? (for example, descriptions in the book, fan art, Alexander Siddig, another actor, other things) Like most of the other responses, I pictured Doran as overweight and "pained." 2) Alexander Siddig will play Doran in the show, how does he compare to your own mental image of Doran before he was cast? (eg does he look the same? Is it hard for you to remember your mental image before he was cast? Did you imagine someone else playing the character? Anything else?) Siddig is definitely skinnier than what I imagined, but judging from the first episode he has the rest of what I envisioned. 3) Have you seen Siddig in any other films or shows (eg Syriana, Reign of Fire, Clash of the Titans, Star Trek, 24, anything else)? How do those other roles affect your feelings about him being cast as Doran? (For example, did you like those other roles? Are you happy to see the actor in something else? Are you happy to see the actor in GoT in particular? etc?) I've seen the movies that you mention, but I only remember him fr om Syriana and Star Trek. I don't much care about any particular actor, so his presence in a role isn't a selling point for me. He's a good actor, but that doesn't mean I'll be pleased with how he plays the role (ex. Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder.) 4) Have you read or seen any interviews with Siddig about his part in Game of Thrones? What have you learned about Siddig himself or his role as Doran? Where did you find this information? (for example YouTube, his official website, other websites, magazines). A few. He seems pleased that he was a fan favorite for the role, so that's a plus. It's always more fun when the actors interact with the fandom.