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Published on January 20th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Scriptwriters News

BBCi have been promoting an online Sherlock Holmes story read by Andrew Sachs and written by new series writer Paul Cornell. “The Deer Stalker” can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/cult and requires RealPlayer to listen to it.

Meanwhile, www.twitchfilm.com have published an interview with Mark Gatiss. While covering several areas, he reveals that he recorded the voices of the Vogons with his League of Gentlemen colleagues for the new Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie, and that the League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse is due for release early this year. He also had a little to say about Doctor Who:

“I was in Cardiff yesterday, at the press junket, and it was – I can say without affectation – one of the most exciting days of my entire life…”

[On Christopher Eccleston:]“He’s brilliant. I think the show will surprise a lot of people and that, particularly, Chris will. He’s known for his intensity, his rather scary intensity, which he DOES have as the Doctor. And equally, if you know him in real life, he’s a really good laugh and a lovely man and it’s that sort of duality that he brings to it. He’s like a kind of crazy child, but then when he tells you off you quake in your shoes. It’s actually kind of a Tom Baker-ish quality, but in a completely different way…”

[Eccleston’s physique:]” I’d say he’s the first Doctor in a long time who looks like he could handle himself in a fight…”

[On the Daleks:] “They’re back. They are. That’s true. I saw one yesterday and cried real tears. It’s a marvelous story by Rob Shearman and I can’t think of a better way of bringing them back. It makes your hair stand on end, it’s so spooky. Intense. Dynamite, really…”

[The show’s future:] “Oh, well, everyone wants it to continue, obviously, but it’s a real killer. I mean thirteen forty five minute episodes may not sound like a lot but the thing is that apart from a few two-parters they’re all one offs, so you need new sets, new situations, and new casts. It’s really exhausting. When my episode was finished recording I shot the League film and did several other things and by the time I cam to see my episode they still had five more to shoot. It feels like so long ago! Russell [Davies, another Who writer] said to me “We’ve discovered the show that will kill us all.” But, god yes. We’d love to continue… I feel like having been privileged to be part of the team that brought it back in what I feel is such a marvelous way I’d like to leave a legacy of stories. Of course mostly I’d like to be Dr. Who!”

[And finally the casting:] “One of the mysterious things about Dr. Who is how people on the outside have all these theories about this, that and the other person and their approach to whatever and the weird thing is you could have your ideal Doctor in mind for all of your life but when you finally get the chance to do it, they’re doing a film. It comes down to things like that in the end. No matter how hard you try someone just might not be there, or might not be interested, or have changed their mind …”

The full interview can be found here.

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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