Noel Clarke Steps Back

Former Doctor Who co-star and one-time Torchwood scriptwriter Noel Clarke recently called off  the premiere of his first play at a theatre festival in order to avoid stealing the spotlight from other writers, reports

"Once it got out that I was going to be there, there was a lot of interest. The showcase is supposed to be about promoting younger, more up-and-coming writers and that buzz started to detract from them. I didn’t want to take away the credit."

Noel is, of course, not so young anymore – in fact he’s 33, so it’s easy to see why he opted to make this move.  It’s doubly ironic that Clarke recently won a BAFTA – the Orange Rising Star Award – which is aimed at newcomers.

The good news is that Noel Clarke still plans to stage the play at some point in the future.

Christian Cawley


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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