The new Radio Times – on sale today – features an interview with Vincent and the Doctor writer Richard Curtis, whom they describe as “King of RomComs” following his success with films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.
According to Richard Curtis, Doctor Who is the Hamlet of the television world. A pivotal, career-making role, to be reprised over the years with different actors, always the same, and yet metamorphosing radically with each new incarnation.
The article discusses how Curtis, that nice chap who made Hugh Grant into a superstar and Bill Nighy (who appears in Vincent and the Doctor) into a pin-up, who made us hoot at Four Weddings and a Funeral in the cinema and Blackadder on the telly, has at last been corralled into Camp DW.
Not that Curtis, 53, was a childhood addict:
â€œNo, I wasnâ€™t very dedicated. I seem to remember I liked the Master more than the Doctor, strangely enough.â€
He says his decision to write an episode was more thanks to the nagging from his four children, now aged from 14 to six.
â€œMy kids absolutely love it. We all watched the Christmas special two years ago and my children said I had to do one. Scarlett, our eldest, pointed out that while Iâ€™d always promised I would write a childrenâ€™s movie, by the time I do, she wonâ€™t be a child any more. And the great thing about telly is how swift it is by comparison with films.â€
Fans of the series will know that the â€œCurtis Episodeâ€ – starring Matt Smith as the Doctor -Â uses a storyline about Vincent van Gogh – the idea for Vincent and the Doctor has apparently been in Curtisâ€™s head for a long time.