Richard Curtis, writer of such films as Notting Hill and Love, Actually, has commented on the script that he has written for his Doctor Who episode Vincent and the Doctor.
Curtis, co-creator of Blackadder, recalled the genesis of his episode during a special screening of it at the BFI Southbank.
“I came up with the story and knew what form I wanted it to take, but then I was given all sorts of instructions in terms of what was happening with the Doctor and with Amy. I remember I was told, when I first handed in my first draft, the Doctor talked too much and that I should go back and watch some of the episodes and see that actually he was rather efficient in the way that he talked.”
The writer also noted that some rewrites were necessary as well:
“I was told the beginning was too slow, that when he met Vincent it wasn’t cute enough, so it was quite nice because when you’re writing things all on your own it’s quite lonely, you have to make so many of the decisions on your own. And it was nice being pushed around in the right direction and having a format.”
Despite the aforementioned ups and downs, the episode looks like it going to be a belter and was worth the extra effort!
Vincent and the Doctor airs this Saturday on BBC One and BBC One HD at 6.40pm