Who Writers in Radio Times

Doctor Who Series 6 writers Toby Whithouse and Mark Gatiss appear in the new edition of the Radio Times this week, discussing TV’s love of horror.

More and more new TV series feature a horror element, with the popular ITV series Marchlands recently doing a fine job of capturing the spirit of many older movies and series.

Spearking to the Radio Times, Being Human creator and Doctor Who scriptwriter Toby Whithouse recalls how much the industry has changed since he became a writer.

“When I started out as a writer, sci-fi, fantasy and horror were dirty words,” says Whithouse. “There were very few successful shows and none of the broadcasters thought they had mainstream appeal. The new Doctor Who proved that there was an audience willing to watch ‘genre’ shows, and Being Human wouldn’t have happened if Doctor Who hadn’t been a success.”

Meanwhile Gatiss recalls his childhood, when there were scares aplenty on TV and in cinemas.

“When I was growing up, people weren’t so averse to scaring children. Things like Children of the Stones and the film of Quatermass and the Pit were major influences. They’d show horror films on TV on Friday nights and they really educated a generation in terror. It’s a shame horror movies aren’t still on with that kind of regularity.

“They provided a banquet of scares that had a profound effect on a whole raft of people now working in TV. That’s been cut off at source and now there’s not the same strong, overripe meat to feast upon.”

On sale now, this is the edition labelled 9-15 April 2011, featuring nature presenter Chris Packham on the cover.

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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