Hygiene and Heartbreaks

As part of their build up to The Doctor’s Wife, SFX have featured a double-hander of interviews with guest star Suranne Jones and writer Neil Gaiman.

There is such a lot to read in the interviews so you should probably follow the link above; meanwhile we’ve picked a couple of gems for your entertainment.

For instance, Matt Smith was concerned by Suranne Jones’ personal hygiene…

“They do dirty my fingers up a lot. I did a scene with Matt where he happened to be looking at my hand. And he kept looking at me and looking at my hand. And then he said ‘Do the make-up people dirty your hands?’ There was dirt around the fingernails, dirt inside… I said, ‘Matt, yes, of course they do!’ And he said, ‘Thank god for that. I kept thinking ‘Why has no one told her…?’ She’s dirty!”

Meanwhile, you should be concerned about the amount of spare handkerchiefs you have by your side before tuning into The Doctor’s Wife tonight, according to writer Neil Gaiman (well, his friends at least…):

“I showed my episode to some friends, very, very nervously, having sworn them all to secrecy and having explained to them that if anybody found out I’d shown them it then the BBC would creep out in the night and cut off my testicles. And there’s a bit where Suranne [Jones] is talking, and I looked around at the room, and everybody’s looking at the TV screen, and on half the faces the cheeks were wet, the eyes were big – nobody’s looking away, nobody’s stopping and looking for a tissue or anything.
“I’m not even sure that they were aware that they were crying, except that they’ve got glistening cheeks… And I’m going ‘This is astonishing.’ She breaks your heart.”

The Doctor’s Wife airs this evening with an episode that looks set to change quite a few things…

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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