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Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Philip Bates

Mark Gatiss, Castaway

Following in the same vein of David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss is the latest castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

The Victory of the Daleks and The Idiot’s Lantern writer talks to Kirsty Young about his childhood living opposite a psychiatric hospital – or a “colony for the mentally defective,” as he explains  – The League of Gentlemen, and his fascination with the macabre.

Gatiss began writing for Doctor Who (on TV anyway) with 2005’s The Unquiet Dead, and has recently written this year’s Night Terrors. He starred as Lazarus in 2007’s The Lazarus Experiment (and we haven’t even got to Sherlock)

His song choices range from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ theme for Fantasia and The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” to the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service theme tune and “Come to Me (I Am Woman)” as sung by Su Pollard!

Amongst these, he also talks about potentially-‘touchy’ subjects like the recent deaths of his mother and sister and if he’s ever considered becoming a father, while also explaining that Steven Moffat has an “ideal situation” in that “he can road test things” by his kids. But he’s so affable, the interview shows great warmth and is definitely worth a listen.

…Though his book choice isn’t a great surprise.

You can download Mark’s appearance from the BBC’s Desert Island Discs page.



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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

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