The new Doctor Who series is fucking brilliant. I've been literally giddy with excitement all day, bouncing off the walls in readiness. I knew it would be good. With those writers, with the attitude of everyone involved, with Christopher Eccleston playing the Doctor, it couldn't fail. I wasn't expecting it to be so fast and downright loopy though. I thought they'd play it fairly safe, keep things low key, not risk anything looking dodgy - but they didn't, they just flung us headlong into the mad adventures, weren't afraid to be silly, and rammed it with nerdy Who references for us die hard fans. It feels like it did back when I was a kid, and Tom Baker was bounding around the place with his huge scarf, offering jelly babies to Daleks and laughing his head off - from me, there is no higher praise. It's clever, fun, exciting, and has the potential to get better and better. I can't wait till next week.
Been getting through some movies with the online DVD queue at Lovefilm - we're trying to go faster, so we can pack more in. Dead Man's Shoes is a masterpiece, one of the most harrowing things I've ever seen. It really got under my skin, and I'm still thinking about it now. Paddy Considine is superb, he's charming and terrifying at the same time, and I will go and see anything he's in from now on. Layer Cake is one I missed at the cinema, mostly thanks to the utterly shite trailer, which left you wondering what the fuck was going on - some stupid shit with Marco Pierre-White and one of those horribly annoying "recipe" cliche things ("take one slice of excitement, add a soupcon of naughtiness, add a dash of bollocks" etc). It's a shame, because it's a really, really good movie, a solid British crime flick, and really nicely put together. I'm not surprised Matthew Vaughn has been offered X-Men 3, now I've seen Layer Cake. And somebody please make Daniel Craig the next Bond. Either that, or get Brosnan back for one more. Or just leave it for a few years. 2007 Update: Dear Bond people - thank you for doing as I asked. Casino Royale rocks, by the way.
No Severance news today, but things are moving along behind the scenes. The other horror movie idea I've been working on is nearly ready to send out - it's a treatment, or pitch outline, or outline, or whatever they're called this week. It was only supposed to be a few pages, but it's ballooned to 13. That doesn't matter though, the more detail and colour I can put in, the better. I'm hoping to finish that tomorrow or Monday. Something else sneaked into my head last week as an idea for another script, so I'm just gathering information and doing early research for that. At the moment, it's just background stuff, a setting to place the movie in. I have no story, plot, or even genre, it could be about anything. I'm going to keep researching, write down everything that pops into my head, then come up with some characters who would logically be in a film about this particular subject. I'll then refine them until I know exactly who they are, then hopefully a story will evolve from all that. That's what I did with the 13-page horror thing, and it worked out really well. It's a new way of doing things for me, and I suspect it'll take over as my standard operating procedure. Because it works.
Long shot: a TV company is looking for cartoon ideas for 6-9 year olds, from writers with agents. I wasn't going to bother, as I couldn't think of anything, but suddenly something crazy popped into my head, and it made me laugh, so I typed it up and sent it off to them, thinking that they'll either totally ignore me (like the political documentary people I sent stuff to, who had specifically requested it, and then never bothered getting back in touch, you know who you are, a simple fucking email saying no thanks wouldn't have killed you), or call the police and have me arrested for trying to poison young minds. So far, they haven't done either. Watch this space...