The Doctor Who press launch went very well, although I was in a bit of a daze all the way through it, and felt slightly disconnected. Usually I can just enjoy myself, but sometimes my brain is unable to realise that this is all real, and I go a bit mad. It's purely because I still can't quite believe that these things are happening to me. I keep expecting someone to come up to me and say "excuse me sir, there's been a terrible misunderstanding, could you please leave?"
Anyway, I had a great time, the episodes went down well, the Q&A was very funny, and during the screening I was sitting 3 seats away from Elisabeth Sladen - Sarah Jane Smith herself. Also spotted Simon Pegg, and the living legend that is Bernard Cribbins. But I didn't say hello to any of them, because I'm a big coward sometimes. For a much better, more detailed account of the evening, check out Sir Jason of Arnopp's blog post. It really did feel like I was in a drug induced haze for the whole thing, I had trouble getting my head around it all. How can it be real? Me, just some bloke with a bit of talent and a lucky break, standing in a room at the launch of the new season of a show I've been watching since I was a kid?? Madness. I thought I'd got used to all this mayhem, but it still bewilders me now and again.
So. Mere days away from my Doctor Who episode, which has a new timeslot of 6.45pm, on Saturday 12th April. There's a trailer for the ep here, or here for those outside the UK, and I'm counting the days. Which is easier now that there aren't so many of them. It's very bizarre seeing the trailer for it on TV, I sort of freeze and panic for a minute, feeling like everyone's looking at me. I'm very excited about it, but obviously nervous too, you never know how things will be received. Last week I went to Cardiff to record the commentary, which will be online after the episode has been on. They said it went well, but I'm convinced I just mumbled and talked nonsense. I felt things going wrong when the first thing I said was: "so, was it hot in Italy?" Scintillating, eh? Thankfully, I managed to talk about other things, once we got going properly. We finished late, because some IDIOT had to do retakes of a few lines after doing two of several things they'd told us to avoid (product placement, slander, swearing, saying someone's name without saying their job title, murdering people while on the microphone, inciting race riots, etc). Okay, I was the idiot, but you've all probably already guessed that.
Need to finish a script draft today or tomorrow (for Law & Order), because I have to do an outline for a Thursday meeting (for my new job on Other Popular Show), and a quick mini-outline for a Friday meeting (for Very Secret New Thing). Also got to do a small website thing in the next day or so, and crack on with the short stories that will be due any week now. I'm halfway through the 2nd part of the Torchwood writing thingy, but that will probably slip till next week, as I'm a bit rushed at the moment. I really, really need some time off soon, or I will fall over. This weekend I've got some friends coming over from Dublin for my DW viewing party, so I'll probably get massively drunk and emotional, and be sick in the garden. Sounds like a plan to me, anyway.