Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Doctor Who episode is on tonight! Woohoo!

Today's the day. Volcano Day.

The day I achieve my lifelong dream of having my very own Doctor Who episode on telly. I can't tell you how excited I am. Because if I tell you, I'll have to think about it in detail, and then I'll get even more excited, and my head will explode. Let's just say: I am very, very excited.

It's on at 6.45pm, BBC1. My first BBC1 thing! Blimey. Straight after, on BBC3, Doctor Who Confidential goes into much detail about the shoot in Italy, and probably has about 24 seconds of me talking, because let's face it, people would rather look at the actors talking in Italy than a pasty-faced, babbling writer talking on a noisy set in Cardiff. I know I would. But I did get interviewed on set, so I'm bound to be in there somewhere (I haven't seen it yet). And on a related note, at 9.10pm on BBC4, make sure to watch Pompeii: The Last Day, which is a fantastic docudrama about - well, the clue's in the title. It's really good, and full of Science and stuff, as well as explanations for how some of the victims ended up in certain places. No aliens though, which is a bit of a let down. Seriously, if you're interested in Pompeii at all, it's well worth watching.

Anyway. I've got some people round for the viewing party, and a shedload of booze for us all to get through, so I'll keep this brief. I'm really proud of the episode, and think the entire cast and crew have done wonders. I really hope you enjoy it. And if you don't, I'll come round your house and piss on one of your sofa cushions. You won't know which one, until you sit on it. Yeah. I don't mess about. I am hardcore.

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, you're hilarious. Good luck, everyone/every paper/every magazine who's seen it that I know has said that it's fantastic, very clever etc. See you after the episode! =D

BaaBaaDoodle said...

Knock em dead, break a leg, er...you know. I have my countdown timer on already.

Be wid ya in spirit! :)

Oli said...

My ass shall be firmly on my sofa at 6.45. Gleefully looking forward to it.

FlatlandDan said...

Good luck man! I think the entire nation is rooting for you and looking forward to a fantastic episode.

james henry said...

(right post this time) Ooh bloody hell, that was really good.

Hannah said...

Yay! V. good!

Andy said...

I'm not usually sycophantic, but I genuinely thought that was an excellent piece of Doctor Who, up there with some of the best New Who stories written by Cornell and Moffat. It's a thoroughly refreshing change to see a serious piece of considered, thoughtful writing in Who instead of some of the silliness that has been apparent in the RTD era. Congratulations.

I hope you're given more opportunities to work on the show and can maintain the high standard.

Sarah said...

Great episode, really loved it. Congratulations.
Liked having Caecilius, Metella and Quintus, that takes me back to my latin lessons!

Anonymous said...

Mr Moran,

A bone to pick with you ,well three, actually.

1) I am supposed to be revising for my Law exams. I am now highly distracted.

2) It is very embarrassing to be crying in front of one's dad. Even more embarrassing when your Dad is giggling like a school girl about the Spartacus line.

3)I am sure that there were a Metella, Caecilius and their son, who were all new money in my Latin textbooks at school (which were all set in Pompeii).

Thankyou very much!

Regards

Charlie

P.S 2 planets lost in 2 weeks ? Once is a mistake- 2 looks like carelessness.

Anonymous said...

That was rather awesome.
Nice.

Andy W said...

Congratulations on the airing of your episode.

Have to agree with my namesake, the other Andy above. Brilliant writing, up their with Mr. Moffat's for a serious but accessible approach to the series, without falling pray to childish silliness.

Worked both on an adult and youngsters' level.

Let's hope that RTD has the sense to get you writing more episodes soon.

Talk about setting yourself a high standard to better!

Matthew said...

Brilliant stuff. Very well done.

I think it's a shame that people feel the need to criticise other elements of the series, though. It's not like anybody needs to try and make other writers look bad in order for your episode to look good. It's stands as a great piece of drama entirely on it's own merits.

As for the series as a whole: I love the light and shade of it and would probably enjoy it less if it were all serious.

Anne Brooke said...

Just popping in to say it was a wonderful episode. Very powerful and humane. I loved it.

Popping out now (as it were) - enjoy the celebrations!

:))

Anne B

Anonymous said...

This was truely an outstanding episode! Congratulations and i hope we can enjoy your splendor in an other episode.

Regards from amsterdam,
Willem

Amanda said...

Dearest Jimbo. Wishing I were there... alas I am here. I'm going to turn on my phone now (which I've turned off due to the battery being nearly dead and for some reason the charger not working over here :( ) to send you a 'Congrats - you've done it, you've really done it!' text (but am leaving this message *just* in case the thing is well and truly zonked so that you know you and your moment of glory are in my thoughts... albeit affected by the time dfference :D )

BaaBaaDoodle said...

Wow...speechless, even me.

Bravo!

Banjo Ted said...

Just want to say that both I and my girlfriend thought that was the best DW episode in a long long time. Ranks up there with 'Blink' and the first episode of the Master trilogy (hated the second and third, incidentally).

Oh, and that one where Rose gets possessed by that posh skin woman and starts talking all posh and like a slut. Though that's more a favourite of mine rather than my girlfriend...

Here's hoping the BBC gets you back on board for the next series - hopefully with a number of episodes. Hope you had a good night.

Immy said...

I'm absolutely ecstatic for you - because that episode was just fantastic. Congratulations! If they don't ask you back to write more it's a crime...Perfect. I can't think of much more to say than that! :D

Anonymous said...

May I say congratulations, that episode was brilliant. The character development of both the Doctor and Donna made it really intresting, and I loved the way you waited to suddenly get the doctors interest with the 'seeing' and circuit board.

In all only thing I didn't like, was the lack of script discussion on the bbc3 show...!

david said...

Brilliant. Thankyou.

Was distressed not to see you in Confidential though!

Boz said...

Woot! That was great! Donna was brilliant. Am very intrigued about the line from the prophet about her back.

Cheers!!

Matthew said...

You may not have made Confidential, but you are on the BBC website. The link is on the front page, or click here.

hotzappa11 said...

w00t! w00t! Congratulations! Great episode. Overall the episode was good, but The last 10 were lovely. Also having Peter Capadali (sp?) and Phil Davis makes it even better.

miss B said...

congratulations - most fun I've had in ages from TV! Like some people've already said, characterisations of the Doctor and Donna were both brilliant, spot-on and more humane than we've seen for a long time I feel.

You can really tell the quality of the writing for this episode - beats RTD's scripts hands down; we'll heckle him to get you to write more (both DW and Torchwood)!

oh, last thing - Cambridge Latin Course + Doctor Who = EPIC WIN. I may have fallen off my sofa with excitement and love for you and your genius awesomeness when that happened.

John Williams said...

Loved this episode. The best since "Blink" and the last ten minutes of "Utopia" by a country mile.

You should be very proud of yourself. Great stuff.

ck said...

Congratulations, that was totally ace. I loved Donna in this, and the ep was great from start to finish.

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Excellent work! The Doctor Who Forum is going mad, trying to come of with all the right superlatives about how much everyone (except the usual malcontent 1%) loved it. You've won people over to Donna, you've reminded longtime fans of the best of the early stories, and you've given us astounding philosophical and character stuff to chew on, as well as the requisite hints of what's to come. Now I'm thinking I was a fool to only say four out of five, when in fact I'm still busy assimilating it all. Think I'd better go watch it a third time.

I look forward to your live commentary at Gallifrey One next year.

ryttu3k said...

James! That was absolutely, fantastically brilliant! One of the best stories in the entire new series, amazing characterisation, and some fantastically tasty little snippets - like the scene with the Doctor telling Donna about how he can see time. I got chills down my spine and teared up in scenes, seriously.

So, WELL DONE! :D And I hope to see many more of your scripts on Doctor Who and Torchwood!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from the States.
That was brilliant! The line about being in Rome 'ages ago', Spartacus, 'excuse my friend she's from Barcelona', the good ol' companion sacrifice, the water pistol, the humour, the emotion....Absolutely off the scale! I look forward to seeing more episodes by you.

Anonymous said...

It was absolutely wonderful! THIS is why I love Doctor Who. Thank you so much.

Beppie said...

Brilliant work! I hope you write for both Doctor Who and Torchwood again in the future!

Lins Honeyman said...

That was an absolutely astonishing episode!! Me, the wife and the kids were hooked from start to finish but the bit that got me was the scene in the TARDIS where Donna challenges the Doctor to rescue to the family. What writing! What acting! Haven't felt so emotional watching a TV programme since Blackadder et al went over the top in Goes Forth. Well done, James. Here's to many more.

Matthew said...

So I actually watched the video I linked to before, and it's a video of Phil Collinson. They've got them the wrong way around: so, at the moment, Phil's video is you and your video is Phil's. I imagine they'll fix it in time, but for now: anyone who want's the James Moran interview should click here and ignore the preview pic of Phil Collinson. Once you click the play button, it'll all become clear.

If it doesn't go straight to James talking about writing the episode, then they've fixed it and the original link will work (see my comment above, or just look around on the BBC site).

missylabelled said...

Seriously nice work. Are you single?

karen said...

dear james, the episode was brilliant! it's in my top 5 of best who episodes ever!

Dozeymagz said...

Superdooper stuff Mr James! :)

You should be jolly proud of yourself! Hubby, (who is a fussy so-and-so) rated it right up there on top with his fave episodes (Human Nature /Family of Blood) - so there you go - high praise indeed!
Even my little 3 year old got very excited - her comment was
"Mummy!!! Volacano (yes - you are now responsible for one of her favourite new words!) go POP!!!!! Doctor do it!!!"

Well done good sir!

Anonymous said...

Very very enjoyable episode, the mix of humor and seriousness was just right. Definitely should be writing more Dr Who and Torchwood episodes. The special effects worked excellently too.

jellybean said...

Caecilius et al reminded me of Latin lessons too. Fabulous episode James, well done!

evil twinz said...

Nicely done, reminded me of my primary school days making Vesuvius out of plasticine and filling it with that whatchamacallit that makes it explode. Only with more aliens and general soothsaying. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff on TV. Hurry up please.

Harpie said...

brilliant ep Moran... but you git you made me cry with your writing prowess.

Write more i tell you!

Piers said...

Fine work, sir!

Tristram_zx81 said...

Congratulations on the episode James! I loved it... it felt like Classic Who but with all the modern production amenities. I also loved that it felt like the classic period romp we usually get around episode 2 or 3 of the series, but tied together with all the darker themes that punctuate the mythology of Dr Who, such as loneliness, culpability and to what level the Doctor is responsable for the events he witnesses... Fantastic!

miss-cellany said...

Loved it, as did 10 year old son (who is far too critical of everything these days). Got to ask, did you have the same Latin book that I did "Caecilius in hortum est.." etc?

lizw said...

Really liked that, especially the way the dynamic between Donna and the Doctor is evolving. Also good to see a pagan religion being treated respectfully on TV. I enjoyed the Mary Poppins and Fawlty Towers references, too. The choice of Latin names didn't mean anything to me because I learned from a different textbook, but I laughed when it was explained on Confidential. That said, I get the impression from reading comments elsewhere that some people whose class background doesn't include the opportunity to learn Latin felt excluded by that in-joke, which is an unfortunate result that I'm sure no-one intended - I think it would be worth watching out for that kind of class-related implication in future. It's a shame when a joke misfires and interferes with people's enjoyment of what was a great episode overall. I'm intrigued by the recurring "lost planet" and "Shadow Proclamation" references and really excited about the rest of the series now.

Anonymous said...

Loved it. The Spartacus gag/s totally cracked me up.
And an un-relenting, rollercoaster pace that sucked you in and made it impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
Cheers James

David Thiel said...

I have to admit that I wasn't very excited about this episode when I first heard about it. Pompeii? Eh. Bring on the Ood, already!

But, as I watched it last night, I found myself being increasingly sucked in: the comedy was fun (loved the Celtic gag), and the moral dilemma was not at all glossed over. By the time "Volcano Day" (and those really special special effects) arrived, I was riveted. Wow.

I was like "Who on earth wrote this?" and was surprised to find it was none of the regular stable of "Who" scripters. If you can come up with this on the first try (first for "Who," anyway), I hope you'll do many more in the future!

GracieLizzie said...

I absolutely loved it!! I thought it was excellent and the interplay between Donna and the Doctor was excellent. Very well done!

Speaking of Volcano day, I am still finding myself wondering what Jack was doing during it all. Makes you think, pre-Doctor Jack must've been very cavalier if he could use such as a tragic event as an element in a con.

SHEIKSPEAR said...

Fantastic!

And everything else everyone else said!

Please keep the blog going now your famous!

Matt M said...

Bloody loved it.

(What's with the 29 minute commentary though?)

Lanaia said...

Wow!
aAfter seeing you at Gallifrey One, I was hoping that your unique sharp sense of humor and your cleverness would show through in your episode and it does. The episode was great! I felt like i was watching a classic who episode and that was a amazing feeling.

After seeing various reviews it looks like you are in the holy trinity of new Who writers, Moffat, Cornell and Moran. Let's hope we see more from you next season and at Gallifrey One next year!

rocky_of_TW said...

That was awesome James! Well done!

Jayne said...

Great episode - the Spartacus bit made me laugh quite a lot, as did Peter Capaldi saying "look you" in a very serious tone. Any the Mary Poppins ref was hilarious. Not going to rave any more though in case your head swells too much for you to write anything else...

james henry said...

I don't think the Latin thing misfired if you didn't get it - you just wouldn't know there was an extra layer of joke there.

Also,

1. I did Latin in my scruffy comp, so it can't be that middle/upper class.

2. If writers didn't put references in for fear people might not get them, you're writing for the lowest common denominator. The joy of writing in these Wikipedia-present times is that it's now possible to pick up on this sort of reference, then go and find out more about it yourself.

Rarely Judicious Gibberish said...

You know, I'd be cranky as all hell if I had to wait until this actually officially aired in America.

Because it's a *fantastic*, *tight* little bit of writing--proper combination of giggle-inducing lines, drama, and the Doctor's very own morality test. Cheery adventures are good, but the *testing* episodes are easily my favorite kind. I love that you can make Donna-the-character (who I was all set to be annoyed with) really *work* as a convincing, complicated foil.

Just gorgeous.

PammieJR said...

What more can I say that hasn't already been said?

The most amazing and touching part was Donna and the Doctor in the TARDIS, I felt such a connection to Donna there.

Loved the reference to the Hartnell era "Rome" series!

You are going to get your clothes ripped off by excited fans at Gallifrey next year!!

stabarinde said...

That was a brilliant episode! Very good show... Classic Who. And Cinecitta never looked so exciting!

I would kill for the script. Well, not literally kill.... um, no actually, I might well do. Any chance of a glimpse?

nrkblue@e2
Aspiring TV Writer

Anonymous said...

That was really rather excellent, thank you.

I hope one of your top secret projects is related to you penning more Who...

soulmining said...

I also liked the lather/lava gag.

Anonymous said...

I think Donna put it quite well -- "I bloody love you." This episode has to go in my Top Ten list. Thank you, sir, for one of the best episodes of "Doctor Who" EVER.

James Moran said...

Blimey! Thank you all so much, I'm really bowled over by the reaction, here and everywhere. Bit too much to take in right now, still processing. But thank you - I'll do a reply post to deal with any questions, in the next day or so (got Law & Order meetings at the moment). But in the meantime - thank you again. And blimey.

jaunty alan said...

lots of work coming your way i think!

terrific episode.

"I BLOODY LOVE YOU"

Anonymous said...

Many thanks James, that was a truly wonderful episode.

David said...

Just wanted to say – that was a bloody good episode of Dr Who: smart, funny, exciting and entertaining. A job well done, sir.

C.A. Young said...

Caught the ep this weekend and loved it. The decision making moment was glorious.

And the Celtic jokes.

And Ten calling it "volcano day."

Oh, and the "everybody dies" line.

Seriously. Write more Doctor Who. Write more Torchwood. You do good things with them.

Tara said...

Loved loved loed it. Especially the duelling soothsayers, and Donna being Made of Awesome. And you *are* hardcore. And Spartacus.

Anonymous said...

That was the most Oldschool episode since the show came back. I officially love you for mentioning The Romans. And the water gun is the new 3D specs for cosplay, I hope you know.
-A fan

Ninquelosse said...

Thank you for that episode, I loved it - best thing since Utopia. I'm at war on behalf of Donna Noble, and episodes like that are helping me prove she's gonna be an ace companion.

Oli said...

A little bit late to the party, but yeah, that was ace. Best thing of yours that's made it to the screen so far.

Ian Stacey said...

Hi,
I'd like to belatedly add to all the praising going on here. Really enjoyed that episode. Thanks.
Also enjoyed your recent behind-the-scenes blogging about writing for Torchwood. I hope you're going to the same for your doctor Who episode. A lot of the time i'm watching Nu-Who I find myself trying to spot the bits RTD's added and then, come the commentary or magazine article, I find 've got it all completely wrong.
But whatever tweaking he's done your own stuff shone through. Belter of an episode.
Cheers.

Peter Pan said...

Another cracking job fella!
So they better hire you again .. or I'll piss on their sofa cushions. All of them, so they'll have nowhere to sit.

Cunningham said...

I loved the episode so much I now burn with a writer-jealousy hotter than a thousand blazing supernovas...

Good job...

Anya said...

I actually liked it. I didn't expect to, I don't usually like Dr. Who at all and that woman with the mole that's also the Face-Bovvered comedian (argh, what's her name??) usually gets on my tits. But I thought she was good and I thought you really pulled it out the bag: the story was interesting and I really liked the idea it was the Dr who set off Vesuvious. there wasn't a thing I didn't like about it, not that you would be bothered of course if there had been - I know very little about writing and all the other stuff that orbits around it, but yeah: will stop rambling now, great job. x

Sara said...

Just found this in searching for 'lost planet' bits.

I think it was a marvelous episode-my favorite bit was how you worked in the bit about the Tardis' translation circuits by having Donna say "Veni, Vidi, Vici" to the market man.