What a bizarre, brilliant week this has been. Partly work, partly sorting out various arrangements (like renewing my passport, for example), and partly having lots of fun with cool people. Yes, Jimbo is in a benevolent mood, so you may all stop flogging yourselves for an hour. What the hell, make it two hours. I know! It's like Christmas!
Great interview with the fantastic, 2008 Hugo nominee Cath Tregenna over at the BBC Writersroom. Cath is a superb writer, I absolutely adore her work. Very interesting to read about her writing process, too, especially now I'm learning about the acting side of it. So much so, I think for my next spec thing I'm going to give it a go, to see how different the results are for me. Anyway, go and read the interview, and then go and watch all her stuff.
And yes, my Twitter army know this, but I'll mention it here too: I'm doing a beginner's intro course in acting, purely to help with my writing. I want to know about every aspect of film-making - when you see a filmed, edited version of something you wrote, it's very educational to see what was trimmed, what slows it down, what speeds it up, and so on. And the actors always manage to bring something extra to it, because they have to become that person for a while. It's been really helpful already, I've picked up a few things that make me look at characters in a different way. I'll talk about it more when I've finished in a month or so. And this is just to help with the writing, so no, I won't be acting in anything I write, bloody hell. That way madness lies. If I ever appear on screen in my stuff, it'll be standing in the background, holding a spear, or something.
OMG, the cracking new Torchwood Children of Earth trailer is out! For everyone in the UK, and also for everyone in the US (and everywhere else). Much more stuff crammed in there, but still, you have no idea what is in store...
And before I continue, because it's commenting on big news, if anyone chooses to quote the next two paragraphs elsewhere, please don't paraphrase, and make sure you spell my name right...
A Soothsayer from my Pompeii episode has been cast as the new Doctor Who companion. She's called Karen Gillan, and I imagine her email inbox has just broken into millions of tiny pieces. Very pleased to see more details gradually coming out about the new series, I'm sure she'll be great.
However. I was very surprised and displeased to get lots of messages complaining that she's "too young", and that this is a bad thing for the show. To those people, I have this to say: She's an actress. HER AGE IN NO WAY AFFECTS THE QUALITY OF THE SHOW. It didn't turn into a comedy sketch show when Catherine Tate was hired. It didn't turn into a motel-based soap when Freema Agyeman was hired (her first job was on Crossroads). It didn't turn into a teen pop song show when Billie was hired. Seasons 1 and 2 didn't have Rose singing a song at the end of every episode, about how cute Timelord boys are. Season 3 didn't have the Doctor and Martha opening a motel. Season 4 didn't have Catherine Tate dressing up as sweary pensioners or donning lots of prosthetics. Karen Gillan is 21. Not 12. She's an adult. But it doesn't matter how old or young she is, or what parts she played before, or how tall or short she is, or what colour her hair is, or what her opinions on cheese are, or anything else. She's an actress, and a very good one. That's all you should be worried about.