“I think there’s all those sort of elements to ‘Doctor Who’ where even if it’s complicated, even if there’s a lot of stuff going on, there will be some running and an explosion and some great gags and some pretty people,” said Executive Producer Steven Moffat. ”You’ll enjoy it. It’s always entertaining by every means possible.”
He then explained how not understanding specifics doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the story.
“I used to love, absolutely love the American show ‘West Wing.’ I never had a clue of what was going on in it because I didn’t understand anything about American politics. They all seemed to understand it, and that was fine by me. They’d walk very fast down long corridors and say really weak stuff and say, ‘We’ve got to do this with Congress and a thing.’ And I’d say, ‘What’s a Congress?’ Then they’d say, ‘We’ve done it. We’ve got an affidavit,’ or something. I’d say, ‘Aha, so relieved.’ ” That, I think, is the way ‘Doctor Who’ can work for anyone because it’s fun. If you don’t understand all of it, join the rest of the audience.”
And clearly it’s a game plan he wishes more viewers would follow.
“It’s the most fun you can have on your television,” he said about “Who.” ”I don’t know why there are people out there still not watching it.”
Doctor Who is endlessly charming, even when scary, dramatic, cheesy, thought-provoking, ridiculous. Endlessly charming and always fun.
At an acting master class, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Christopher Eccleston was asked why he left, such a high paid job like Doctor Who. He responded:
“I left Doctor Who, because I could not get along with the senior people. I left, because of politics. I did not see eye-to-eye, with them. I didn’t agree with the way things were being run.
I didn’t like the culture that had grown up, around the series. So, I left. I felt, over a principle. I thought to remain, which would have made me a lot of money and given me huge visibility, the price I would have had to pay, was to eat a lot of shit.
I’m not being funny about that. I didn’t want to do that and, it comes to the art of it, in a way. I feel that if you run your career and-we are vulnerable as actors and, we are constantly humiliating ourselves auditioning. But, if you allow that to go on, on a grand scale. You will loose, whatever it is about you and, it will be present in your work. If you allow your desire to be successful and visible and financially secure. If you allow that, to make you throw shades on your parents, on your upbringing, then you’re knackered.
You’ve got to keep something back, for yourself. Because, it’ll be present in your work. A purity or an idealism is essential, or, you’ll become-you’ve got to have standards, no matter how hard work that is. So, it makes it hard road, really. You know. It’s easy to find a job, when you’ve got no morals, you’ve got nothing to be compromised you can go ‘yeah, yeah. That doesn’t matter. That director can bully that prop man and, I won’t say anything about it’. But, then when that director comes to you and says ‘I think you should play it like this’. You’ve surely got to go ‘How can I respect you, when you behave like that?’
So, that’s why I left. My face didn’t fit and, I’m sure they were glad to see the back of me. The important thing is that I succeeded. It was a great part. I loved playing him. I loved connecting with that audience. Because I’ve always acted for adults and the suddenly, your acting for children. Who are far more tasteful, they will not be bullshitted. It’s either good, or it’s bad. They don’t schmooze at after show parties, with cocktails”
I’ve got a great deal of respect for you, Chris. I feel a bit sheepish in saying that I hope that that bad experience doesn’t stop you from doing more work with the franchise at some point (different production crew now, and hey, Big Finish), but whatever you decide to do, I hope you’re happy and you get all the interesting work you deserve. Because you’re a talented mofo.
Och, I’m pretty sure you’ve always wanted to see me eat sandwiches. Well… I’m feeling pretty hungry today today so go to Scotland then sign up for cooking classes an’ find my best friend’s box with “Police Public Call Box” on it. I dinnae have any recipes, but I want you to guess who I am an’ then feed me an’ have a good cling. Good luck.
Anon, I want to lay you down in a field of flowers and tenderly read books to you.
Let me start off with some disclaimers, alright? Because I excel at making people upset.
If you dislike Snape, chances are you won’t like this post because this was meant to sort of… counter-balance all the Snape-distaste that I’ve been seeing, because I’m really fond of him. Alternately, if you do like Snape, you probably also will not like this post because I agree with some of the Snape-distaste and I make a point of him being an ass.
So basically this will make everyone unhappy, unless you are neutral about the character as a whole. Go me.
Also, I probably won’t be able to give precise examples mainly because I haven’t read the books in a long time as I gave them to my little brother. As I think it should be, otherwise they would be stuck in storage somewhere and that is not the place for a book. I really cannot be arsed to go back downstate to mum’s to steal the books back from my baby bro in order write a thing on the internet. Please forgive any gross inaccuracies where my brain has failed me, etc. Note: It probably has. Don’t read this.
Oop, well, now even the neutral parties are unhappy. Shit, y’all, I am on fire today.
This blog will be spoiler free in regards to Deathly Hallows part 2 (or at least properly tagged and under a “read more”) at least through the weekend, possibly longer.
It would be cool if everyone could respect other people’s aversion to spoilers and also tag properly for those who can’t see it at midnight. This is a major moment in some of our lives and, please be respectful.