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John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori & Julie Gardner (2008)

January 7, 2010

Here’s a heavily edited version of the Torchwood panel at the Comic Con in San Diego, with John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Julie Gardner talking about both Doctor Who and Torchwood. They talk about sex, how the show was commissioned and how Barrowman reacted when he found out that Captain Jack might be the Face of Boe.

Edit: You can watch the panel here, including a link to a full transcript. Definitely worth watching the video if you get a chance.

Q: Torchwood is such a fascinating show, and it’s certainly more sexed-up than ‘Doctor Who’.

Julie Gardner: All I can say is Thank God Steven Moffat’s left the panel. I can’t think of what we’d do. We’d be back on his dating stories.

John Barrowman: I don’t know. I mean… I don’t know if you’d call it more sexed-up. I think it’s just… alright… But doesn’t it just reflect kind of real life and what foes on with the human… you know, your human condition and everything. We all have partners, we all have relationships, we all have ups and downs. We all flirt. You know, behind other people’s backs. Everybody does it, and Torchwood just kind of covers that.

Q: We all sleep with aliens.

JB: It’s funny, because a lot of people always say to me about Captain Jack, you know, he’s a sex maniac, he’s always doing things with other people. Jack doesn’t really do anything.

JG: He keeps his coat on.

JB: Yes. Coat sex. Safe sex.

Gareth David-Lloyd: Episode eleven? There was no coat in the naked hide and seek.

JB: No, there wasn’t. Actually, that was very funny when we filmed that because both Gareth and I were very worried about how everything showed, weren’t we Gareth?

GDL: Back fat.

JB: Back fat! That whole sequences it was… ’cause we have a laugh when we do stuff like that. You don’t touch or do anything weird, but I’m actually, my hand’s groping his thigh.

GDL: I accidentally put my hands down your pants, didn’t I?

JB: Yes, you did. Very funny. I enjoyed it.

Q: Why don’t you tell us a little something about your characters?

Naoko Mori: I love Tosh. I mean everyone… you know, I have a lot in common with Tosh, in that I’m a bit of a geek. But geeks rule the world, and I love her because even though she’s not very good at expressing herself, what I love about her is that she’s going through it, you know, she’s learning about herself and coming out of her shell, and that whole journey of her becoming more sort of aware of herself, and understanding herself. That kind of thing I really love. She’s a late bloomer.

JG: She’s dead!

NM: She’s been very academically driven. I loved playing her, getting to know herself and becoming more of a rounded person.

GDL: I like the mysterious elements to Ianto’s character, the fact that you don’t really know a hell of a lot about him. You haven’t seen his flat, or where he lives, or any of his background. And that sort of makes him a bit more mysterious, a bit more interesting, and a bit more fun to play. And he gets to shag the leading man, so that’s good, isn’t it? That gets me a lot of attention.

JB: The thing I love about Jack is that he’s mysterious. When we first met Jack back in the world of Doctor Who, Jack himself was not a very likeable person. But I like the way that Jack became more human… for his love of humanity. He feels it’s important to rescue, to save the day, and if it means the death of one person to save thousands… boom! Gone! And that’s his kind of attitude. There’s a lot of John Barrowman in Captain Jack. (laughs) I just realised what I said.

GDL: There’s a lot of Ianto in there as well.

JB: The thing about Jack, what I’m so bowled over by and it’s partially because of you guys and everybody out there, how iconic he has become and also that he’s a hero and there’s nothing better in the world than playing a hero, and I am every day when I get up to go to work and film, you know, whether I’ve had a bad day before, or whatever, I’m not feeling in a good mood, I absolutely, you know, I love playing that character.

Q: Now that we know that Jack is the Face of Boe, and that he’s had millions of children, isn’t it time that Jack and Ianto got married and started a family?

JG: Season six, season seven…

JB: Jack said before, I’ve been pregnant once, and I’m never gonna do that again.

Q: How does the new format of season three of Torchwood make it different from the previous two seasons?

JG: Well, we wanted to do, I mean I’m sure most of you know we’re doing five episodes and one huge story. So there’s a ticking clock. It’s a really tight time span. It’s one big meaty story that’s told across five episodes. Big event. It’s really about pushing Torchwood into new territory. The team’s never been under this much streess, in this much trouble. John, what’s your sense of it?

JB: My sense is that, I read it on an aeroplane and I don’t like to fly. I was totally engrossed in it, forgot I was on a plane, absolutely incredibly action-packed. I was shocked at things that were going to happen, and the way the story progresses.

JG: Bad things happen. And Russell T. Davies has written that episode, we’re four weeks away from shooting so it’s getting really exciting.

Q: When you got the first script for Torchwood, the very first one, what was your first initial emotional response?

NM: After I calmed down about the fact that I could be working with Russell T. Davies, and I kind of fell off the sofa and started frothing and getting very excited, the biggest thing that struck me and got me excited was that it’s not just sci-fi. It has so many other elemenets. There’s something in it for everyone, even if you don’t like sci-fi. There’s drama, there’s comedy, there’s proper story arcs.

GDL: I’d read an article quite a way before I got offered the audition for Torchwood and I was really excited by the idea that it was set in the Who universe, but there’s lots of swearing and sex, and then I got offered the audition and I was over the moon. I’ve never worked so hard on an audition in my life. And it was only the first couple of episodes, only a couple of lines, but I went over those lines over and over and over again. I was blown away and very excited about the whole thing.

JB: Well I was already Captain Jack. How did I feel? I’ll tell you how I felt when I was told about the series: Aaaargh! I’ve got my own series and I’m gonna be an action here and I might get my own figure and doll and everything will be really cool, because I’m a geek and I love science fiction, and Julie can vouch for that because she was there.

JG: I was there and we were in a public space, we were not in private. And that’s the critical thing about this story. We were in a bar, in a hotel in Central London.

JB: It’s one of the best things in the world. Every script we get, every script we read, it’s going on an adventure and I know I speak for the other cast members but we’re little kids inside, living out dream every day.

Q: John, what was it like studying acting with Sara and Andy Barnicle?

JB: (laughs) I didn’t study with Sara, but I studied with Andy. He was my acting teacher at university. And the thing I liked about him was that he used to challenge me in a way that he’d make me get really pissed off and want to prove him wrong. He kind of put us in the attitude that, you know, we were wasting our time and blah blah blah… Look where I am now! Andy’s a really good teacher.

Q: John, any chance of you playing Captain America?

JB: Captain America is one of my absolute favourite super heroes, along with the typical Superman and all that kind of stuff. I’m from that era and that generation. I would love to play Captain America. In fact, my manager is sitting over there and he’s probably now just sent off an e-mail to the studio or whoever to let them know.

Q: One of my favourite episodes this season was ‘Fragments’. I was wondering how much information you got before the script, and what were your reactions when you found out the new information?

JG: I don’t think we told them.

JB: When I get the scripts, it’s sometimes a few days or even a week before I get back to Julie.

JG: There’s silence.

JB: There’s silence. And that’s not because I don’t want to read them. I like to wait as long as possible so when I get to it, it’s fresh, otherwise I have a preconceived way that I’m playing stuff. So with ‘Fragments’ and any of the other scripts, I sometimes wait until just before the read-through before I actually look at it. And i trust so much in the writers. Sometimes, a director may ask us to do something that we might not think is part of the character, and we’ll discuss that. But script-wise… I love going back into the past.

JG: We’ve got to talk about that moment where you just discovered that you were the Face of Boe. We talked a bit about this earlier, and Naoko remembers the whooping.

NM: It’s like you could hear him over the valleys of Wales. Glass shattering…

JB: I was with David at the time, ’cause we were… David was on set filming and we were doing Torchwood and I was filming something with David and David said to me ‘Have you read it? Have you read it?’. I said no, I haven’t read it yet, now go away and I’ll read it, and he came back later ‘Have you read it? Have you read it?’… David! No, I haven’t read it! So I thought lunchtime I’ll read it. So I sat and I read it, and I went up to his trailer and went ‘David! I read it! Oh my God!’ and we both went ‘Can you believe it?’. For me, talking as a fan now, it changed the whole dynamic with the relationship between Jack and the Doctor. Because of him, you know, thinking… the Doctor not thinking Jack was right and shouldn’t exist, yet he has been going to him for advice… It totally changed everything. Yeah. Such a brilliant idea.

JG: What about you, Naoko? To discover that Tosh was once in an orange jumpsuit, in a secret prison?

NM: Like John said, we trust the writers so much, and these guys know our characters inside out and then some. That’s one of my favourite episodes and it just totally made sense, you know, why she would go. You would go to that length if someone, if your family member was treated like that. You’d do anything. You’d give an arm and a leg to save them. It made sense. And I loved how they got together. It was one of my favourites.

Q: In the last two episodes of season two, they mention that Captain Jack is underground for 2,000 years. How is that going to be portrayed in the following seasons?

JG: I think it’s something the character carries with him. We’re talking about suffering. How does he sustain himself for 2,000 years in the ground? That would take a lot of mental strength.

JB: I wanted to give the sense that Jack could slow himself down. He could put himself into a trance and he was basically going to put himself into a trance and never come out of it. He knows he’s going to be found. They were chucking dirt in my face. And Lachlan, who played my brother Gary, and everyone, they were shovelling dirt in my face. They’re like Okay, it’s time to get Barrowman back for his tricks. Even the crew were starting to chuck dirt on me. But I did make them go and buy freshly-bagged dirt.

Q: John, going back to the end of Doctor Who season one, when you found out that Captain Jack dies and then he’s coming back, how did you react?

JB: I was ecstatically excited. I didn’t think I was coming back when they told me I was going to be shot. I prepared myself to move on. Then when I was told I’d be coming back, but it would be in series three, I was absolutely ecstatic.

Q: Will we ever see the bachelor adventures of the Face of Boe?

JB: That’s kind of sick. You’re talking about a head in a jar. Unless someone carries him around, saying ‘Hello, meet my friend Boe’. What I’m really intrigued about is how he becomes a head.

David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner & Euros Lyn

December 12, 2009

Here’s a transcript of the July 2009 ComicCon panel in which David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner and Euros Lyn discussed the show, with an emphasis on the then-upcoming End of Time finale for the Tenth Doctor.

Q: There have been a lot of rumours that there’s going to be an announcement about a Doctor Who movie. Is there any truth in that?

Julie Gardner: I’m going to start with the bad news. We’re not making any announcement about a Doctor Who movie. I don’t know where the rumours started. But it’s made us think, maybe it’d be a good thing to do at some point.

Q: Can you give us a sense of the cultural capital of the show in Britain, and the way it’s been treated – and the way it might not have been treated? Because here it’s something you go to a cable station for. In your country, it’s a Saturday night TV event.

David Tennant: Well it certainly was when we were all kids, as well, and it’s something that I grew up obsessed with, really. So it’s very strange to be sitting here, aged 38, in it. But yes, it’s part of the race memory in Britain, I think, and we all grew up with it.

Russell T. Davies: If you go to Britain, it’s Daleks in shops and people in T-shirts and people talking about it. They’re counting the Doctor Who references, and it’s at least four a day, in any show.

DT: It’s overwhelming. You go into a supermarket and your face is on a cake, and T-shirts, and childrens’ pants. Which isn’t something that they prepare you for at drama school. It’s difficult to get objective about, to feel how important it is for people, which is why it’s important to come here and show the trailer and get the response, because we love making the show so much.

Q: Euros and Julie, were you fans?

Euros Lyn: I was a huge fan. Watching the show in Wales, which is a quiet littleĀ  corner of the United Kingdom, little did I imagine that I’d be turning Swansea and Cardiff into the rest of the universe!

JG: I didn’t really watch the show, but when I was fortunate enough to take over, Russell gave me a homework list. It was Russell’s favourite episodes. City of Death, for me, the Tom Baker story, I just loved it, and from the moment of watching that story, I thought there was so much we could do with it. It’s so fun, it’s so mad.

Q: Is the new show a fulfilment of the original, or is it a left turn from the original?

DT: It’s the same show! And the story continues, absolutely. I’m playing the same man that William Hartnell was playing. I just have a slightly different wig.

Q: Did you try to incorporate other Doctors into your performance?

DT: Not very consciously, but having grown up immersed in the show, I think there are elements in there. But there’s a responsibility to make the character new. It’s not like James Bond or Tarzan, reborn in the same mould. It’s beholden on you to break the mould (with Doctor Who) and make this a new man.

Q: Euros, can you address how you craft different approaches to different stories? You directed two consecutive episodes that went from millions of years in the future to Victorian England. How do you approach that?

EL: I think we set out to give different stories different looks, and we always start with the script. That’s our guiding light. Taking the stories in those radically different directions demands that you treat them in different ways. And yet, the adventures, the excitement, the humour, we hope each of the stories have. There’s a huge breadth in what we do.

Q: How do you make a show that looks so different every week?

JG: We go over budget. Russell’s a great writer, so he comes to me at the beginning of each season and plans out a range of stories, and part of that is a practical discussion as well as a creative discussion. We discuss how many stunts we can have, how many special effects, and we balance it. You’ll often see that in a run of thirteen episodes, there’ll be a smaller episode which helps us then pay for the Christmas special. So we do little tricky things like that, we double back so that we have two units working at the same time. We work very hard, we call in a lot of favours and a lot of love.

Q: I get the impression that there’s an incredible amount of dedication and love involved. You all seem to love each other immensely. Can you talk about that?

DT: It’s true. There’s a lot of passion. I think a lot of that’s because people grew up loving it, and now they find themselves working on it. We manage to expand our budget because of the goodwill of people working on it, and we benefit greatly from that legacy, I think.

Q: Was there a moment when you realised that you were on to something that was bigger than you expected it to be?

RTD: I suppose, I think when the history of Doctor Who is written, people will talk about Julie Gardner. We had an ambition. It’s not a bad budget, within the BBC, a Dickensian organisation, labyrinthine… Believe it or not, Julie has to raise the money from scratch every year. It comes from different sources all the time, and it’s so complicated I can barely begin to follow it. I thought we’d have a great big one year, then we’d collapse and be taken off the screen!

JG: Russell always thought big. From the moment it started, he was talking about the stories, about the big production team, and things like ‘We’re going to have blockbuster trailers’, and that was the key word, blockbuster. We were thinking about Saturday primetime, about how to make it mainstream.

RTD: We never, ever dreamt we’d be successful. I mean, this is gobsmacking.

Q: David, there’s a rumour that the reason you wear a brown coat in the show is that you’re a fan of Firefly.

DT: Well I’ve never heard that one before! There’s a new rumour every day at ComicCon. Apparently I’m playing the Hobbit! I love Firefly, I love Serenity, they’re excellent. That wasn’t the inspiration for the coat, if I’m honest. Russell and Julie will tell you that when I was first asked if I wanted to do it, the first thing I said was ‘Can I have a really long coat?’, so it was just as basic as that.

Q: If you could be any other Doctor, who would you choose to be?

DT: Splendid chaps, all of them. I think that’s the traditional answer to that question.

Q: What was the best part of working on Doctor Who?

DT: We get asked this all the time, and it genuinely feels wrong to choose, because each episode is such an individual thing, so unique, with a different cast and a different set-up, and a wonderful script each time, it just feels wrong to choose. For me, it’s been the most wonderful four years I’ll probably ever experience. I’ll take away so many wonderful memories. And that’s before I’ve even seen the final episode.

Q: They say you never forget your first Doctor. Who was your first Doctor? And give us some advice, how did you deal with the trauma of him being replaced, of him regenerating? Because that’s what we’re all going to go through.

RTD: I can actually remember William Hartnell changing into Patrick Troughton. I was just at the right age for Tom Baker, because I was eleven. We all love Tom Baker! But the change coming up is quite traumatic. When we showed the last episode to Murray Gold, our composer, about two days ago… Euros, over to you.

EL: We’d been music-spotting the last story, and we’d reached the last twenty minutes of the final episode, and Murray starts shaking and sobbing uncontrollably, which I think is what you’re all going to do when you see this episode. It’s overwhelming, get your tissues ready.

RTD: He will knock four times. That’s all we’re going to say. (laughs)

JG: There was a lot of crying when we shot the episodes. The crew were really, really moved by it. And there were so many goodbyes. Every day, you said goodbye to someone. It was weeks of goodbyes.

DT: I grew up with Tom Baker. I was obsessed with him and idolised him, and I couldn’t conceive of what it would be like when he moved on. And I never forgot him and I never stopped loving him, but then Peter Davison came along and within three weeks I thought he was the best, so I think it’s part of what makes this show go on forever, you know, that hopefully you’ll watch the final episodes, you’ll come on the journey with us, and then in a few weeks you’ll think Matt Smith’s the greatest thing there’s ever been, and that’s how it should be. Because he is! I think change is part of the show, and I’m very very proud to be part of the history, but I’m also very proud that we’re handing it over in rude health. And that it carries on!

Q: We heard that John Barrowman has stolen some things from the set of Doctor Who. We were wondering, what have you stolen from the set?

JG: I think John Barrowman just stole things from the set so he could be strip-searched on the way out.

RTD: Actually, funnily enough, something did go missing, because one of the Doctor’s jackets has gone. Someone took one of his jackets!

DT: There’s a sequence in one of the final episodes – am I giving too much away? – where one of the jackets gets slightly… compromised. And we were doing the before and after, we were swapping between the two jackets, it was the very last day, the very last thing we did. And in all the hoo-ha of the goodbyes, Barbara Harrington, who looks after my costumes with a passionate indefatigability, turned around and nearly had a heart attack because one of the jackets had disappeared! So eBay is being scoured. But it wasn’t me!

Q: David, is there any possibility that you’d come back for charity specials, or even a movie?

DT: Who knows? I mean, the dust has to settle, but… I don’t know, it’s the fiftieth anniversary in 2013, isn’t it? I don’t know. That’s not me making an announcement! There’s no plans! Don’t Twitter that! It’s not a thing. Yet.

Q: Do you all have a favourite assistant? Not an actress, but an assistant.

DT: Again, can you imagine if we… I have to say the one thing I leave the show with a slight sadness about is that I didn’t get to snog Bernard Cribbins. Or am I just winding you up? You haven’t seen the episode yet…

Q: I was just about to say, would you ever return as the other Doctor? The one who’s with Rose?

DT: There are no plans. Anything can happen.

Q: What was it like working with Nicholas Courtney in the Big Finish audio UNIT stories?

DT: Oh, yes, Nicholas Courtney. A legend. For anyone who’s not up to speed, I did a couple of audio stories with Nicholas Courtney long before I was in Doctor Who on television, and I was in awe, to be honest with you. He’s the nicest man you could hope to meet, and I just sort of sat there looking in awe at him, thinking ‘It’s the Brigadier!’, so I’m a huge fan of his, and what a wonderful man he is. Brilliant.

Q: I know you don’t want to pick favourites in Doctor Who, but as a fan, what was something that was really exciting for you? Either in the show, or other shows.

DT: (smiles) I’ll tell you what it was. When I first started, the read-through, we read three episodes, we read The Christmas Invasion, School Reunion and New Earth all at once. Terrifying. It seemed that everyone who had ever worked for the BBC turned up for that interview and sat there taking notes. I spent the first hour thinking ‘Clearly I’m going to be sacked any minute’. I kept thinking I caught Jimmy Nesbitt out of the corner of my eye, or Michael Sheen having a cup of coffee, the replacements lining up… So we read them, I think we read them out of order, we read ‘The Christmas Invasion’ first, then ‘School Reunion’, then ‘New Earth’, and halfway through, this voice from my childhood was calling me ‘Doctor’. Being called the Doctor by Sarah Jane, that was quite special.

JG: Can we do a quick plug at this point? Because David’s Doctor is coming up in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

RTD: And this is new: that episode is called The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith.

Q: David, how much fun was it to do the lap on Top Gear, and do you think you’ll always hold the title of the fastest Doctor on four wheels?

DT: It was fun. But. It’s forever blighted by the fact that I’m 0.2 of a second on that leaderboard behind Billie Piper, and the only reason I’m behind Billie Piper – who got a five second penalty – is that she was wearing a see-through top, so Jeremy Clarkson bumped her up the leaderboard. And if Billie Piper didn’t have such good breasts, I’d be higher up the leaderboard.

Q: I was lucky enough to see you on stage in Stratford-upon-Avon. I believe the recording is coming out on the BBC. As an alumnus of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has you experience in an Elizabethan role affected the way you approach playing the Doctor, and if so, in what ways?

JG: Well David, you did of course meet Shakespeare in an episode of Doctor Who. And I’m sure that informated your interpretation going on to Hamlet!

DT: I think it’s hard to know what kind of actor you are, and if I’d done different things prior to doing Doctor Who, would I have done it any differently? It’s difficult to be objective about it. I mean, there’s a great tradition of great Shakesperean actors playing the Doctor. Chris did Hamlet shortly before he did Doctor Who, I think. Tom Baker was a very fine Macbeth, Sylvester McCoy’s just played the Fool in Lear. I don’t know, maybe that’s just because we’re all hoary old luvvies. I have no conclusion to make, but I’m going to think about it, I’ll get back to you on that.

Q: David, I was wondering what sort of roles we can expect to see you in over the next few years in film and television?

DT: I don’t think I’m in Harry Potter any more. I think I dropped dead. I got my soul sucked out or something. Well apparently I’m playing the Hobbit! I haven’t had a phone call yet! I’ve no idea. I’m doing a film at the moment, playing a villain, in St. Trinians 2. Hamlet’s coming out. And beyond that, who knows? I think James Bond’s taken. He’s very good, and he’s very tough. He can take me.

Q: Prior to the new series, it was hard to find Americans who even knew what Doctor Who was. Were you surprised by the explosion in popularity in America when the new series came out?

JG: I think we’re still struggling to work out how big it is. I mean, Russell and David, you’ve done a lot of press in the last couple of days, how has it felt to you?

DT: Well, we went on Good Morning San Diego this morning. Is that what it was called? Something like that. We were met by a man in a T-shirt, with a TARDIS on the front. I don’t know, it’s hard to quantify it. It seems that the people who know it in America, really know it.

RTD: You get told it’s unknown here, but then you open up Entertainment Weekly and it’s show of the week.So it’s hard to tell.

DT: It feels like something is coming. It feels like we’re reaching America now. They’re going to show the episodes much more closely now. So yeah, I think we’re coming, but keep prosletysing!

Q: Russell, I know you’re leaving Doctor Who, but I was wondering if you have any future plans for Torchwood?

RTD: I hope so. We were astonished by the success of that last series, so I really really hope so. I can’t give you an answer, because we’re having meetings at the moment. We’re in the middle of a recession, but we really hope so. But maybe the ones you want won’t be back. If you’re dead, you’re dead.

Q: Mr. Davies, why did you cast Captain Jack as an American?

RTD: We really singled John out for that part, but we didn’t say it had to be American, we knew he can do a Scottish accent, and he can do an English accent, so he came in, we were really targeting him, he did it in an American accent, in a Scottish accent, in an English accent – we taped it, we should have kept it – and in the end it made it feel bigger to have an American accent, he would have done whatever we wanted. But we went with the American accent. It was World War Two when he was introduced, you had the American soldiers in Britain, it just felt right. Little knowing then, of course, that Captain Jack would then have his own show, Torchwood. And of course, having an American in the lead of a British show is very rare. They say not to do it, that we want British people in British parts, and John proved them all wrong because that’s how marvellous he is! Don’t tell him I said that.

Q: Is the difference between each Doctor more based on the actor’s perspective, or is it in the writing? Do you write each Doctor differently, or is it just played differently?

RTD: I don’t think I write them very differently, I think if you looked at a ninth Doctor script and a tenth Doctor script, the Doctor’s doing more or less the same thing. There are differences, but in a way, in some ways, when I’m writing I don’t even think of David. It’s been a joy, when you cast someone like David, Chris, Billie, Freema, Catherine… cast well, and your imagination goes to the horizon. So that’s been a great joy, the freedom to go anywhere, because the cast is so good.

Q: Is there any chance that River Song might come back?

DT: It’s not on our watch any more.

RTD: I think if you go online and do a little search for River Song, you might be very happy. Apparently.

Q: I was wondering if you could comment on the rumoured return of Gallifrey and the Time Lords, and would you consider coming to Gallifrey One?

RTD: Rumours… I don’t know what you mean. I will tell you, in the trailer you saw earlier, the voice at the beginning was Timothy Dalton. I really don’t know what you mean, you’ll just have to watch. And I’m sure one day we’ll get invited to conventions, when we have the time.

DT: John Simm’s coming back though, eh?

RTD: And Alexandra Moen as Lucy Saxon. She’s back.

Q: David, do you have any words of wisdom for Matt Smith about how much impact the role of the Doctor’s going to have on his personal life?

DT: I’ve chatted to Matt a couple of times, and he’s very enthused and full of energy, he’s quite clearly going to be brilliant, which is annoying – no it isn’t! No, it’s brilliant that Matt is doing it. There’s nobody in Britain who’s worked with Matt who doesn’t praise him. I don’t think he needs any advice from me. I mean, Doctor Who’s a big thing in Britain, it’s populist in a way that few shows are, so you do get a certain amount of attention, some of which is very nice and some of which is a little on the intrusive side. But he’ll cope, because he’s bright, he’s down to Earth, he doesn’t need any advice from me.

Q: David, in the episode where you play a teacher for the school, and you’re trying to defeat these kind of dinosaur creatures, if you were a real teacher, what would you teach and why?

DT: You save the hard ones for last, don’t you? I have absolutely no idea. The only subject I was really good at, at school was English, and my set texts would be anything by Russell T. Davies.