Thursday, October 30, 2008


And I'm back!

First, the bad news. Just to get it out there. David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who. My time-traveling-kilt-fantasies are withering away. This is just so unfair, and such a sucky way to start the day. Sorry to do this to you.

(OK, I'm perfectly aware that many of you do not partake of Who-love. But I do, and this is HUGE! Huge, I say!)

His words on the subject (imagine the Scottish accent, it makes it better):
It would be very easy to cling on to the Tardis console for ever and I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will.
OK...back to real linkspam and away from my crying Scottish heart...

Nathan Bransford is reading my mind and asking my questions. As he has a (much) bigger audience than me, there promises to be a wider discussion on the subject.

Sherman Alexie was on Stephen Colbert last night
. Although basically nothing was said about his novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Alexie did end the discussion with a zinger so amazing that it left Colbert speechless...which is quite an acoomplishment.

Christy's talking about revisions.
So go talk, too.

And speaking of revisions...Joss Wheedon (squee!) is talking about them, too, with his in-the-works-show, Dollhouse. Considering how I think he's the most brilliant writer (almost) ever, this is pretty cool. Even he agonizes over revising:
So back into the writer cave I went, wondering why I put up with this when I can make literally dozens of dollars making internet movies. Why I do put up with this is divided into three parts.

One: They're not wrong. Oh, we don't see eye-to-eye on everything, but wanting the first episodes to be exciting and accessible is not exactly Satanic. ...

Two: Nothing essential has changed about the universe. The ideas and relationships that intrigued me from the start are all there (though some have shifted, more on that), and the progression of the first thirteen eps has me massively excited. The episode we're shooting now I wrote as fast as anything I have before, not because I had to (although, funny side-note: I had to) but because I couldn't stop the words from coming. Because I can feel the show talking to me; delighting, scaring and occasionally even offending me. It's alive. Alive! Which is a far cry from how I felt a month ago.....
Finally, BBC (*sigh*DavidTennant) is starting up a new show that looks quite good, hope BBCA will pick it up (go check out the picture for this, it's pretty intriguing):
Merlin (BBC One)
No Robin Hood this autumn (that’s back in the new year); Saturday teatimes will instead get a magical, Arthurian makeover. Colin Morgan will star as the fledgeling wizard, opposite Richard Wilson, Anthony Head, Michelle Ryan and a dragon sounding suspiciously like John Hurt.
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