Saturday, September 15, 2012

Doctor Who - SFX Magazine: Writer Toby Whithouse Interview

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SFX MAGAZINE: Doctor Who “A Town Called Mercy” Writer Toby Whithouse Interviewed

The Being Human creator takes the Doctor, Amy and Rory to the Wild West in the third episode of Doctor Who‘s new season

by Richard Edwards
September 10 2012

Q: Was it you or Steven Moffat who came up with the idea to send the Doctor to the Old West?

Toby Whithouse: "It was Steven’s idea – he said he wanted to do a Wild West episode because this year, certainly for the first half of the series, it’s these big kind of movie marquee ideas. The pitch he gave was just, “There’s a town that is being terrorised by some kind of robot.” It was much the same as when I did “The God Complex”. Steven’s pitch was that the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves in a hotel where the geography keeps shifting and it’s like a maze. And in that instance my first thought was, “Okay, a maze, that kind of reminds me of the story of the minotaur.” And with the robot terrorising the town, I thought about what it was in the town that the robot wants. What if it’s a person? Then the idea kind of fell out from there..."

... Q: Was it exciting to get an international sci-fi star like Ben Browder in there?

Toby Whithouse: "Absolutely. It’s amazing that Doctor Who can attract these international stars. He was fantastic. I was really, really pleased that we got him because it’s an odd part, that character Isaac, and you need somebody who has ... Ben has this rather beautiful innate nobility that he manages to just convey, very simply and very economically. It was absolutely how I saw the character, so I was really thrilled with him, and delighted with his performance..."


Doctor Who's 'A Town Called Mercy,' airs Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9/8C on BBC America.


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