- Interviewer: Did you have a background for him worked out in your own heads?
- Verity Lambert: No, I had no idea. We had this mystery character, who didn’t have a background, who was just there, and could have been anything, and that was actually more interesting than trying to give him a background. At that point we wanted him to be a mystery. If he’d stolen the ship, were they in the hands of some lunatic?
- Russell T Davies: But would William Hartnell say ‘Where am I from? What’s my background?’
- Verity Lambert: Well, I think we said to him ‘You know where you’re from, but you never let on. And the fact is we don’t know if you’re a criminal. Maybe you are a criminal. Would you like to be a criminal?’ (laughs) We spent hours and hours trying to find an explanation for Time And Relative Dimension In Space…
- Russell T Davies: Did you? Marvelous!
- Verity Lambert: Finally after about two days of headbashing I said we’re not going to explain it! There is no explanation, and if we don’t give one, people will accept it. I mean, it’s bigger on the inside – how can you ever explain that? So we didn’t. And nobody ever asked!
- Russell T Davies: No, you never do. It’s just like Narnia and the wardrobe.
Anonymous asked: are there any downsides to having lesbian parents? like were you ever bullied for it when you were little?
well this annoying thing happens like every day:
Literally my main worry these days
Maybe my kids could just call me Mapes, it starts with the same letter
but wait, mummy and mapes? sounds weird.
answers on a postcard, people.