TOBY WHITHOUSE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS (PART 1)
Toby Whithouse, the god-like Being Human creator is here with his first batch of answers to your fantastic questions. More coming tomorrow...
Ok, so I've chosen my questions. But I also thought I'd do a kind of blanket answer to some of the others. You see, about 75% of the questions were "Will blah blah happen?" My answer to that - to all the questions regarding Nina being pregnant, Herrick's return, the reappearance of this or that character, the Mitchell / Annie romance - is simply: WAIT AND SEE.
I dunno. You people. One minute you're all upset because of all the spoilers, then next you're asking me what's going to happen!
The fact is, a lot of the fans don't want to know what the future holds, so for their benefit, I'll keep quiet.
There were also questions about getting the show broadcast in the US at the same time as here, whether there's gonna be a series 4, and if so how many episodes it'll have. Basically we have no control over any of those things. We've been granted incredible freedom by the BBC in terms of the content of each series, but whether it comes back or not isn't up to us. Obviously I'd like it to keep running for as long as we've got interesting stories to tell!
The question we'd have to ask ourselves is, can we do this in a way that doesn't compromise or contradict our own mythology? What's our angle on this creature? As you know, there's a zombie in ep 3. The reason we felt it was the right time to expand the universe in that direction is because we thought of the Being Human way of doing it. We'd never throw a new creature in just for the sake of it. It would have to be done in a way that's consistent with the tone and world of the show. So if we bring in a troll (I should point out that we currently have NO plans to bring in a troll), it'll be because we've worked out what a specifically Being Human troll would be.
joooos wrote: Will you consider giving yourself a little cameo in series 4? Or are you already in series 3?
Listen, I never shut up about being in the show. But Phil and Di Carling the casting director won't let me. So then I tell them that I can do what I want because technically I outrank them. The ensuing laughter can last for quite some time. To be fair, there are a few reasons why I couldn't and shouldn't be in it. Firstly I'd be taking a job from an actor who needs it more than I do. Also it would distract you all from the story. Instead of marveling at the majestic dialogue you'd suddenly shout at the TV "That's Toby! ... Or is it Chris de Burgh...?"
But mainly because the Being Human cast are so ridiculously good that I'd stick out like a sore thumb. And I'd probably look into the camera and wave or something.
FlyingMonkeys wrote: I'm a little confused at the ending of series 2 Why didn't Daisy use her blood to save Ivan and not Herrick? The way she and Ivan spoke about Mitchell and Herrick's relationship, I would've thought she didn't like him?
Oo, a nice question. But a difficult one to answer without giving away some plot for a coming episode... Oh, what the hell. Basically it was Cara who held the secret of resurrection - a secret, we discover, that was given to her by Herrick. Consequently she got to choose who she brought back to 'life'. Being reunited with Herrick would always be her prime objective.
tom asked what I thought of the US/Canada version.
I'm really happy about it. They haven't mistreated it in any way, though they've made it completely their own. They've taken bits from different episodes, moved storylines around and introduced new characters. For me, it's really exciting. I'm now watching Being Human as a fan. I don't know what's going to happen and that's really thrilling. I have to say, at first I was watching it through my fingers but once I realized that this was a show made with just as much love and thought as we made our version, it was actually a really enjoyable experience. The other thing is, inevitably they have to tell the stories differently because their seasons are so much longer. If they were going to slavishly adhere to the UK version, they would run out halfway through the series.
ewan wrote: Are there more than one type of werewolf? - Not breeds as we have been told McNair and Tom are different breeds. Types or levels. George stated he had no trouble digesting raw meat from the night before even from his first transformation to Tully who stated that he threw up the first few times. In the CenSSA Lab Lloyd notes that Nina's results were different to the other werewolves. Or is the answer something we should Debate?
Hmmm, it's an interesting thought... Though I think what Lloyd meant was, that her physiology is different to the other werewolves, just as mine is different to yours. He meant her blood type, blood pressure, height and weight, etc had to be factored into the calculations when determining what pressure to 'set' the chamber to. Regarding the raw meat, yeah, in ep 2 series 1, George couldn't stomach raw meet. But by ep 1 series 2, his digestive system had changed so that he could.