TOBY WHITHOUSE ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS (PART 3)
Being Human creator Toby Whithouse is back to answer the final batch of questions asked by you guys, the fans. He's chosen the questions himself and the answers are entirely his own words. That's how Lord Toby rolls.
WorldsGayestNinja wrote: As Lauren put in Series 1: "You know all the things you were scared of as a kid, all the monsters under the bed? They're all real." Was there anything from your childhood you can remember being afraid of, that may or may not have influenced parts of the show?
Now that's an interesting one... I'm not sure if it's something that I was scared of, but certainly I always loved the notion of a secret world that existed just under the surface of our won world. I didn't like books or films or comics that were clearly taking place in a different world to mine. If it was my world, it meant I could daydream and imagine it really was happening, and obviously that's a theme I've tried to extend into Being Human.
But you've got me thinking about fears...
I guess I'm fascinated by, and a little afraid of, the notion of corrupt authority, because that makes me feel truly powerless. And I wonder if that was thinking behind making Herrick a policeman. There's nothing more frightening than malevolent authority - who do you turn to? To have someone that evil in a position of such power and more importantly trust is a horrifying thought.
You get a special prize for asking an interesting question. (There isn't a prize.)
aquamarine_jo wrote: What do you think of all the analysis and theories on twitter and various blogs and forums? Do you a) Throw things while shrieking how on earth did they miss that, it was so obvious!! b) Make copious notes in a small black book thinking I'd never have come up with THAT! c) Don't read them (except this one of course!) for reasons of sanity...
I absolutely love the passion and speculation of the fans. If I'm honest sometimes I have a little giggle when you all scuttle off down a blind alley. I remember reading a theory that the guy who delivered the pizza in episode 1 series 1 MUST BE A VAMPIRE because... I forget the reason. But it made sense to you.
Or when you see some graffiti on the wall of a location, you think we're giving you secret messages / hints. We're not. Someone just forgot to wipe the graffiti off the wall. Often you'll work out the end of a story, but just as often - you don't. Though there was one occasion when I thought "That's a better story than the one we've got" (no, I won't say what it was).
But most of the time I'm just a happy and bemused spectator.
Snowracer_247 wrote:What would happen if you took Toby Whithouse, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Joss Wheadon and locked them in a room for three days, during which they were only fed Twinkies? a) Would they come out carrying the most brilliant script for a TV-series ever? b) Would they try to stun eachother to death with witty remarks? c) Would the room simply explode due to overload of brilliant ideas? d) Would the accumulated wit negate eachother and result in something totally numb and pointless - like Tru Blood?
It's a terrifying image. Seriously I'd be too nervous to open my mouth. Those are heavyweight geniuses and if I'm honest I'd feel a bit of a fraud in their company. I wouldn't want to expose my shortcomings and so I'd be constantly trying to steer the conversation away from storylining, onto anecdotes and gossip.
HAz152 wrote: Will the characters of the becoming human web series make an appearance in being human?
Again, you'll have to wait and see, but certainly we've all been mightily impressed with the performances in Becoming Human and it's great to know that we have this perfect little ensemble there if we need them. I quite like cross-over episodes, but as it really depends on whether we can find the appropriate story.
DJ2JD wrote: Will we meet any of the "Old Ones"?
Well, we've already met two - Ivan and Hetty. But yes, we've got one more waiting in the wings...
Alanna wrote: Hindsight being what it is, is there anything from series 1 or 2 that you don't think worked out quite the way you wanted it to?
Blimey, what a question. Um, I think I'd do some of series 2 differently. Arguably I think it was a mistake to have our heroes oblivious to Kemp and Jaggat's evil plans for so long. I might even shift the reveal of Jaggat's identity to the end of episode 7, so the audience would be no further ahead of the plot than the characters.
But to be honest we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. I know I keep banging on about this, but series 3 has been a fantastic experience for me because we were able to utilize all the knowledge we'd gained over series 1 and 2. We knew what the pitfalls were, what our strengths are. And I think that's given this series a confidence we didn't have before and - I think - made it the best series we've ever done.