It’s those internet message boards. The forums. They destroy writers. The job is full of doubt already, but now there is a whole new level of fear, shouting at us. It is now a writer’s job, like it or not, to put up with it. It’s like when Helen Raynor went on Outpost Gallifrey last month and read the reviews of her two Dalek episodes.
She said that she was, literally, shaking afterwards. Like she’d been physically assaulted. I’m not exaggerating. She said it was like being in a pub when a fight breaks out next to you. I had to spend two hours on the phone to her, talking her out of it, convincing her that of course she can write, that we do need her and want her. That bastard internet voice gets into writers’ heads and destabilizes them massively.
The stupidest thing you can say is ‘Ignore it’, because no one can. Who can resist going in search of their name on the internet? Helen knows that now. It was the same with Murray Gold during Series One: a massive loss of faith after the first episode leaked onto the internet, because he read the Outpost Gallifrey comments about his music. He was saying, ‘I don’t know how to do my job anymore.’ Noel Clarke read the online reviews of his portrayal of Mickey, but at least he got angry. Yet none of them has been attacked as viciously as I’ve been.
I read that stuff and it doesn’t stop me, not ever. I’ve got quite high-flown and fancy beliefs about art that maybe put it all into perspective. Principally: it is not a democracy. Creating something is not a democracy. The people have no say. The artist does. It doesn’t matter what the people witter on about; they and their response come after. They’re not there for the creation. ... It was summed up best by Rachel Cooke in The Observer recently, where she said that the online voice writes with a deep sense of exclusion. She wrote about that with some anger, but also with a lot of sadness. I don’t see the sadness myself. I think its right they’re excluded.
Artw:"Bring back Madame Vastra!"
Rock Steady:"How bout her own spin-off series?"
Won't hurt innocents. In fact, will construct an artificial line around the whole town and will not enter it because entering town to pursue the target might put others in danger during that pursuit.
I'll kill everyone in town, even small children, if you don't give up the criminal before noon.
Rock Steady:"I really didn't mind the "wave sonic at a screen for a 30-second wrap-up", because that's really what just about every denouement in Doctor Who comes down to"
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