Which other sci-fi or fantasy shows do you regard in the same league as Doctor Who and why?
That’s a tough question. For sheer longevity, I guess you have to talk about Star Trek, which re-invents itself for each passing generation.
For engaging characters, it’s Buffy and Angel, even after all this time.
But there’s nothing like Who. The old cliché about the format being infinitely flexible is only a cliché because it works. Nothing is as adaptable as Doctor Who. Nothing at all.
What has made you such a huge fan and eventual contributor to the comic strip medium?
The comics actually helped me become a fan of Doctor Who. I'd watched the show since Tom Baker was the Doctor but started to read Doctor Who Monthly around the time of the Fifth Doctor. I immediately fell in love with the strip, an obsession that only grew during the Sixth Doctor's tenure. I adored the Sixth Doctor's comic run. Frobisher. Voyager. Sheer brilliance. I was already a comic fan, so they really helped cement my love for Who. And then there was the Marvel US reprints of the Four Doctor strips. I became obsessed with collecting back issues, which lead me into the wonderful world of Doctor Who merchandise and books and underpants and... Basically I was doomed.
As soon as I started to write Doctor Who professionally, I knew I wanted to write Who comics, and eventually I've got there.
How did you get involved in this mini-series project for Titan?
What do you regard as the Ninth Doctor's 3 biggest strengths?
And his 3 biggest weaknesses?
Intolerance, at times.
Women (seriously, he is such a flirt)
When Doctor Who was first brought back in 2005 could you really have imagined what a colossal hit it has gone on to become?
Does the Ninth Doctor regard Rose as anymore than a really close friend - (the TV show could be quite ambiguous at times)?
You have Captain Jack on the TARDIS crew in your story. Do you enjoy the slightly uneasy relationship that he has had with the Doctor, and why do you think the tension is there?
What was the main inspiration for the mini-series (apart from the lone TV season that featured Christopher Eccleston)?
Why do you think Doctor Who has endured for over half a century, and what makes it so suitable for other mediums than just the television?
Are the Daleks your favourite monsters, and if not which are// and if so why (delete as applicable)
They are. I know, I know, how predictable, right? It’s because they're the ultimate foil for the Doctor. He's about freedom and self-destiny, they're about control and domination.
But the Zygons come a close second in my eyes, because, well, they're awesome. I mean look at them. Suckers. Teeth. Control panels that look like pizza toppings.
Apart from your considerable fictional body of work, you have done some non-fiction. Which of these projects has been the most rewarding for you?