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Interview with Twisted Showcase
writer Robin Bell

(2nd October 2017)


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Interview with Peter Stray of Canaries movie


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Interview with Kevin McCurdy



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Interview with Nicholas Pegg

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Interview with Ben Foster

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Interview with A K Benedict

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Interview with Scott Handcock




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Interview with Matthew Campbell of

Campbell Celebrity Booker


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Interview with Costume Designer, Ray Holman

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In Conversation with George Mann

By Tony J Fyler

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Interview with Peter Symonds
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Interview with The Cleaners aka
Justin Walters & Craig Handley

By DJ Forrest


‘This is the story of two brothers who run a crime scene clean-up business, when it suddenly takes a downturn, brought on by his dad’s death. This story brings out the human form at it most desperate.
Soon things take a turn for the worst.’



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Interviewing The Whovians by DJ Forrest


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Interview with Ian Edginton

By DJ Forrest


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Interview with Eve Pearce

By DJ Forrest



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The Conspiracy Interview with David Llewellyn



It’s been a long time coming – the return of one of our favourite sci fi dramas, and although it’s not back on the television screen but audio, it’s still something to celebrate.  When the news came through that Big Finish were going to be broadcasting the audios, our resident Weevil dove for cover, hands over his ears, eyes tightly shut as we whooped loudly in the office.  Yes, dear friends – Torchwood is back!

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Interview with Dan Abnett

Guardians of the Galaxy, Torchwood and more

By DJ Forrest




At the time of the Interview, Guardians of the Galaxy was only previewing the trailers, the film itself hadn’t aired in the UK.  My interest in the film had been primarily Karen Gillan’s role as Nebula, but when I discovered that Dan Abnett had written the comic book story involving the band of ‘criminals’ I wanted to know more. 

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Interview with Chris Wilson

Walk on, Stand-in and body double




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Interview with Freelance Author Cavan Scott

Captain Jack is back with the Doctor



The Doctor Who Titan comic comes out in March how many stories have you planned for the 9th Doctor and Jack, and will there be any stories involving the 10th Doctor with Jack, or is there a point of order with the Titan comics where you can only write one series of stories for one Doctor at a time?


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Interview with Menna Trussler

The first time I had heard of Menna Trussler had been from Ep 1, S2 Torchwood when her character muttered the immortal words “Bloody Torchwood” that would be posted up on Social Media statuses and in memes across the internet for years.  What I didn’t know was that Menna’s roles in television, theatre, musical theatre and films spanned a serious number of years. 



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Interview with Chris Josty & Justin Walters


When we heard that Justin Walters was going to be in a web series we just had to find out more.  Hearts Asylum an online action drama is about the patients in an asylum who imagine themselves to be fairy tale characters that are then pitched against each other in a fight to the death.  Last night, 26th January, we caught up with the creator of the series, Chris Josty to find out more and spoke with Justin Walters briefly about his character, the Warden. 




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Interview with Nathan Sussex


You've been in both Coronation Street and Emmerdale, have they been regular roles or just one offs?



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Director Douglas Mackinnon Interview



When did your love of Doctor Who begin?

Douglas:  When we got our first television – I was born and brought up on the Isle of Skye so we only had black and white BBC 1 till 1978.

How many Time Lords have you worked with?



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Colum Sanson-Regan Interview





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LIVE Jâms Thomas Interview with DJ Forrest



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Rhodri Lewis Interview  


Rhodri Lewis played Johnny Davies, Ianto’s brother in law.  He lived on a fairly rough estate but when the Army came to take the children for the 456 selection, he was a force to be reckoned with.

Rhodri Lewis loves talking about his work and his life and so we took the opportunity to find out more about this wonderful actor.  



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Jennifer Ings Interview

Prop builds


How did you get into prop building, was it something you’d begun in school and progressed through college with, or are you naturally a creative person who has picked up the skills along the way?
           
Jennifer:  Prop building is just something I sort of fell into. As a kid, I was always tearing things apart to see how they worked. My mum was into all sorts of kinds of crafting, so I'd steal various bits of things she had to make stuff. Usually it was every dowel rod we could get our hands on to make bows and arrows for me and the boy two houses down. We made our own Halloween costumes every year, so my first actual props were things I made for those outfits.  I play a lot of miniatures games, so I did a lot of kit bashing to personalize my models and to create variants that there were no actual model for. And creating actual prop replicas of things from tv or movies grew out of that.  Later on when I attended college, I double majored in Art and Education.



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Interview with Claire Cage
  

In your role in the episode ‘Sleeper’ as David’s wife, there’s a scene just before David leaves the room to do his dastardly work!!!  He returns and snaps the neck of his wife.  I’ve often wondered when you see clips of people who have to assume the position of having their neck snapped, that timing is everything.  How much practice did you have to have to make that scene ‘believable’ and also not to render you with a very sore neck?



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Interview with Dichen Lachman



Hi Dichen. Thank you so much for the interview.  When you were growing up, who inspired you, who was your role model or your idol?

Dichen: My mother and father were inspiring to me. They taught me how to work hard, and to believe in myself.

If you could ever meet your 12 year old self, what would you tell her?

Dichen: Don't be so hard on yourself. Read more books, you can never read enough.


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Live Interview with Richard Ashton


“I produce a prop you will be proud of, with excellent workmanship that stands out from the crowd.”

Richard Ashton is amazing, not only does he cosplay as two Doctor’s of Who, and Legolas of LOTR, but also builds many awesome props from the world of Sci fi and Anime.  I caught up with Richard recently as he took a break from a build to chat to us about his many creations and his stint on the Virgin Media Ad with David Tennant. 



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James Erskine


 Hi James
Your career as a director doesn’t keep you firmly in one genre you span quite the spectrum, including factual programmes and docu-dramas including Oil Storm (2004) which you also wrote for Wall to Wall Productions for FX which looked at the scenario of what America might be like if it ran out of oil to Who Killed the Honey Bee? (2009) for New Black which looked at the apocalyptic demise of the honey bee.
What is it about factual programmes that you love so much especially from the viewpoint of director?



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Mark Campbell 
writer of Doctor Who Pocket Essential

  
What propelled your interest in Doctor Who and can you recall the first episode you ever saw, and did you view it from behind the sofa?

Mark:  My first definite memory of ‘Doctor Who’ is the trailer for ‘Carnival of Monsters’, probably broadcast an hour or so before episode one, on Saturday 27 January 1973. I was six: the perfect age to be drawn in by the magic. I remember ‘The Three Doctors’, but only the unmasking of Omega so this may have been a clip from another programme, and also ‘The Sea Devils’, but I’m certain this was a repeat omnibus, either from 1972 or 1974. Of ‘Frontier in Space’ I remember nothing, but from ‘Planet of the Daleks’ onwards, I rarely missed an episode.




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Interview with Sarah Louise Madison



Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the opportunity of the interview.  You’re currently involved in Cops and Monsters for Ecosse films with Fraser Coull how did that come about and can you tell us about your character within the series?



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Interview with Fraser Coull – Cops and Monsters

           

First off, thanks for letting us know about the series and casting Kai Owen in the story.  Can you tell us more about the series itself and what it’s about, and how many episodes you’re hoping to make?



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Interview with Nicholas Briggs

Firstly I wanted to say hello and thank you for the interview.

Where did your love of science fiction begin, and as a child were you always the quiet one busy reading the many magazines, comics and books, a mind full of imagination, whisking yourself off on many adventures in your head, or were you into other things as a child?



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Interview with Steven Savile


Torchwood

When you’re writing, especially in ‘Hidden’ chapter 2 when Owen declares he’s hungry, is this usually because you’re hungry also? 

SS: Ha. No. I’m usually sitting there with a coffee and either a sandwich or a cinnamon bun beside me as I work. Sometimes a carrot cake and a coke. Normally I’ll drop in a line like that as it’s a fairly human way of breaking the tension. If suspense builds relentlessly it can become quite tiring as a reader, you want some 



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Interview with Matt Rippy - Revisited

The Real Captain Jack Harkness




I’ve been following your ‘rants’ about theatres on your FB Page.  I have to admit that I’ve not been to a theatre in a good few years.  I was never any good throwing my voice on stage.  Tried it in a field to practice and failed miserably! We don’t have any theatres in our town, their numbers are dwindling with only Lockerbie and Dumfries locally that I know of. How do you get more people enthused in theatres?  What can they do to raise more interest?


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Interview with Tom Price


The first time I saw you on television it was as PC Andy Davidson in Torchwood, but you’re actually also a stand up comedian, what came first in your career, the acting or the comedy?


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Interview with Claire Pritchard-Jones


What was your first production as a Make-up designer?

Claire:  Having worked my way up from a Trainee position to Assistant and Supervisor for over ten years within the BBC, I was made redundant and started Designing low budget independent films and Promos.  The first major BBC drama I designed was called ‘Stick or Twist’ in 2006, starring Mark Lewis Jones who has appeared in many programmes I have worked on since.



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Interview with Mark Lewis Jones

Non Torchwood

I don’t think there’s been many programmes over the years where you haven’t been involved somewhere.  Recently, as of Saturday I saw you at the start of Atlantis just before Jason disappeared to the other side.  But I also noticed going through your list of credits on Wiki that in 2000 you were also in Jason and The Argonauts – Made for tv movie, incidentally was it for the same part?




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Interview with Paul Chequer

There’s not an awful lot about you on the Internet regarding your private life.  Wikipedia mentions only briefly that you’re married to a female actress.  Are you a very private man, do you prefer to keep as much of yourself off the internet as possible?



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Interview with Illustrator Daryl Joyce



Your illustrations are brilliant, I love your website by the way, how did you get started in illustrations and what was your first design?


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Interview with Indira Varma


One of the things I wished Torchwood had covered more were the cast who were written out of the series and as much as Suzie was brought back in for the episode ‘They Keep killing Suzie’ did you know when you took the role that Suzie’s role wasn’t going to be a full time position within the series?


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Interview with Justin Walters



In the episode Countrycide, you played one of the villagers pictured in Helen Sherman’s kitchen.  I remember spotting your scowling face, least I think you were scowling.  How did that role come about and how did you feel playing the role of a cannibal – even though you weren’t actually cannibalising anybody, but how was it received by  your family?


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Interview with Luke Bromley




To those of us who are Torchwood fans, your first appearance on our screens was during Random Shoes episode 9 in Series 1, 2006, but you began your acting career 2 years prior to that, in Comedy Lab 2004 at the age of 10, what made you want to become an actor, was it something you always wanted to be, or were you following in someone’s footsteps?


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Interview with Sharon Morgan


When you took on the role of Mary Cooper did you ever expect the character to have such a large impact in the last series of Torchwood – Miracle Day and was playing the character in the last series an exhausting scene to play?


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Interview with Alice Troughton

Director of Atlantis, Doctor Who, SJA, Merlin, Torchwood


As a director, when you’re given a script to work with, what processes do you go through before you begin filming?

Alice:  I usually have between 4-6 weeks prep before shooting, depending on how many episodes the block is. In this time I will cast, choose locations and if it’s a CGI -heavy show like ATLANTIS I’ll spend a lot of time with a storyboard artist, sketching out FX shots.


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Interview with Jim Wilkins & Alasdair Shaw
aka In Print Comic

How did you guys get started in the Comic business, had it been something you’d been interested in since childhood?  Had you guys known each other a while before you put the website together – love the website by the way?

Jim:  Thanks it’s lovely to be interviewed. I've been interested in comics and drawing comics ever since I could read... even before I could read I used to draw comics. It's only in the last five years I decided to do something about it. In 2010 I self published my own comic with writer friend Ben Cook called Neutron Boy. The comic was released at a Sci-fi event in my home town and sixth Doctor Colin Baker was on hand to give us some great publicity shots on the day. The next thing for me was after that was to draw what I've wanted to draw – Doctor Who! Christian Crawley from Kasterborous got me in contact with Alasdair... then the magic began!


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Interview with Gary Russell


Firstly I’d like to thank you Gary for saying yes to an interview. I was pleased as punch when you agreed. So welcome to Project: Torchwood Gary.

Gary: Hooray – all I need to see is the word “Torchwood” and I get a thrill. Glad to be here!

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Caitlin Blackwood Interview


Amy Pond has been a regular face on Doctor Who since the start of the 5th series with the 11th Doctor.  We saw her from a child making the Doctor fish fingers and custard in the kitchen of her home and followed her life right through to her final scene in a grave yard in Manhattan, New York, where she was touched by an ‘Angel’. 

Amy first appeared on our screens in ‘The Eleventh Hour’ broadcast 26th June 2010, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Adam Smith, produced by Peter Bennett.  Amy (Amelia) was seven years old and for years had been plagued by the crack in her bedroom wall that over time had grown wider and wider.  It played on her mind, and it affected her thoughts, and fed on her memories, so much so that she couldn’t remember her parents, she knew they weren’t there, but she didn’t know why.  She lived in the house with her Aunt Sharon, who worried about her niece and had had her at psychiatrists for years after her talk of her imaginary friend, the raggedy man, and the stars in the sky, that didn’t exist, either.




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Interview with Matt Rippy


I’ve been following your ‘rants’ about theatres on your FB Page.  I have to admit that I’ve not been to a theatre in a good few years.  I was never any good throwing my voice on stage.  Tried it in a field to practice and failed miserably! We don’t have any theatres in our town, their numbers are dwindling with only Lockerbie and Dumfries locally that I know of. How do you get more people enthused in theatres?  What can they do to raise more interest? 




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Interview with Steve Tribe

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Your job has to be the hardest one imaginable; in directing the authors on their books to run to a certain point and not cover a topic that might appear in a current episode on the television. 
How do you keep on top of all of that?

Steve: Oh, I think actually writing the things is unimaginably harder. I’m just steering and helping; the writers are the ones melting their brains and keyboards to come up with the books. (Naturally, this is not actually my opinion when they eventually deliver a manuscript, and I have to get to work on it…)
In terms of keeping on top of things, for Torchwood we always had tremendous support and guidance from both Gary Russell and Russell T Davies.




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Interview with Sara Lloyd-Gregory


When you took on the role of Alys for the new drama, was this something you had to learn, or are you a fluent in Welsh?

Sara: My first language is Welsh so I feel very lucky to be able to work in both Welsh and English. 'Alys' was written, by Siwan Jones, with me in mind for the title role... knowing that was the challenge!! But to receive the Best Actress BAFTA Cymru 2013 for 'Alys' feels like a seal of approval in a way! I feel very proud.



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Interview with Robert Stone



Although Robert Stone only featured for a few fleeting seconds on Torchwood, upon researching I discovered he’d featured in quite a few programmes and films that I’d seen. 

Looking through your website and list of skills and credits you’ve mostly taken on roles of the heavy mob and bouncer, along with the singing miner in a Pot Noodle advert.  Have you played any other roles other than the tough guy?

Robert: Although I look like a big ‘Googlee Mooglee’ some of my other roles have included a short film where I play Adolf Hitleran Ugly Step Sister in a Sainsburys Christmas Commercial and Brenda on the CBBC show ‘The Slammer’, apparently I can play a drag queen quite well!



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Interview with Carole and John Barrowman

Torchwood Exodus Code



Torchwood: Exodus Code recently hit the bookshops in paperback form, with Captain Jack Harkness on the front cover.  My hardback copy has the Celtic symbol on the front cover.  A book I’d read in a few days after buying it at the signing at Waterstones, Glasgow.  I also got to shake John’s hand and lost all power of speech thereafter!

This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity of interviewing Carole and John Barrowman with regards to their novels Exodus Code and the Hollow Earth trilogy, and having read and fully enjoyed their novels, I had a fistful of questions to put to them.

The Cuari – I was shocked when I came to the end of the book to realise that this tribe didn’t actually exist, when I was convinced as I read their bio that I’d read about them in National Geographic.  Were they based upon a tribe in Peru or was this entirely built on fiction?



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Interview with I Am Alone’s Robert Palmer & Michael Weiss


In the Spring of this year Project: Torchwood learnt that Gareth David-Lloyd would be starring in a zombie movie, this filled us with great interest given that Gareth’s Torchwood character Ianto had featured in the Torchwood novel Bay of the Dead by Mark Morris which involved zombies.  Although we haven’t as yet been able to chat with Gareth over his role as Jacob Fitts, we went one better and spoke to the two guys who put the idea together and made the film, Robert Palmer and Michael Weiss.


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Gregory Melton

Production Designer on Miracle Day


As a production Designer how much control or say do you have in what goes into each of the scenes, and for a lot of the unfurnished properties such as Jack’s old apartment, how much stressing did you need to do to make that as authentic as possible?



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John R Walker

Work as an Extra on Who & Torchwood

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be on set of Torchwood or Doctor Who, or to play a character in the background of an impressive set, which would be seen by millions of people every week? Well John R Walker is one of those lucky people who worked as an Extra on the set of Doctor Who & Torchwood and many other shows in between.  He’s been up close to both John Barrowman AND David Tennant’s characters on set of both shows, and we had the opportunity of finding out a little bit more about the impressive career of an Extra – ordinary bloke!

You’ve got quite an impressive IMDB credit list, not just as an extra but also as associate producer and first assistant director.  How did it all start, what was the first production you became involved in and what is it about being in front of and behind the camera that appeals to you the most?

JohnWell my first role as an extra was on a straight to video production called “Auton 2” directed by Nick Briggs! I have always been a Doctor Who fan and the show was long finished and I expected it to never come back so when Bill Baggs advertised in SFX for extras to be in his new production I couldn't say no. This was my one chance to be a part of Who. This was back in 1998 and from there I joined a local agency.

It was different back then as there wasn't any internet like there is today and information was a lot harder to come by. Luckily someone knew of a local agency and gave me the contact telephone number.

In my real life I worked for Retail Operations at Head office for Safeway and had made a few training videos for the stores so when we got taken over by Morrisons I became Head of Internal Corporate films for that company so that's how I got into the production side of things.


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Maxine Evans - Actor/Director


She came onto our screens as the cannibal woman with the shotgun in the episode ‘Countrycide’.  Still performing as an actress, appearing in the series ‘Stella’, Maxine also works behind the camera, as both writer and director for her own projects.  We caught up with Maxine, who loves our website and has contributed to the front cover with her own pumpkin design, (diolch yn fawr), to find out more about her character Helen Sherman, Stella, about the lovely Owen Teale, oh and baking!

Helen Sherman was a really nasty character, quite handy with a butt of a gun! Were you given much of a background to this character and how did you ‘get’ into character for her?


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Interview with Rhys ap Trefor


Countrycide has to be one of THE most scariest of all Torchwood episodes and its high on the list of the favourite episodes of Series One.  This time the team are not dealing with aliens, but a human threat and that of cannibals.  This month we were absolutely thrilled to bits to have the opportunity of an interview with one of the cast of the episode, Rhys ap Trefor, the cannibal copper.  Since Torchwood, Rhys has appeared in several Welsh speaking roles (with English Subtitles), from comedies to serious roles, to voice overs for documentaries.  He has such a lovely narrative voice that I would love to hear him narrate a Torchwood novel for an audio book, having spent time listening to him on Monster Voice.

Hi Rhys

Rhys: Hi!

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Interview: Robert Shearman
By Echo Fain



My first experience with a Robert Shearman story was quite by accident and went unnoticed and unrealized.  I discovered him as a writer through the Doctor Who episode, "Dalek", which I thought was inordinately brilliant while containing one of the grittiest and darkest moments for the Doctor himself, made all the darker for the actor’s performance.  I'd watched the show as a child but came into the 9th Doctor's series several years after it aired and I quickly decided that if I had favorite episodes, "Dalek" was certainly one of them.

I didn't notice the name of the story's author.  More's the pity.

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Adrienne O’Sullivan aka Lynn Pearce



In 2007 I was in Cardiff and there was a road traffic accident film on the tv called COW, about a girl called Cassie Cowan.  There were a few familiar faces, Jonathan Owen was at the crash scene, but I also recognised you as the Mum of Cassie.  It was a pretty shocking statement of what can happen if you’re texting while driving, and it’s the brutal snapping of the necks of the passengers that made me feel pretty sick.  Have you watched the film since appearing in it and has it made you more aware of the dangers of texting or using a mobile when driving?


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Interview with Guy Adams

I loved the book The House That Jack Built although it took a while to work out Jack’s connection to it.  It also put me in mind of those old houses in the suburbs, Victorian houses.  It was a well thought out story.  I did grimace when Jack’s skull came in for a pounding.
What drove you to write such a complex story like this that had so many characters.  How did you keep up with them all?


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Interview with Mark Morris

I finally read ‘Bay of the Dead’ and at night.  I’m not really a horror fan, especially where zombies are concerned (often begs belief given that I’m in a film featuring zombies) but once I got past the initial first few chapters I settled into it and found it quite an entertaining story.  There were a few characters I felt really sorry for, including the kid who had gone on the boat trip, putting myself into that scenario as to what could have been done to save him, but he was screwed either way. 
How did the story come about, why zombies?

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Interview with Trevor Baxendale



As you know from Twitter I’ve absolutely enjoyed reading ‘The Undertaker’s Gift’, it really did blow me away.  The story never dipped once, never ran out of steam.  I finished that book and was totally breathless.  It was truly WOW!


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Barnaby Edwards – Dalek Operator



I suppose my first question has to be – were you the Dalek responsible for ‘killing’ Jack Harkness in the Doctor Who episode ‘The Parting of the Ways’? And also the Dalek responsible for zapping the 10th Doctor as he ran to meet Rose in the deserted street in the episode ‘Stolen Earth’?

Barnaby: Guilty as charged - on both counts. I nearly got the Doctor that time, too!


I imagine Daleks to have this tick list, so many points for exterminating a human but maximum points for zapping a Time lord, like truckers have for traffic cones and hedgehogs and Sunday drivers!

Barnaby: We’re on a reward scheme, like air miles.

When I was researching about you, I found that not only are you an actor and writer, director but also an artist. Your website where I found a lot of your artwork is brilliant by the way, my ultimate favourite is ‘African Journey’, it’s such a fresh piece, I’m not sure why I like it, I 

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Interview with Lachlan Nieboer




Do you have Scottish heritage? Your name and surname read very Scottish.

Lachlan: Yes I do. Though my surname is actually Dutch, but I am English!

I have only seen your performance as Gray in Torchwood but am aware you have been in other films, as listed on Wiki, so going from that, when we heard your voice, it gave me to think you were indeed American, but wondered if this was your actual accent? 

Lachlan: No I have a naturally British accent!

Torchwood is an iconic show rather like Doctor Who, what was your reaction when you landed the role?  And how did Russell or Julie approach you for the part?

Lachlan: I was thrilled!  It was my first job out of drama school.  I remember I was almost late for the audition, and had to sprint across central London to get to it on time.  I needed a minute or two to catch my breath when I got there!



Do you get nervous when you go for auditions or are you a confident person?

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Peter Anghelides



I’ve enjoyed the novel Pack Animals very much.  Although a few of the scenes within the book I had to review my ‘Mitchell’ story as a few pieces I’d included, a person called ‘Heiney’ who used thoughtforms, but at this point I hadn’t actually got that far in the book to discover this is what Gareth used to summon his creatures.  Do you find when you’re writing that often a character or a scene has already been used in someone else’s story?

Peter: Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

When writing for a series like Torchwood, it’s more important to avoid writing something that has already happened in the TV series or one of the other novels or audios. Obviously, there are the regular characters who you expect to use, and any new character you introduce should be a complement or catalyst for the main protagonists. And generally, the editorial team will know what’s “in the pipeline” and thus not commission something from me that is too close to as-yet unpublished material. I studiously avoid reading any fan fiction, because that way there’s no risk that I will accidentally echo something that someone else came up with.

Occasionally, I might want to echo something from other sources. That might be an allusion to a popular movie or a classic novel. Talent borrows and genius steals, but tie-in writers get it off the back of a lorry, no questions asked. I stole that splendid metaphor from Ben Aaronovitch, incidentally. Do read his Rivers of London novels, they are fabulous. And they have a hero called Peter – what’s not to love?

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Interviewing Jane Espenson


When the premise of Miracle Day was discussed were you there from the start, what was the process, were all the scriptwriters called in and given an episode to write for, or were you able to pick and choose?

Jane: I was not there from the very beginning, but I was brought in quite early in the process for discussions of the premise and some talk about the overall direction of the story with Russell and a small team. Later, other writers were added and we spent several weeks as a larger team, digging deeper into the story, and determining the rough contents of the episodes.  I was originally assigned, I believe, three episodes, one of which (episode 7 – Immortal Sins), I had specifically requested.  We continued to refine the episodes in one-on-one sessions with Russell as each writer started to turn in their drafts.  I wrote many drafts of each episode, which I really enjoyed. There was a real sense that you would be allowed to go back into the script as often as was needed to make it the best it could be.

The episode Immortal Sins was possibly the best episode out of them all, when we discovered a little bit more of Jack’s dark past.  How much were you allowed to write concerning Jack and how much has to be run past Russell before you actually put pen to paper?  Is Russell a hard taskmaster when it comes to the script, or is he an easy person to work with?

Jane: In television, most things come from the creator of the series, including the idea for this episode.  Russell was very involved in every beat of this episode and I’m certain I went through several passes at the outline before I began to write and then many drafts after that.  In the first draft that I wrote there were lots of scenes set on a ferry, and then in the city during a parade, and in a speak-easy, and 


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Shawna Trpcic

Hi Shawna can you tell us a little about how you started out before you became the costume designer on set of Torchwood Miracle Day?

Shawna:  2013 - BIO

‘I was born in Artesia, California on October 18, 1966. My mom started her career as a Physical Education teacher at Columbus Jr. High that same year to support sending me to Pinecrest - a private school in the San Fernando Valley. There I would find great joy in ballet classes and dance recitals. In my late elementary years I transferred to public school where rock and roll replaced Swan Lake. But every weekend - as my mom volunteered for different physically handicapped friends, I was glued to channel 5 watching old Doris Day, Cary Grant, and Grace Kelly type movies. Audrey Hepburn holding me the most captivated.

I was charmed by their beauty and rich costumes, although I remained a complete tomboy. I had a horse by 13 and spent every day in jeans, T-shirt and boots - My only interaction with a sewing machine was when my g-ma would baby sit me and sew up clothes for my Barbie dolls. As an only child, I would entertain myself by doing reports on far away countries. I would draw maps, pictures of local plant life and costumes. In my mind I would combine the reality of my reports and the fantasy of the movies and create my own worlds.

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Interview with Jonathan Owen aka Banana Boat





You’ve been in quite a few dramas before you landed the role of Banana Boat, which was the most memorable?

Jonathan: Probably the character Dixie in Svengali. It's the part that I'm probably most well known for.


I was reading on Wiki that you’ve also produced a few films. It must be an awesome feeling when your film makes it to the festivals and wins.  Irvine Welsh is a fantastic writer, not just for Trainspotting, How did the meeting with Irvine Welsh come about?

Jonathan: He was directing a music video back about 12 years ago for a band called 'gene' and he cast me and we became good friends. We've stayed in touch ever since.

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Interview with Anthony Lewis 

The first time I saw you was in Emmerdale, your sister in the series went on to become a regular in Corrie, were you ever offered a role on the hallowed cobbles?

Anthony: No I have actually never been offered a role. I have got fairly close on a couple of occasions through the normal audition process but it never happened. My parents are fans of the show though so I wouldn’t mind popping in for a pint in the Rovers.

Many actors’ accents seem to change as they progress but yours remains northern was that a conscious decision by yourself to retain your regional accent?

Anthony: My accent switches depending on where I am/who I am with! When I go up to Leeds to see friends and family, I can go really broad but back down in London my accent is pretty subtle. I am proud of where I am from so I would never like to lose it but it is good to be versatile with your voice. 

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Interview with Justin Richards



Hi Justin, I loved the book The Deviant Strain, as you know.  So full of detail about the submarines, the sea and that Russian feel about it, that you could almost imagine yourself being there in the cold, dealing with the locals in their tavern, and the night watch around the subs, and that general feeling of cold clinging to you.  Though what surprised me the most was the back of the book, page 253, ‘About the Author’, ‘Justin lives in Warwick, with a lovely view of the famous castle and almost as far from the sea – and any submarines – as you can get in Britain.’
So where did the idea come from to write a book that featured submarines so heavily? Had you ever been inside a sub?

JUSTIN: I have actually – I went round a US nuclear submarine a few years ago. Quite a few years ago actually.  The thing that struck me most was how small and claustrophobic it was.  Mind you, I went straight from looking round an aircraft carrier, so the contrast was quite marked! But I definitely drew on that memory and experience for the book.

The story features the 9th Doctor, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness.  In this book Jack was quite dark, moody, had a lot of emotion that we see an awful lot in later episodes of Jack’s life was this deliberate on your part, to bring out more of Jack’s character in the book?

JUSTIN: In those first TV episodes, Jack is actually quite a shallow character. I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense, or that the writing isn’t good – but emotionally, he isn’t very intense.  I guess that’s sort of the point, that just as the Doctor is humanised by his relationship with Rose, so Jack becomes more caring and less selfish through his relationship with them both. It’s an interesting contrast – the Ninth Doctor is in many ways too self-less, while Jack is only concerned about his own interests until the end of The Doctor Dances where he redeems himself and that sort of ‘earns’ him his rescue by the Doctor and Rose.


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Interview with Dean T Fraser

Are you connected to the actual Springfield comic/cartoon company?

DeanI'm not employed by or connected to FOX or the Simpsons at all. Just a fan.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who, which is your favourite Doctor and monster?


Dean: My favorite Doctor would have to be the current Matt Smith Doctor. Years ago I had seen a little bit of Eccleston and of Tennant, but those episodes I saw didn't really 












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Interview with Ross O’Hennessy


You’re in MERCS can you tell us a little about your role in the film? Are you fighting with or against Ben Loyd-Holmes character?


RossBen and I worked together on a big worldwide tv series called 'Da Vinci's Demons’, we hit it off together from the second we met. I absolutely love the guy...he is funny and we share so many common interests. He asked me to play the role







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Interview with Lucy Gannon


I was reading up on your credits on Wiki and can see where the interest in medical dramas came from.  Being a nurse and a residential social worker, you must have experienced quite a lot of dramas in that, had it always been something you wanted to do – writing, or did it start as a hobby that gradually progressed, and do you ever miss the work as a nurse and that environment?

Lucy: Writing came to me as a complete surprise - we were broke and without work and my Dad saw a play writing competition advertised and said 'Give it a go - you're very good at writing letters.' Before that I had been to the theatre as an adult only once (we had free tickets) so I knew nothing about writing, or drama, and I didn't even own a type writer. I entered the competition (The Richard Burton Drama Award) and won. 
I suppose that everything you experience feeds into your writing life, so nursing and the Army etc must have fed into mine but my first few series were a response to requests from the broadcaster (in this case ITV), rather than a decision of my own. No, I really don't miss anything in my past life, I don't believe in 'missing' things. Life is too full and busy indulge in nostalgia. 


I love Frankie, I love dramas like that which is why I loved the initial stories on ‘Peak Practice’ and ‘Soldier Soldier’ because it wasn’t just about the work that they did, it also covered their everyday lives, but it wasn’t solely about their









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Interview with James Goss

Having learnt of how Andrew and fellow writers of Consequences started in their chosen career, what drove you to write, was it from school, or after watching the relaunch of Doctor Who, or was it something you’d always done but as a hobby initially?


James Maths, to be honest. When I first got to write a Torchwood novel, I was so excited. But there was so little time to do it, and I had a proper job, so it was really just like exam revision. I worked out how long the book was, how long I had to write it in, and then worked out how 


















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Interview with Justin McDonald aka Matt Stevens


During any intimate scene regardless of how clothed or naked you are, how much pressure is involved mentally on you given that you have to perform this in front of the entire film crew?

JustinI try not to think about the rest of the crew and stay focused on the scene. Normally crews are very supportive and professional about it, as they know that scenes like that can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable. Having said that, there was a real sense of fun on the Torchwood set and everyone involved just wanted to do the best job possible.

Also aware of how intense the ‘passion’ was during this sequence how often did you get the giggles?


Justin: There were moments when we realised that the situation was quite silly, but to be honest we wanted to make sure that the sequence was as good as it could be and so stayed focussed. It was only really when we looked back at the monitors afterwards 







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Interview with Ceri Mears




As Banksy did you have a lot of fun playing that character, albeit short scenes? 

Ceri: Yes!  It was great to work with such lovely people as Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, John Barrowman and Naoko Mori.  They really made me feel welcome.   The only problem was, we were shooting until 3am and I had a couple of very young children at the time so I was exhausted.  I fell asleep between takes on a couple of occasions!


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Interview with David Llewellyn

David Llewellyn is a Welsh novelist and script writer and was born in 1978 in Pontypool.  He’s written quite a few stories for Torchwood, ‘Trace Memories’ (2008), ‘Consequences – The Baby Farmers’ (2009) and short stories for the Torchwood Yearbook – Mrs Acres (2008), and for the Torchwood Magazine – The Book of Jahl (2008), and I May Be Some Time (2009).  Quite recently David wrote a Torchwood audio play read by Tom Price called ‘Fall Out,’ He has also written two Doctor Who novels, ‘The Taking of Chelsea 426’ which featured the 10th Doctor, and ‘Night of the Humans’ featuring the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond.

The Baby Farmers

One of the things I found very comfortable about your story was how quick the piece came together, how descriptive the story was that I found myself in that ‘driving rain and howling wind’  with Mary and her baby.  The other thing I liked about the story was it was well before Gwen and Ianto and the rest of the team we’ve come to follow in the series, it put it right back to the early days when Emily Holroyd and Alice Guppy were in control, and I liked that. 
When you put the story together between the five of you, had it been a conscious choice to start the story off, and was it your decision to set it in this era?
David: Well, actually, the real genius behind ‘Consequences’ was our editor, Steve Tribe. The idea to do a kind of “portmanteau” book, with five interlinking stories, was his idea, and he corralled us all together.

I think he and I had had a conversation, after I’d written my Torchwood novel ‘Trace Memory’, about how much fun it might be 


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Sarah Pinborough – Kaleidoscope 


Sarah Pinborough born 1972, in Milton Keynes is an English horror writer whose works have been compared with such writers as Dean Koontz, Richard Layman and Bentley Little.  Under the name Sarah Silverwood she also writes fantasy novels for children with the Nowhere Chronicles.

Sarah has written two Torchwood novels ‘Into the Silence’ (2009) and ‘Long Time Dead’ and also wrote ‘Kaleidoscope’ for the ‘Consequences’ novel, that also features short stories by David Llewellyn, James Moran, Andrew Cartmel and Joseph Lidster.  
Sarah also wrote the 2nd episode of the 9th Series of New Tricks ‘Old School Ties’ (2012),  the crime drama starring James Bolam, Dennis Waterman, Alun Armstrong and Amanda Redman.

In 2012 it was announced that director Peter Medak had been attached to direct ‘Cracked’, a 

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Interview with Andrew Cartmel




Andrew Cartmel is a British-Canadian sci-fi writer and journalist, and former script writer on Doctor Who, who was taken on in his early twenties after being recommended to John Nathan-Turner by his agent.  Since then Andrew has gone on to write comics, books, novellas, novels and audio stories for Doctor Who. 

Andrew also wrote a script for Torchwood entitled The Jinx unfortunately it never saw the light of day.  The script was destined for a slot in the standard 13 episode series but dropped when the season format was reworked for the move from BBC2 to BBC1 and the 5 episode slot for COE.

The Jinx involves two Celtic goddesses who are playing a game, a game which has terrible consequences for the people 

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James Moran Interview 


If I remember rightly in school, we used to play the game of consequences, although I can’t quite remember the order of the game, but it was who, what and where and final outcome as far as I can make out which after reading the book is pretty much how this story is put together.  But for five writers, together in a room, or called upon to write for the book, how did it all come together, who decided who would write which part of the story, what was the process?
James: We were all invited to take part, but had a pretty free reign to tell any story we wanted - but we had to make sure that each one could follow on from the previous one in some way, like the old game. This meant we all had to do brief outlines for the stories first, and share them with each other, so we could make them fit. For example, I was going to start mine with a mission going wrong and destroying a shopping centre - but the editor Steve suggested putting that in the previous story, which would fit into how it was going to end anyway. That was, the revenge plot in mine comes straight from the end of the previous one. Joe had more of a brief, as he had to tie up the Nina Rogers story - Steve had been getting 

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‘Saving the planet, watching over the Rift, preparing the human race for the twenty-first century...Torchwood has been keeping Cardiff safe since the late 1800’s.  Small teams of heroes, working 24/7, encountering and containing the alien, the bizarre and the inexplicable. 
But Torchwood do not always see the effects of their actions.  What links the Rules and Regulations for replacing a Torchwood leader to the destruction of a supermarket?  How does a witness to an alien’s reprisals against Torchwood become caught up in a night of terror in a university library?  And why should Gwen and Ianto’s actions at a local publisher’s affect Torchwood more than a century earlier?
For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them.  And sometimes the future will catch up with the past...’


Interview with Joseph Lidster


Hi Joe

I loved the entire book Consequences, just like the game in the playground writing down the who did what with whom and where and what happened at the end. It was all beautifully put together although when I was reading through I couldn’t see how The Baby Farmers had linked the entire story until Consequences and it was down to that one clue at the end.   Was it a hard job piecing it all together as well as telling your own story and trying to get all the ends tied up?

Joseph: I received an email from Steve Tribe in December 2008 asking me to be involved. He'd come up with the idea of “Torchwood: Consequences, a short-story collection in which an element of each story is passed on to the writer of the next 

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Paul Kasey
By DJ Forrest

Paul Kasey born 5 August 1973 is an accomplished actor, dancer and gymnast and stands at 5’11”. 

Most people will know him from the creatures he’s played on Doctor Who from the Auton, Coffa of Forest of Cheem, Slitheen, Zu-Zana, Clockwork Droid, Cyber Controller, Cybermen, Whisper Men, Ood, Ood Sigma, Pig Slave, Host, Hath Peck, Judoon, Sorvin, Robot Santas, Wooden Queen to the Nephew in ‘The Doctor’s Wife’. 


Yet Paul has appeared in a lot of other character roles including the Weevil, Janet, and the Blowfish in Torchwood. 

In Sarah Jane Adventures has appeared as various Slitheen characters, Shansheeth, Red Robot, Metalkind, Judoon, The Dark Rider, Kudlak, Ukodni Emperor, and The Mistress. 
Paul has also appeared in Being Human as the werewolf and has appeared as the Fox in the Foxy Bingo adverts.

Out of all of those roles that Paul has taken, it’s the role of the weevil that I love the most, even though if I’m honest if I ever met one in the street I’d want to quickly run in the opposite direction, but I am also fascinated by the sheer animatronics that goes into a creature such as the weevil. 

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Interview with Murray Melvin 



You starred in a role as the Professor in The Grey Mile with the late Paul Shane, a comedy/drama about two ex master criminals, who lived in a care home.    I can imagine with this great northerner it was a barrel of laughs and not a dry eye in the house, do you have any memorable moments you can share with Project: Torchwood about that shoot?
Murray: It was a short film. 15 minutes. Filmed in a week. There was only time to learn lines!
Remember comedy is very serious work.

Bilis appears in two episodes of Torchwood, but also in 













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From Werewolf to the Silence
By DJ Forrest

Marnix Van Den Broeke, born 24th February 1976 in Axel is a Dutch actor, professional dancer and a stuntman.  He was cast in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 as the werewolf that Professor Lupin turns into whenever there’s a full moon.  From then he went on to appear as the physical death in Hogfather (2006), The Deaths of Ian Stone as the Harvester 1 (2007), the Colour of Magic (2008), also as The Shadow in Inkheart (2008) in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal as Mr Pump (2010) and in 2011 he played The Silence in Doctor Who, in the episodes The Impossible Astronaut; Day of the Moon; The Wedding of River Song.

Marnix is extremely tall, in fact 6’ 7” in his stocking feet and it’s not surprising that he was chosen for the role of werewolf, or the role as The Silence, both slim characters.  From the off screen photos of the werewolf and from 

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Joe Lidster Interview 

By D.J. Forrest




Joseph Lidster is an English writer, who first came to the attention of Big Finish in 2002 when he wrote Rapture, a Doctor Who story featuring the Seventh Doctor and his assistant Ace who visit a nightclub in Ibiza in 1997 called The Rapture where angels are brainwashing club goers.  Since then Joseph has written for TV, Radio and Audio Dramas for the Whoniverse and beyond.   
Project: Torchwood talked to Joseph about his favourite Doctor Who assistants, Torchwood, his personal life and his biggest fears, and what tips he could share with anyone wishing to become a writer. 

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Interview with Dillon Casey
 By DJ Forrest



Project: Torchwood:   Have you been to any of the Torchwood Cons at all?

Dillon: I haven't no, I didn't think although the scene we did on the show, I didn't think my part was big enough to make it to the conventions.  Maybe they were, I don't know.

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Interview with Ben Loyd-Holmes





Hi Ben, first off I wanted to say thanks for the tip on Berocca, the best thing to happen to my brain in such a long time.

Ben - My pleasure. It's a true life saver. Everyone in the Film industry uses it!

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