Heaven Sent Podcast
I’m joined this week by Elliot Chapman, Big Finish’s Ben Jackson, for an utterly spellbinding conversation about Heaven Sent and acting, including some fascinating discussion of Capaldi’s technical approach and how it compares to several of his predecessors. It’s an absolutely fantastic conversation, and you can listen to it right here.
December 3, 2015 @ 5:45 pm
I feel like my wife just met my girlfriend.
December 3, 2015 @ 6:38 pm
If it makes you feel any better, it seems they hit it off?
December 3, 2015 @ 6:20 pm
I think that’s easily my favorite Series 9 podcast of yours. Those insights into Capaldi’s method were really brilliant, and it was great to get an actor’s perspective on this era. The comparisons to Troughton are spot-on. But unfortunately it seems that he’ll end up more like McCoy—a brilliant Doctor whose brilliance is only properly recognized in hindsight.
December 3, 2015 @ 6:38 pm
Joined? How disappointing. 😛
December 3, 2015 @ 8:53 pm
45 minutes in and thoroughly enjoying it, even when I don’t necessarily agree.
Incidentally, Solaris is among the films I’ll be getting for Christmas, and this has only made me more excited for it.
December 3, 2015 @ 9:32 pm
Working through a point here that I’m interested in writing about myself: I think what makes the Doctor being an asshole in Series 8 work is the way it’s framed — with “The Twin Dilemma,” we get a story about an abuse victim that’s interested only in the abuser. That’s a tremendously…difficult story to write, to say the least. Whereas with something like, say, “Kill the Moon,” we get the justified reaction from Clara and then, going even further than “The Massacre,” we get the aftermath: the cheap bottle of red wine and the long, late-night conversation with her boyfriend about what a jerk the Doctor has been. That’s basically the only way to write that kind of story convincingly, I think.
December 4, 2015 @ 1:51 am
A really interesting conversation. I especially liked the discussion about acting The Doctor, melodrama and ‘a character playing a character’. It’s why some of the more accomplished actors to play the part – Tennant & Hurt in particular – haven’t quite worked for me for the reasons you discuss.
December 4, 2015 @ 2:53 pm
Fascinating discussion. More Elliot Chapman please. Blimey he’s even made me want to check out Big Finish! His observations on different acting styles is spot on.
December 4, 2015 @ 3:48 pm
Yeah, I spent the last forty minutes or so of it going “OK, this is way longer than we usually go, but holy shit this is amazing stuff and I am not cutting it off.”
December 5, 2015 @ 7:32 am
Now you know why every Shabcast I do with him lasts 3 hours.