Monday, 21 May 2007

Progress report

A quick progress report, on the off-chance that anybody's interested.

My application for the BBC Writers' Academy was submitted on time. Mine and a few thousand others. Fingers crossed (mine and a few thousand others).

Draft #1 of Episode 111, Series 9 of Doctors was well-received. A couple of pages of notes.

Considering it's totally unlike any other episode of Doctors (ever) and anyone tuning in after the first five minutes might think they've entered a parallel universe, that's pretty good.

I sent in Draft #2 last night.

Interestingly, there are two new regular characters in my episode. One I can't tell you about (all very hush, hush), but the other, Vivien, made her first appearance just the other day and I caught up with it on the Sky Plus box last night after I'd sent Draft #2 off. She isn't anything like I'd imagined! I might have to tweak her a bit in Draft #3. But I won't have the chance to tweak the other newcomer so it's going to be interesting to see how they turn out. My first episode co-starred Joe, and I didn't even know what he looked like when I wrote it.

It's dawned on me that, once this is done and dusted, I'll be back to square one. I currently have no other Doctors ideas in the bank. Something must be done about it. I think a day of sitting somewhere comfortable with a lot of coffee and an open note pad might do the trick.

And then there's writing up all those series ideas, and getting something sorted for the Film Council's 25 Words or Less by mid July. And there's work (ie the real stuff wot pays). And then there's a family trip to Disneyland Paris at half term. And the garden's a right old mess at the moment. And the garage needs to be knocked down and replaced. Hmm. Busy, busy.


Lucy said...

I'm interested!!!!

My Writing Academy application went off too, fingers crossed, would love to actually meet you!!!

Paul Campbell said...

Thanks, Lucy!

That would be fun, wouldn't it?

Stuart Perry said...

I'm interested too, Paul. Good luck for the writers' academy: I don't know what is the likelihood, or the effect on the BBC's diversity, but I have everything crossed for the eight entrants to be me, you, Lucy, and five other people I know from their screenwriting blogs ;)

As for Doctors: Greg , then Donna - all my favourites are going! Does your top secret incoming character mean another person's moving on, I wonder? (I know, I know - if you told me, you'd have to kill me...)

Paul Campbell said...

Well, that's three places filled. We'd better give one to the incomparable Danny Stack. So that just leaves four up for grabs.

And, if you want to know details of future plans for 'Doctors', then you're talking to the wrong man. However, were you to leave a brown paper bag containing £500 in used fivers between the paws of the south-west lion at the base of Nelson's column on Friday morning at precisely 10:35, and return five minutes later, then you might discover that I have mislaid my copy of the Doctor's Bible in precisely the same spot.

Jason Arnopp said...

That's interesting, that you had to Sky-plus an episode, in order to see a character you were writing for. Wow, I kinda assumed you'd be sent discs of episodes... Shows what I know, hmmm?