I’m currently living in a house Amanda and I have rented in Cambridge MA. She wanted to be out here to be able to be here for her friend Anthony, who is going through some particularly gruelling cancer treatments. It’s a large, strange house, all oak-panelling and odd-shaped rooms we didn’t notice the first time we walked through it. I’m loving it, despite living out of boxes.
Amanda thinks, correctly, that it’s too big, but is humouring me. (She’s using the Cloud Club as an office home-base.)
The thing I’m missing most being out here is the dogs: Cabal is not doing well physically currently. He has Degenerative Canine Myelopathy and his back legs are liable to slip out from under him and he can no longer do stairs. When I got out here I realised that he wouldn’t be able to manage this place and regretfully abandoned my plan to bring the dogs with me. He’s got his world that he loves out there, and so I am going to go back to the Midwest and be with him whenever I can. (Lola, on the other hand, could come out here like a shot, but she’s his company.)
Thanksgiving was spent at Amanda’s mother and stepfather’s, but over the Thanksgiving period all of my kids came in from all over the US.
I’m starting to get writing rhythms back, which is good.
I missed the shooting of my next Doctor Who episode, although I’ve seen a rough assembly already. Warwick Davies is really good in it, and I asked the impossible of Matt Smith and he pulled it off with aplomb. (Watching the rushes of Matt getting gloriously, apologetically, sweary at fluffed takes of some of the dialogue stuff I’d asked him to do made me grin like a mad thing.)
Right now, also due to being in the wrong country — like this minute — I’m missing this, which arrived a few hours ago:
That’s left to right, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Harewood, Natalie Dormer, Dirk Maggs, James McAvoy, David Schofield and Anthony Head, all gathered today to record the BBC Radio 4/Radio 4 Extra production of NEVERWHERE.
(It’ll start on Radio 4 and then go over to Radio 4 extra.) The adaptation is by Dirk Maggs, who did the last three Hitchhiker’s Guide Radio adaptations. He’s co-directing it with producer Heather Larmour, who is the one who went off and made this happen after a small enthusiastic chat in a London coffee shop much earlier this year — the kind of conversation that you have that normally just leaves you feeling happy, but doesn’t actually turn into anything real. This time it did.
The cast includes…
James McAvoy Richard
Natalie Dormer Door
David Harewood Marquis
Sophie Okonedo Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch Islington
Anthony Head Croup
David Schofield Vandemar
Bernard Cribbins Old Bailey
Romola Garai Jessica
Christopher Lee Earl of Earl’s Court
Andrew Sachs Tooley
George Harris Abbot
Don Gilet Fulingous, Ruislip, Blackfriar
Abdul Salis Sable, Sump, Clarence, Homeless Man
Paul Chequer Gary, Guard 2
Lucy Cohu Lamia
Yasmin Paige Anaesthesia, Tenant 2 – female, Match girl
Johnny Vegas Lord Ratspeaker
Stephen Marcus Varney, Homeless man, Letting agent, Guard 1
Karen Archer Sylvia, Old Woman, Dream Hawker, Mother…
…and lots more (including an author, who recorded his bits last month). It will go out in six episodes.
Am I excited? I am. Very much so.
(Also, CHRISTOPHER LEE IS GOING TO BE SAYING LINES I WROTE. This makes me happier than I have any right to be.)
It will be broadcast somewhere in the first 4 months of 2013. And you will be able to listen to it wherever you are in the world, using the BBC’s iPlayer.
Right. Back to work…