With apologies for the delay (due to mad times at work)
1) What was the first political scandal ever to interest you?
Tommy Sheridan 😉 I had a personal interest as Mr Sheridan was behind some legislative reforms that I was concerned about on legal policy grounds.
I don’t really remember that many before Archer. At school we had been given a Jeffrey Archer novel in an English class to contrast bad writing and good writing, so I was aware of him, and git dragged into lisenting to nightly news reports. It was about the time I started to get Private Eye, so there may have been one or two mentions there too. Thereafter, I’ve found a few of interest. I used to be politically active and found those that were keenest to get on in politics were often people with unattractive character flaws (the head of my council was ultimately convicted of indecently exposing himself to a plain clothes policewoman).
2) What’s your earliest memory of Doctor Who?
Full Circle with a marsh spider on ROmana. It terrified me. I was the only child to be upset by the JNT era on traditional Doctor Who grounds. Thereafter it was persuading my mum to let me use pocket money to buy Doctor Who and the Cybermen and Doctor WHo and the Daemons for me in Woolworths in Carlisle. The slippery slope to acquisition of merchandise was kickstarted there.
3) “A thirteen-part serial dramatisation of Damaged Goods would have been better than Torchwood”. Demolish.
I think that would be right given Sunday’s episode. I like Damaged Goods – and suspect that some of Cwej’s experiences may fit neatly into Torchwood. Damaged Goods might be slowly paced, but then I like Tinker Talior and Quatermass so that wouldn;t really be a problem for me. Mmm. I give up. I can’t do it.
4) What is physically the furthest point you have ever been from where you are now?
Cape Town – failing to book a seat on the boat to Robben Island – and speaking at a conference with a heavily laboured joke on the unsuccessful use of football metaphors in Scottish property law.
5) If you could either have untold riches and fame or one trip in a time machine (and you don’t know the destination), which would you choose?
If it was one trip that suggests not coming back and I could’t leave my family. So tempting though it is I’ll take untold riches and fame, based on my executive producing and hosting the soon to be popular TV franchise of Only fools in Hearses.
If anyone wants questions wave.