The Red Lines Page

May 22, 2016

Frontier Worlds: Interview

Filed under: drwho,Frontier Worlds,Novels,writing — Peter A @ 4:21 pm

A big hand for this bookThis page is one of several on this site about my novel Frontier Worlds. They are all linked from this main blog post here.

This is a contemporary interview with Doctor Who Magazine to accompany the publication of my second novel.

There is another interview on this site here.

Talking Books

Conducted by Vanessa Bishop

Vanessa Bishop: Are you obsessed with body horror?

Peter Anghelides: The inexorable personal mutation into decay, madness and despair—critic Pete Boss calls it “the intimate apocalypse”.  But I’ve cheered up enormously since I stopped looking in the bathroom mirror.

As a writer, what is, for you, the most influential period of Doctor Who?

It’s what Philip Hinchcliffe told me: Bob Holmes’ scare-the-buggers devilment plus Barry Letts’ popular ecological seriousness. (Did I mention that Nelson Mandela told me never to drop names?)

How did you chance upon the idea of the new mechanical companion?

 My joke on an internet group has spawned a canary-sized monster I cannot control. With luck, subsequent writers will forget all about it. That worked for Kamelion, didn’t it?

How do you find writing for Compassion, a companion who’s completely emotionless?

Compassion’s emotions aren’t expressed conventionally. I disliked her initially, but decided against reinventing her. Eventually I warmed to her—though she’s not a warm person.

Your creation of Temm Sempiter indicates a love of the larger-than-life villain. What were your inspirations?

Big villains make the Doctor more impressive when he defeats them. I imagine commissioning editor Steve Cole glaring at me and demanding my overdue manuscript. My nightmare is being trapped in a lift with him and former Doctor Who Magazine columnist Jackie Jenkins.

Do you prefer ‘stand alone’ stories rather than developing old ideas from the series’ past? If so, why?

Writing a genre novel isn’t terribly original of me, so I try to innovate within the constraints of the existing franchise. I prefer Eighth Doctor stuff—developing him, his companions, and other new elements. Frontier Worlds is part of a developing story, but you can read it as a one-off.

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  1. […] reviews, and won the Doctor Who Magazine 1999 poll for Best Eighth Doctor novel. I also did a short interview for that […]

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