Christmas presents! Yes, my copy of Short Trips: Christmas Around The World arrived, and very lovely it is too. I have a story in there, "Companion", and I'm really proud of it. As I said before, this one is particularly special to me, partly because I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, partly because I'm really happy with the way it came out. The book has a lovely cover, and tons of great stories, although I've only read 3 others - the ones by Sir Jason of Arnopp, Lord Simon of Guerrier, and Dame Kate of Orman, which are brilliant. I'll get round to the others soon. It's released on the 1st December, and would make a lovely present for anyone in the world, ever. Even if they don't celebrate Christmas, or any of the many other end of year celebratory thingies (look them up yourself, that's what the internet is for). Call it a "year end" present, or something.
Speaking of presents, the Doctor Who series 4 box set is out right now, as we speak. Get yourself in on that action, you know it makes sense.
And I'm a guest on a podcast, The Chronic Rift, available here. It's a round table discussion, although I was at home, alone, talking to them on Skype, there was NO ROUND TABLE. There's your scandal, folks. I imagine you're probably feeling betrayed, confused, slightly aroused – that's okay. Just grab some flaming torches, and go burn down the nearest observatory, so that this kind of thing never happens again. But listen to the podcast first, it's good fun.
Back from Cardiff now, and yes, I was there to watch some filming. I can't say anything about it at all, so please try not to cause an international incident by asking. Don't make me get the UN involved. Because I don't know how. But! I do have a casting revelation - the latest sexysexual sex-recruit to the Torchwood team is a very handsome, talented chap called...
Oh, how embarrassing! It's me! Oh, okay, it's not me really, I just wanted it to be, but apparently the Beeb have "rules" about not letting scrawny writers with no acting experience ruin their shows by appearing on screen. Yeah, I know - kept down by The Man again. So I had some pics taken, partly for fun, partly so I can stop using that old pic of myself in the TARDIS any time I do an interview. Thank you to Brian for grabbing my camera and marching me around to the various cool bits in there. Although I jumped on to the invisible lift all by myself.
Obviously, I can't tell you anything about what I saw or heard on set, but suffice to say it was bloody good stuff. I can't wait for series 3 to be unleashed, it's going to knock quite a few socks off out there. There'll have to be an official BBC inquiry about the amount of people walking around, socks-less. Questions will be asked in Parliament. Questions like "dude, what's going on with the socks?"
While I was there, I took the opportunity to take the TARDIS for a spin around the universe. This is me, mid-flight:
"Hello? Captain Jack? ... ... Yeah, it's TV's James Moran here. Listen, I'm pumping this pumpy thing just like you did in Journey's End, but it's not working... ... Oh yeah? A twisting pump action, you say? Fair enough, I'll give it a go, you big sexy beast. Kthxbye."
What? What are you looking at? Hey, where are you all going?? I can be ten years old if I want, shut up.