Candice: I was lucky enough to get a stint on BBC Casualty last week, down in Cardiff. It happened to be the day after the Doctor Who Experience opened, shame because the day before I could have been hanging out with Cybermen.
Anyway, after a rather early start and 104 miles under my belt, I found BBC Cardiff. Lets just say I had to sign a disclosure to say I wouldn’t take photos or tell story lines so I can’t tell you much, but its a nice place. To be honest I don’t watch Casualty and I was only on set for 1 hr so I have no idea what was going on, but I’m keeping stum.
However, I met some very nice people on the day. There was loads of extras, and in talking to them I found that alot of them were regulars. And when I mean regulars, I mean people who have been doing it for 15 years! One lady had started off bottom of the food chain, like me, and worked her way up to Doctor Someone (not Who – same building different extras). And another whose job it was to “meander” ie loiter in the back of shot as a Paramedic. These guys are the meat of a show like this, and you might not recognise them week in and week out, but they make the whole thing look real. However, now I’ve met them I am sure I’ll be spotting them left right and centre.
I was a lowly visitor in waiting room, but I might get a nice shot if I’m lucky.
Part of the point of this day is to meet other people who expand my horizons, and on Friday I did. I ended up spending most of my time with Scott, Paul and Steve, who entertained me greatly in those long hours between 9.30am (when we left set) and 5pm (when we were signed out). We even ended up playing hang man out of boredom! But the stories I get told are just as interesting as the day and I like to lodge them away for future writing ideas.
However, I had competition as there was another writer in our midst. Paul, who writes articles and stories for a magazine called Now he was a proper “ . whovian” and we did have a nice chat about who was the best Doctor.
So, Phil and I might have to tackle SciFi at some point, because we might have a route to a publisher!
On a final note, as I was leaving, Russell T Davies drove past. Now that was rather cool.