We love the premise of Wizards Vs Aliens – a popular wizard and an introverted boffin fighting aliens!
“Yes. Wizards always seem to be portrayed as lonely and introverted now, and actually, if you’ve got a book of spells and you’re a good-looking lad, you’re going to be king of the school. That’s Tom. And Benny, the geeky one becomes one of the heroes, because he knows about spaceships, eclipses and laser beams.”
Did the show come about after the death of Lis Sladen, which meant the end of the Sarah Jane Adventures?
“There was a necessity about it, to be blunt, when SJA came to that sudden end after the terrible loss of Lis. There were a lot of people out of work - crew, technicians, designers, prosthetics people. I felt a duty and responsibility to employ these people. So it had to happen now, and it’s been lucky for me that it is an absolute joy.”
Speaking of the Doctor – are you involved at all in plans for his 50th birthday next year?
“I think I’d be like the ghost at the feast, what would I do – turn up and make the tea? I have asked current boss Steven Moffat not to tell me what they are planning.”
Read the full interview on the What's on TV website.