As if we needed another reason not to watch Doctor Who, the BBC gives a big FU to the son of Stephen King over writing the series — simply because he is an American.
Joe Hill, who is quite the established writer himself, is a big fan of Doctor Who, especially the David Tennant years, where he recalls in a podcast how he got the opportunity to pitch writing Doctor Who, which saw Neil Gaiman help out, but the BBC told him to go fly a kite and that they won’t ever hire him.
Worth a mention is that the BBC’s Doctor Who is suffering from its worst ratings in 31 years.
BBC won’t let Joe Hill write Doctor Who because he is American
BRIAN KEENE: “So…next twenty years. What’s one thing you guys haven’t tackled yet, that you want to tackle? I’m tackling mine right now. I’m writing a straight western with no supernatural trappings whatsoever. What’s the one thing you haven’t had an opportunity to do yet that you want to try?”
JOE HILL: “I’ll tell you the one thing that I’ve been wanting to do that I’ll never get a chance to do. So, you know I’m a big Doctor Who geek, right?”
HILL: “This is a true story.”
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN: “Okay.”
HILL: “So…I’m a huge Doctor Who geek. Watching Doctor Who…watching the David Tennant Doctor Who with my boys was a really happy part of their childhood, and of me being a dad. And I had some ideas for Doctor Who, and I really wanted to write for that show. And my screen agent got me a chance to pitch on it. So, i spent a month and a half working on three pitches, and man, I have never imagined harder in my whole life. I mean, I just worked so hard on these things. And by chance, I actually wound up spending a weekend with Neil Gaiman. We were in the same place at the same time, and hanging out a lot, and he actually edited my pitches. He actually went through the pitches and was like, ‘Yes do this. Don’t do that. This is a good idea. Hate this idea.’ You know? And I’m like, you couldn’t ask for a better editor!”
GOLDEN: “Of course!”
HILL: “And so I, you know, with trepidation and my heart in my mouth, I sent in my pitches, and a couple weeks passed, and I got…the email I got back said, ‘We have never let an American write Doctor Who, and if we were going to, we wouldn’t start with you.”
KEENE: “Oh my god!
GOLDEN: “Oh come on! Are you fucking kidding me?”
KEENE: “Oh my god!”
[Hill and Keene burst into laughter]
HILL: “Is that not the most smoking rejection of all time?”
HILL: “I remain in awe. I remain in awe. It’s still my favorite rejection.”