It is often said that the key to great comic delivery is timing. I would go further and say its the key to great writing too. But before I get into that, let’s examine the power of timing in the best way possible — Morecambe and Wise.
After a long wait, series five of Doctor Who is with us. The first episode — The Eleventh Hour — debuted over the Easter weekend in the UK, bringing with it a new Doctor and a new production team. But brilliant as the whole shebang was — and it was a thoroughly enjoyable hour — I couldn’t help feeling I’d seen it all before!
Comedy writing has always had a harder time finding legitimacy than other forms – television comedy even more so. Different writing genres have always been prone to elitism and arbitrary labels of legitimacy or triviality, which seems a mite unfair when we look for genuine artistry.
Warning: Contains spoilers. Torchwood has had an uneasy run over the last three years. Originally touted as the ‘adult’ spin-off series from Doctor Who, the first series presented pretty ordinary storylines punctuated by swearing, graphic violence and oodles of sex. It wasn’t so much adult as adolescent.
If you’re telling a story, there comes a time when you have to explain to the audience what’s going on. Exposition is unavoidable, but if your characters merely start telling the story to each other, the script will feel false. People just don’t talk like that.