Robin Hood cast and crew on filming in Hungary, living up to the legend, and more

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Even as they forged their own path, though, Armstrong found the legend difficult to live up to at first. “I had a picture in my head of what Robin Hood looked like: six foot two, muscular, all these images came to my head,” explains Armstrong. “I felt a bit underconfident, because people have an idea of what Robin Hood should look like, or I had anyway. I think I was very self-conscious about that.”

“At the table read, in the Sheriff’s Great Hall – with all the executives from the BBC and BBC Worldwide, there were over 100 people – I convinced myself I was gonna get replaced. I was that nervous! But once the cameras started rolling, and I was surrounded by my fellow cast members, and especially the stunt team as well, I felt safe.

“After the first episode some critics were quite cruel, saying physically, I didn’t look like how Robin Hood ‘should’ look like. But that’s their opinion, so excuse my language but f**k them,” says Armstrong, explaining how “in the break between series, I worked with a trainer and put on about a stone and a half of muscle. I came back looking physically different, and I felt more at ease with myself.”

Really enjoyed writing this one – it’s a similar style of article to the Primeval piece that published recently, and between them (and the as-yet-unannounced one I’m working on still) I’m really getting into this sort of production history, behind the scenes look, oral history type thing.

Obviously I’m fascinated by television and how it’s made anyway, if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be doing this, but it’s a huge amount of fun to get to interview people about their experiences on shows I used to really love. Big fan of Robin Hood, back in the day.

Credit also to A Different Kind of Hood, the fansite dedicated to this show – really stunning resource if you’re interested in learning more about the show, I used it to check a lot of different details while I was doing my research for this piece (and found the HD version of the picture above there too).

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Colin Baker on Big Finish, Jodie Whittaker, and who should play the next Doctor

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The world of Doctor Who is anticipating a big change: it won’t be long until Jodie Whittaker embarks on her final series as the Doctor, soon to regenerate into the fourteenth (ish) actor to play the Time Lord. Has Baker been following her performance?

“I’ve seen enough to know that I thoroughly approve,” he enthuses. “I love something that she has brought, that I’ve never seen in a Doctor before, which is joy: the joy of being the Doctor. I suppose joy isn’t a particularly manly attribute. Usually, smugness is more what men go for, rather than joy!”

“Those initial episodes, where she was finding out who she was and making a sonic screwdriver? All those moments, I actually loved it. I’m looking forward to having the chance to sit and watch all the other stories! I love the way it was going. And I’m sure she will have a thumping good exit, I’m looking forward to seeing that as well.”

New interview! I spoke to Colin Baker – the Sixth Doctor! – about his latest Big Finish adventures, his thoughts on Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and who should replace her, and more.

Really enjoyed doing this one – obviously always exciting to talk to a Doctor Who, and it made for a nice debut piece over at Digital Spy too.

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