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I'm pleased to be joining the show, because I'm very impressed with it. For those who don't know, the series is about a group of scientists who deal with anomalies that have started appearing, connecting different time periods. Their major problems concern the animals that wander through the anomalies, from pre-dinosaur reptiles to giant centipedes. I love the emphasis on genuine natural history, that the animals behave like animals, rather than 'monsters', and that our heroes have a duty of care towards them, and are fascinated by them. I like the SF emphasis on logic, and the family teatime emphasis on high adventure. I especially like the production team, how easy it is to work with them, and how they have a long term plan with some lovely twists (and a genuinely SFnal sense of dread and alienation creeping in around the halfway point next season). The showrunner is Adrian Hodges, who also wrote one of my favourite episodes of Rome. I've asked to not have to jerk any tears this time round, and write to the show's speciality: crash bang creature of the week adventure with a human dimension. If I was eight years old, I think I'd be glued to this show with my dinosaur books in hand, spotting the real creatures as they appear. If Eastercon was anything to go by, the British SF community like the series too. So I'm happy all round.
Now, before anyone says it, this isn't me 'joining the opposition'. The opposition in telly is what's on against you in the same time slot. And schedulers these days never try and fight like with like. I'll always be a Doctor Who fanboy at heart. Indeed, yesterday I recorded a podcast commentary for the second episode of 'Human Nature', having seen a rough version of the first one a couple of days earlier. I have to say that I'm absolutely blown away by what the production team have achieved. I particularly love Charlies Palmer's direction. I don't think I've ever been happier with anything I've done for TV. I'm so, so, proud to be part of that crew.
Finally, having had a dress rehearsal last week, now I can genuinely say: Wisdom issue five is out on Wednesday/Thursday, depending which side of the pond you're on. This one ends with our surprise villains crashing in.
So that's my news. Wish me luck. Until next time, Cheerio.