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Richard Curtis: Writing ‘Doctor Who’ Prepared Me for Doing ‘About Time’
About Time, an ever-so timey-wimey rom-com written and directed by Richard Curtis, arrived in limited release on November 1, ahead of a nationwide expansion this Friday (November 8). It tells the story of young British man (Domhnall Gleeson) who learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that he can time-travel and re-experience key moments in his life, which all comes in handy in his awkward but promising romance with a lovely but dotty American expat (Rachel McAdams). (Did we mention that his time-traveling vehicle is a cupboard?)
If there’s a slight Whovian tint to the film, know that it was entirely intentional. Curtis wrote an episode of the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who back in 2010 titled “Vincent and the Doctor,” which brought the Doctor and Amy Pond in the midst of the tragic 19th century painter Vincent Van Gogh. (About Time star and longtime Curtis cohort Nighy appeared at the end of the episode in a tear-jerking scene.)
Curtis told us, “The Doctor Who episode I wrote was definitely part of the education to be able to write this movie.” Watch our interview with him, as well as a bit of Bill Nighy talking about his role in “Vincent and the Doctor.”
Plus, where would the About Time crew go if they had the power to time-travel? Bill Nighy would correct a few bad hairdos.
And here’s Nighy’s scene from the “Vincent and the Doctor” episode. If your eyes don’t at least well up, I will question your humanity.
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