I'm a writer and artist, working mainly in comic books, and living in the South East of England (although I'm technically half Scottish and half English).
I'm the managing editor of Orang Utan Comics, group editor of AAM/Markosia, writer of Alpha Gods, Hypergirl and Hero: 9-5, and also do freelance inking and lettering work for the likes of AAM/Markosia, Slave Labour, Top Shelf, Image, Marvel/Panini and I letter the official Doctor Who graphic novels for BBC Books.
Nick has been working for the Doctor Who production team for seven years, and has recently gained permission to produce official replicas of the props he’s created for the show. Yes, that’s right, you can own Doctor Who prop replicas that are made by the very guy who makes the real props used in the show!
The famous fountain at the heart of BBC TV Centre. At the top is the god Helios, at the base are two nymphs, one with a mask and another with a harp. They represent light, sound and vision, the elements that go together to make television.
The fountain has rarely been used, partly because the shape of the building causes an almighty echo effect, and partly because the fountain is situated right about the BBC’s archives department, and is prone to leaking. Some of you may recognise the fountain from Roy Castle’s tap dance record breaking attempt from Record Breakers back in the day, for which the show had to get special permission to get the fountain switched on for the filming.
I went there yesterday for a tour, and was lucky enough to get to visit Studio One, which is rarely accessible on the tour as it’s usually in use. Television Centre, parts of which are Grade II listed, will be closing in March, with production moving to Salford and Central London. The building is up for sale, with its eight television studios and production facilities, and can be yours for a mere £300 million.
Personally I think it’s a real shame that this will no longer be the home of the BBC.