SFX recently did a lengthy interview with Eve Myles where she reveals more information on her new theatrical role in All New People, adds some insight on Torchwood’s possible return, and explains the history of getting the role of Gwyneth in the Doctor Who episode ‘The Unquiet Dead.’
On All New People
So how are you finding your first taste of comedy?
It’s the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. There’s a technique and a discipline to it. You cannot wing it. It is about sheer timing, hitting every word, every punctuation. Everything that’s in Zach’s script we’ve got to play because it’s there for a reason. It’s a bit like Shakespeare. You miss a word out of a sentence in Shakespeare and you feel like something’s gone wrong because the rhythm’s been knocked.
I shouldn’t say I’ve never done comedy before – I’ve done dramas where my character has been humorous – but I’ve never done a straight comedy before. Not that it is a straight comedy. It’s not any more. There are so many levels to it now. It will make you cry. It will make you roar with laughter and then it’ll make you think, then it will surprise you.
It’s all a bit up in limbo at the moment isn’t it?
Well, it always had been. This is no different to me and John from the first series on. There’s always been a 15-16 month gap. In my heart I don’t think it’s the end. If I did think it had reached the end of its natural life, I’d be the first one to say, ‘I’m out of here.’ But it doesn’t feel like the end. I don’t ever want to over-egg the pudding, of course, and I never want to come back with something that people are expecting, either. We’ve always come back different, with something people have loved or hated, and that’s what we want to do again, otherwise we won’t keep making this program because people will get bored.
I don’t know, is the real answer. Nobody knows. But I hope so. I can’t let her go yet. I’m not ready to let her go yet. I’ve got another series in me. Or I’ve got another film in me.
There are some other great nuggets of information so head over to SFX to read the full interview.