Exclusive Interview: Michelle Gomez
WhovianNet was thrilled to get the opportunity to catch up with Michelle Gomez recently about all things Doctor Who and her latest project, Heather’s American Medicine!
The comedy web series stars the Missy actress as Heather, a neurotic agony aunt who tries to pull her punches as she deals with requests for advice. And Michelle has certainly been keeping herself busy over the last few months. After being introduced as the first female incarnation of the Master in Series 8 of Doctor Who, she’ll be back with a vengeance in Series 9 in which she looks let to “surprise everyone”.
In the meantime, we chatted to Michelle about playing her new agony aunt alter ego, her Missy musings and how she feels about taking to the stage later this year as the host of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in New York. Check out our full Q&A below…
Q. Hi, Michelle! What can you tell us about Heather’s American Medicine in a nutshell?
A. Heather is a deluded ambitious agony aunt who is out to solve the world’s problems using some good old fashioned common sense.
Q. How did your involvement with the web series come about?
A. My friend Jesse Cleverly and I have always wanted to work together, so we cooked her up over a series of web chats and decided to launch her online.
Q. What initially interested you about the series?
A. The big draw for me was the freedom. We seem to have lost the freedom of speech so it’s all too easy to offend these days. We wanted to shine some light on the social restrictions of being politically correct all the time.
Q. What’s the best thing about working on an online series, as opposed to one for TV?
A. The best thing that working online affords you is the opportunity to take more chances. Most TV is designed by committee.
Q. What are your favourite things about playing Heather?
A. My favourite thing about Heather is her conviction – even when she’s talking b*llocks!
Q. From one formidable lady to another. What was your reaction when you found out you’d be playing the first female incarnation of the Master in Doctor Who?
A. Disbelief! Actually, I still can’t quite believe it. I also love that no one seems to have batted an eyelid about the gender leap.
Q. So you’ve been pleased with the response that Missy has had from the show’s fans thus far?
A. I’ve been beyond thrilled with the response. It’s all a bit surreal, really. I mean, who would have thunk it!? The Master is a woman! Love it.
Q. Missy will, of course, be back in Series 9. Were you happy to be asked back, and is there anything at all you can tell us about her anticipated return?
A. Yes, I was very pleased to be asked back, and no, I can’t tell you a goddamn thing. Spoilers!
Q. Are you excited about hosting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular in New York later this year?
A. You bet I’m excited and… err, a little nervous! That is a big stadium so I’ll definitely be washing my hair for that night.
Q. Finally, have you got any other upcoming projects you can tell us about?
A. Look out for ‘The Brink’ on HBO, which starts airing here in the US on 21st June. It’s a political satire starring Tim Robbins, Jack Black and some other guy called Rob Brydon. But they might have cut his part by now.
You can now subscribe to Heather’s American Medicine over at Wildseed Studios.