When you watch Torchwood there is a warning at the very beginning that some scenes may offend or disturb people, so if you allow your children to sit and watch it with you that’s your responsibility, it’s not ours anymore. We kissed, we held each other, we lay on top of each other in bed… and there were lots of complaints about that. Nobody complained that I was shot in the head four times, there were burning people in ovens, that I was stabbed by a mob of 50 people hundreds of times, and I was hanging dripping my blood in a pit. So that’s what confuses me, because you’re not complaining about gay sex, you’re complaining about two men kissing. And it’s 2011. And people say, “Well why should we have that on television?” Because the BBC have to represent the greater public — and there are gay people out there who pay their television license. For people to complain, that’s your prerogative — but you know what, none of them turned it off! They were just embarrassed because it put them in a position where they had to explain things to their kids or their family which probably should have been explained a long time ago.
BILLY: One of the amazing things about Elijah is that he can sleep anywhere, at any time. I mean I’ve seen him do it and if they don’t go back to him for fifteen minutes he’ll be sitting there like that [pretending to sleep] like for fifteen minutes and then someone will go ‘Elijah!’ ‘Yeah, scene, right!’ and he goes! It’s an incredible thing that he’s got. I mean he must have been so tired during that shoot because y’know there were times when we had time off, Elijah had pretty much no time off - ever.
DOMINIC: I’ve seen him fall down three sets of staircases and then just get up and walk off. That is an incredible gift man, he’s like y’know, Chaplin.
SEAN: I sort of appointed myself as his kind of minder. Y’know I wanted to look after him and make sure he was okay.
ELIJAH: Sean was very much Sam for me, always looking after me, being there for me.
SEAN: He kept locking his keys in his apartment and he’d leave and couldn’t get back in and I’d be like ‘Don’t worry I’ll take care of it’. I would arrange to have a locksmith brought out there and get his keys so he could continue going about, having whatever fun he was having or talking to who he was talking to and forty-five minutes later I would bring him his keys. I saw the need for life to imitate art. Sam needed to look after Frodo as his primary identity, as the fellowship began to coalesce that was the job I carved out for myself.
Sir Ian McKellen, you win.
“Does this mean I’m knighted? Or did I just get queened?”