Toby Whithouse admits he’s never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Toby Whithouse, creator of supernatural drama Being Human, has admitted he has never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer or its spin-off Angel.
Toby Whithouse, creator of supernatural drama Being Human, has admitted he has never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer or its spin-off Angel. The two Joss Whedon shows have had a huge influence over vampire dramas that followed with the lazy press comparisons to every new teen supernatural series that’s ever launched (It’s the new Buffy, it’s the British Buffy ect). However, speaking to SFX for its Vampire Special it seems one person the two shows haven’t influenced is Toby Whithouse.
“It’s one of the great myths about me. I have never in my life watched an episode of Buffy or Angel. Not in terms of hating it, I just never got round to it. I’d love to see them. Everyone says they’re great. I’ve not seen Firefly either, I saw the film but never the series. Don’t look at me like that.” – Toby Whithouse in SFX
While Joss Whedon fans might struggle to get over the idea of someone working in television never having watched Buffy or Angel the writer does go on to reveal he is a huge fan of True Blood.
“It’s brilliant, but very different to Being Human. Theirs is much more of an ensemble show. Theirs is in a way about an official subset of humanity and how this subset will coexist with the rest of humanity. Ours is more about an anonymous pocket of the supernatural who are fighting to preserve humanity.” – Toby Whithouse in SFX
So it’s not the end of the world after all! On Sunday Being Human returned to BBC Three for its third season and kicked it off with 1.5 million viewers – it’s highest audience to date. Stateside and the second episode of Syfy’s remake actually increased viewers slightly and managed to beat – comprehensively – Skins on MTV.