In an interview with The Independent’s Christina Patterson to promote the upcoming A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Dan spoke of his love of the work of the author Mikhail Bulgakov, and about the fact that fear is very much a motivating factor for him.
On his favourite book, The Master and Margarita, having had an impact on a whole culture, just like Harry Potter:”It is,” says Radcliffe, and he doesn’t seem to flinch at the question, “something that has. It’s in the collective consciousness of a generation, and there are words that are now filtering into the language, like Quidditch and Muggle. It’s a shared set of references, I suppose, and it’s quite universal. Potter was so massively wide-ranging, and read by everyone.” I nod. I feel a bit guilty, but I still nod. It was read by pretty much everyone. Just not, unfortunately, by me. “I’m always pleased,” says Radcliffe, and he sounds as though he means it, “to be associated with something that was so important. And it’s not just a franchise. It’s only really in the past few years that that word has been bandied around, and it makes everything seem very cold and business-like. We were always wanting to prove ourselves and get better with every film.”
On fear being a motivating factor:
“Oh, it’s very motivating,” says Radcliffe, with an eagerness that has me smiling again. “I don’t want anyone ever to say ‘you know, maybe somebody could do Dan’s job better than him’. In the past, they could legitimately say that at certain points. I haven’t always been thrilled with my work. But the fear of not proving the people wrong who think you can’t emerge from a franchise and do well, that’s a very strong driving force.”
You can read the entire interview here
On Friday evening, Dan took part in a conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos at Whistler Film Festival, as part of their Spotlight Series. You can read highlights of the event here, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun. The event was filmed, so fingers crossed it will show up online soon.
Dan was a guest on the 7th December episode of BBC1′s The Graham Norton Show (series 12, ep 7), alongside Team GB’s gold medalist Jessica Ennis, Ricky Gervais and musical guest Bruno Mars. With his Sky Arts series A Young Doctor’s Notebook setting a new ratings record for the channel, Dan spoke about his role as the young Doctor, and was shown a fanfiction website dedicated to stories about him.
In an effort to ensure that fans are able to get the latest information on Dan and his career, in the knowledge that it is 100% accurate, Dan now has a Google + Account, with the intent of it being his first and only social media account. If you follow anyone claiming to be Dan on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media account, they are imposters and you should unfollow them as soon as possible.
Dan spoke to MTV about his reasons for creating his Google + Account:
“This has mainly come about because of the amount of people that I meet who tell me that they have contacted me on Twitter or Facebook when I know that’s impossible — because I don’t belong to either one of those sites. Now that I have this page, there will be an outlet for accurate information and hopefully people will not waste their time giving credence to people pretending to be me.”
Interviews with Dan have been published in three different television guide magazines today. Thanks to Sarah, you can read the scans below. Click on the thumbnails to read the larger versions.
TV & Satellite Weekly:
Total TV Guide: