When ABC Radio calls you in for a chat with the fabulous Sarah MacDonald on the nationwide programme, Nightlife, and tells you that you’re going to be transmitting from ‘The Tardis’…
… the logical assumption is that you’ve either misheard, or the person giving the instructions is a Doctor Who tragic who has been at the controls for so long that they have control-panel fever and lost the capacity to distinguish between truth and fiction.
Wrong. Documentary evidence below.
Science fiction juggernauts aside, Sarah and I had a lovely conversation, wandering across a broad landscape of topics from archaeology to history, Kevin Rudd’s uncanny resemblance to the boy detective, Tintin, and the dodgy shenanigans that go on in the art auction market. Not to mention, of course, The Honourable Thief, and The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill – the book and series, and the process of bringing them to life. It was great speaking with someone who engaged so closely with The Honourable Thief and understood the wider themes of the story. An absolute highlight.
If you’re interested, you’ll find a link to the podcast here. You’ll find my bit starting just after one hour into the program. And, to those of you with limited technological experience, don’t worry – you can scroll forward to get to the right spot in the podcast.