For a good decade now, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel have been THE series to which everything vampire on TV (and in movies) has been compared. So when Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human, claims that he's never seen either show (or Firefly, either), we can almost hear the collective gasp of Joss Whedon fans around the world.
Whether you want to believe it or not, that's what Toby Whithouse recently told SFX magazine:
"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."
Yes, Mr. Whithouse, we ARE looking at you like that. On the other hand, the Being Human creator IS watching HBO's True Blood, of which he's a huge fan:
"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."
Now, anyone volunteering to send Toby Whithouse DVD copies of Buffy, Angel and Firefly?