Back in high school, I used to make digital art as a hobby. I had a small amount of early success with it, with a few social media followers (Livejournal, if that gives an indication of time frame - about 15 years ago), and a handful of commissions from record labels for album covers, etc. I had a website that I had made myself, which was a huge struggle since I didn’t know HTML at the time, but it worked and I was proud of it.
At some point, I was browsing my website’s traffic stats, and noticed some traffic originating from a website in India. Turned out it was an art thief, some dipshit in India who had created his own art website, looking to be hired for commissions. He had not only used my digital illustrations on his website, claiming them as his own, but he actually didn’t bother to host them on his own website, instead he embedded them on his website, but their URL path was still linking to my hosting.
So I updated the images on my own website to have a different address, and then replaced the images he had stolen on my own web hosting with new images - plain white backgrounds with bold black text saying something along the lines of “(Fake Artist’s Name) is attempting to claim ownership of artwork that he has no affiliation or involvement with. Please do not support this art thief. He does not possess the legal right to sell this image, or any image displayed on this website.” Hit refresh on his website, and boom, half of his images claiming to be his art now show this message.
It must have stood there for at least a few days, because it took about a week, but he eventually emailed me and claimed he was going to report me for hacking his website. When I pointed out that he had been linking to images hosted on my website, he never replied back.
So I was driving around town, and I realized I was running low on gas. I also figured I was due for a car wash, so I headed to the nearest gas station that had a car wash.
As I’m pulling in, I see a pair of open pumps. My sister had told me earlier that the near pump was faulty and did not let her purchase a car wash, so I started to go for the far pump. As I’m about to pull up, some big SUV comes screaming up to the far pump, pulling up so far that he blocked me from even using the near pump. I was extremely confused, as I had noticed that the gas cap for the SUV was on the left side of the vehicle, but in his rush the driver had pulled up with the right side facing the pump.
Since the SUV pulled up so that we were facing each other, the driver and his passenger were able to see my face, and I theirs. They were laughing and pointing as the driver got out to pump gas while I just sat there, blocked from the pump.
The driver went to unscrew the gas cap, but realized he had pulled up on the wrong side. As he went to get back into his car to fix the issue, another car pulled up behind me.
And so a plan was formed: as the obnoxious SUV driver pulled out to try and realign his car with the pump, I pulled all the way forward and the driver behind me pulled up to the second pump. As I got out to pump gas into my car, the SUV driver comes extremely close to hitting my car and gives me the finger. Whatever, I’m getting my gas and car wash and you have to go elsewhere. I decided to treat myself to the ultimate instead of the regular car wash.
It’s such a different way of working. It’s such a unique show and a unique beast, in itself. Every two weeks is so, so different, and you’re playing that story with an over-arching character. It really is the relationships with Matt [Smith] and Peter [Capaldi] that made that job everything that is it, and what they taught me as actors. They’re so uniquely wonderful. They’re really amazing friends. I think I was lucky to have fallen into the hands of both of them, and they’re really good friends today. Today being six months later.
“If you’ve got forever, you don’t notice the flecks in the concrete, or bother to touch the bricks… You send your friends into danger, knowing the stakes aren’t the same for you, that you might get them killed - while you walk away unscathed.”