Way back in 2001 as the character of Rupert Giles left Buffy the Vampire Slayer (greatest TV show ever made) Joss Whedon first toyed with the idea of a spin off series made by the BBC and starring Anthony Stewart Head in his role as Rupert Giles. This series was to be called Ripper and Whedon has been mentioning the series/special in interviews ever since.
On Wednesday The A.V. Club ran an interview with Whedon discussing The Avengers in which he revealed that Ripper still isn’t completely dead yet. The relevant part of the interview is below:
The thing about Ripper — the essence of it — is that the BBC came to me at one point like, “It doesn’t have to be Ripper. It can just be [Anthony Stewart Head], and there’s magic, and he’s Tony, cuz he’s awesome.” And that’s the thing: For some reason, he keeps getting sexier every year. That’s not happening to me! I’m like, “What are you doing?” And that story was always about a mature guy who’s lived, and about the choices he’s made. So you could make that now, or you could make it 10 years from now. And I’ve tortured Tony more than any other living human with, “We’re definitely gonna do this!” Because I thought we were. He’s working so much, though, I’d feel too guilty. But that’s the thing with Ripper: It doesn’t go away in my head because he’s still right for it, and he could still bring it.
If Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favourite TV series of all time then Rupert Giles is my favourite TV character of all time. Clearly nothing would make me happier than if Joss Whedon were to finally make Ripper at the BBC with Anthony Stewart Head. I just wish that the project would either happen or that Whedon would stop bring it up and raising my hopes.
Come on Joss, poop or get off the pot. I’ve been waiting eleven years already.