When I was a kid, Saturdays were the gayest, loveliest day of the week. In the summer (and although I hated sport), I’d often spend my time watching rugby at the club near to our home – fantasising madly about the hunky young rugby players there! In the autumn/winter, I’d wait patiently for teatime and then curl up in front of the telly to lose myself in the world of Doctor Who.
For some reason, Doctor Who has always been popular among gay men and boys – perhaps it’s the campness of it all – and a friend of mine once suggested it was something to do with the TARDIS representing the closet!
Sadly, Saturdays just haven’t been the same since Doctor Who finished its current run earlier in the (so-called!) summer. But, for those of us suffering withdrawal symptoms until the Doctor returns to our screens on Christmas Day, BBC Wales has come to the rescue with another fantastic 13-part drama series – Merlin. What’s more, it stars the cute and delicious Colin Morgan (as the young wizard – move over Harry Potter), who’s currently my Number One “Top of the Hots”.
Morgan (22) – a nominee for the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Newcomer of the Year award – made his professional acting debut in 2007, in the title role of the Young Vic’s Vernon God Little. He followed this with All About My Mother at the Old Vic, before returning to the Young Vic – naked and hot! – in A Prayer for My Daughter.
He made his television debut on Christmas Day in 2007 playing “a gay man, now” in The Catherine Tate Show Christmas Special. He followed this with a stint in “Midnight” (above), an episode of Series 4 of Doctor Who where, with his pale complexion, pitch-black hair and black nail varnish, he reminded me of a gorgeous gay Goth friend of mine.
In Merlin (left), Morgan’s rather sweet performance is more gay Emo than gay Goth and, while the first episode as a whole was a little lacking in some respects, the show has far more going for it than the Beeb’s Robin Hood now that the sizzlingly hot Harry Lloyd has hung up his Scarlet bow . . . and is a damn lot better than having to endure Simon Cowell and his interminable X Factor on ITV!
Hurrah (again) for Saturday nights!
Colin Morgan’s “Midnight” video diary can be viewed here, while one of his Catherine Tate Show “gay man, now” sketches can be seen here.