Merlin: Colin Morgan answers YOUR questions on Doctor Who, plans for the future and juggling

You asked the questions, he provided the answers - here's (y)our interview with the BBC fantasy show's 26-year-old star

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Merlin: Colin Morgan answers YOUR questions on Doctor Who, plans for the future and juggling
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Tom Cole

On Friday we offered you the chance to put a question to Merlin star Colin Morgan and we were inundated with hundreds of responses. We had everything from marriage proposals to queries about Mr. Morgan's favourite colour sent in but, sadly, we couldn't ask him everything. Indeed, had we done so, he'd probably still be talking to us tomorrow...

Mind you, we did get to quiz him about the end of the series, his plans for the future and a whole lot more besides. So, without further ado, here's your interview with Merlin himself:

What do you think of the end of Merlin's story? Does Merlin's story end the way you wanted it to? 

Yeah, when I read the final episodes I was extremely pleased with them. I was also shocked - they were very unexpected. I obviously had in my head an idea of where they were going to go, and having read the Arthurian legend, I knew how it ended in legend. So I was very, very pleased with it and I think the fans will be too.

What’s your favourite memory of working on the show?

It’s probably my very first day – you know, being on set and that excitement and uncertainty, and the expectation of what was to come. It was just a huge adventure and I very much look back on that time as being very exciting. It was the beginning of an era.

Did you keep anything from Merlin, i.e. Merlin's neckerchief or anything else from the set?

I have kept some things but, as most of the five years has been on screen, I’m going to keep those memorabilia secret.

Who did you most enjoy filming with?

Richard Wilson, definitely. I always looked forward to all my scenes with him. He’s an absolute gentleman and a real pleasure to work with. And he’s become a really good friend. I just really enjoyed every moment I had with him.

Do you have a favourite episode of Merlin?

A lot of my favourite stuff has been this season so far, but in past series I guess my favourite one was an episode called The Last Dragonlord, which was the finale of season two. It was an episode where we got to see Merlin for the first time confronting an element of his past.

We got to meet his father for the first time and it was the first time, I think, where Merlin got given a true element of power. He was given the gift of the Dragonlord, which was the power his father had, and it was a nice glimpse of the past.

What was it like playing the old witch in the episode With All My Heart?

(Laughs) That was a lot of fun. I mean, I’d played old Merlin before – as an old guy - so when I read in the script that I was going to be playing an old woman, it was definitely a bit of a challenge. But it was very exciting getting to get the chance to play essentially three different characters in one episode. It was a lot of fun.

Was it you doing the juggling in Arthur's Bane and, if so, when did you learn to juggle?

Yeah, it was me juggling. There was a guy from one of the local circus schools in Cardiff who came on set and he trained me up. Once you get the technique down, then it’s up to you – you’ve just got to practice loads. I wanted to be able to do five [balls at once] but the guy told me that it took him over a year to learn how to do five. So considering I only had a couple of months, that wasn’t going to be possible. So I got up to four, which was pretty good.

Would you like to see a movie made of Merlin at some point down the line?

Now that it's out in the open that this is the final series, I think fans will be satisfied with how it's ended. To do any more would possibly go down an avenue that would lead to people being unsatisfied. I think it's important to end on a high.

What plans do you have for the future now that Merlin’s coming to an end?

To do stories that I love, scripts that I love and work with people who are passionate about them and passionate about projects. Whether that’s on stage or television or film, that’s the kind of environment I want to work in.

If you could star in any other programme on TV at the moment, which would it be and why?

I haven’t been able to watch a lot of TV recently but I do love Breaking Bad, I think it’s an amazing TV series. That’s my favourite TV series at the minute, so let’s go with that. It’s brilliant - it’s really, really good.

How would you feel about working again on Doctor Who?

Well, that box has already been ticked, but I feel very lucky to have been part of that. It was my first filming job really, so it was a great thing to be a part of, but in terms of the future? Probably not.

So, no interest in donning the bow tie or taking control of the TARDIS then?

(Laughs) No, I don’t think so.

If you hadn’t become an actor, what do you think you might have done instead?

I’m not sure because I only ever wanted to be an actor. There wasn’t ever a lot else. I think, as a kid, whenever you say you want to be an actor you get discouraged, so perhaps if I had have listened to those people telling me that, I might have gone down the route of a teacher. But I was never really going to do that.

What was it that first inspired you to pursue acting?

I’d describe it as a natural instinct. I can’t actually pinpoint anything that made me want to be an actor, I just did. And then anything after that just fuelled it.

What’s the most amazing thing a fan’s ever done for you?

One of the most amazing things, while we’re filming, is that a load of people turn up to the castle in France.

It's amazing because when we first started filming in the castle in series one, the show hadn’t aired. We were just there shooting and there were some people who were coming to see the castle and they were like ‘oh what’s going on there?’

And since that it’s just grown and grown each year, and the appreciation from the fans coming and supporting at the castle has been very overwhelming. It’s been great for us, great support.

Have you got any plans to attend any conventions in the foreseeable future?

Who knows? I’ve got nothing on the cards at the minute though.

You are an "Accomplished Bodrhan Player" and part of the Belfast music scence. Will we get to see you perform your instrument? Do you have any musical aspirations?

(Laughs) No, probably not. I’m a big fan of live music and going to gigs, but I’ll leave it to the professionals.


Merlin Series 5, part 1 (episodes 1-6) is released on DVD on 26th November 2012. Series 5, part 2 and the Complete Series 5 DVD / Blu-Ray are released on 21st January 2013 on Fremantle Media Enterprises.

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