One of the coolest things for me was that Joss shared with us some of the ideas and characters he would have used in the Ripper TV series he was developing with the BBC, and encouraged us to use them if it worked. The characters of Giles’ eternally-young great-aunts, Lavinia and Sophronia Fairweather, just debuted in Angel & Faith #10 and they are among the most fun for me to write. If I recall correctly, they would have been played by Anthony Stewart Head’s real life daughters in the show.
AVC: But we should give up on that Giles spin-off, Ripper, right? Come on.
JW: Oh yeah, totally. [Laughs.] No, 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.