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“Superior stand-up skills – very, very funny” – The Guardian

“Likeable, self-deprecating and armed with impeccable timing” – The Dubliner

“A comedy genius” – Metro

LATEST UPDATES (November 2018)

I am still performing regularly at The Comedy Store (every second and last Sunday of the month), XS Malarkey (Tuesdays) and the 99 Club  Leicester square (Wednesdays – but I have opted to do the gig fortnightly from now on). I can’t in fit many other gigs because…

My adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s lost television play The Road was broadcast on Radio 4 on October 27th. Recorded at Maida Vale studios it stars Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough who play, respectively,  a philosopher and an inventor who are investigating reports of a haunting in a wood in the late 18th century. It got some good coverage in the press:

“PICK OF THE DAY : Toby Hadoke’s eerie adaptation” – The Guardian

“PICK OF THE DAY : **** – Stay tuned to the end for the haunting climax” – The Daily Mail

“PICK OF THE WEEK – a spooky drama – a response to living in terrifying times” – Radio Times 

“Toby Hadoke’s chilling adaptation. An excellent rendition of a deservedly hailed classic. Unmissable. 10/10” – Sci-Fi Bulletin

“Toby Hadoke’s skilful adaptation … makes for a thought-provoking Halloween chiller – ****½” – SFX Magazine

The Road will be available on iPlayer (or BBC Sounds, bluergh) here until the end of the month.

Adrian Scarborough and Mark Gatiss star in The Road on Radio 4. They’re not alone in the woods…

I was recently the guest on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (except this edition was recorded at the Manchester Dancehouse). The podcast has an illustrious roster of contributors so I’m extremely flattered to have been asked. It’s rather fun even if my plan to talk about things other than Doctor Who was spectacularly unsuccessful. You can listen to it here.

Sean Bean is narrating the ITV Remembrance Day programme Britain’s Poppies : The First World war Remembered, but all of the other voices in the programme have been done by be. It tells some terribly moving stories and will be a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives on our behalf. I’m touched to have been involved with such a well made production which tells a number of stories that we must never forget. ITV, 9.30pm, Sunday 11th November.

Quatermass and the Pit comes to Blu-Ray on November 12th, and I have been working on the release, donating a large amount of photographic and audio material, as well as presenting the commentaries on all six episodes. Not many cast and crew survive, but if they do, we got them, and they have been spliced in with some recordings of my chats with those who are no longer with us. The film sequences have been remastered and they look extraordinary. It’s going to be a terrific release considering the age of the source material and is well worth a look.

I filmed a role in the Eddie Izzard/Judi Dench/Jim Broadbent film 6 Minutes to Midnight at the end of last month: it’s directed by The Next Doctor‘s Andy Goddard. Most details are still under wraps but you can read a little bit about what I got up to on it here. 

The Quatermass book grows by the day. It’s pretty much my sole focus between now and Christmas. These past few months have found my securing contributions form David Tennant, John Carpenter, Barbara Kellermann, Indira Varma and Toyah Willcox. So it’s going to be pretty detailed! More info soon…

The fabulous, thought provoking and brutally funny Sean McLoughlin


 XS Malarkey is now 21 years old. What a run, and it continues this month with appearances from Alfie Brown, Kevin Gildea, Dan Nightingale, Tom Deacon, Abigoliah Schamaun, and Sean McLoughlin amongst others.  We got  a nice write up in the Manchester Evening News, telling the story of the club. More listings details are available at  the XS Malarkey Website.

I have had the sad duty of writing a few obituaries this recently.  The Guardian have kept me busy, writing about the lives of Derrick Sherwin,  Jacqueline Pearce and Zienia Merton.

I have also made another documentary for the Doctor Who Blu-Ray range… More news when I am allowed to share it…

The delightful Sue Nicholls and her husband Mark Eden, who played a journalist in Quatermass and the Pit at the start of his illustrious career.

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9 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Hi Toby,

    I really enjoyed your radio 4 play (say that phrase rather quickly for instant hilarity…). Impressive juggling act between daft jokes and real emotion – with a soupcon of who-isms for the cognoscenti. Cheers!

    Dave McG

  2. Adored your play “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. It became quite sad towards the end – for those of us who have lost our parents will know. All in all, great stuff indeed.

  3. Hi Toby enjoying reading “running through corridors two” greatly ( when does vol 3 come out ? I hope the what between volumes isnt too long this time) but on page 119 you say Robert Holmes made up the word “Tellurian”. Sorry he didn’t make it up, it’s rooted in latin, meaning “things of or pertaining to the earth”
    One of the things I still love about Dr Who is it often sends me scurrying for the dictionary, though Robert Holmes does that more than most writers. He sent me to look “Tellurian” up when I watched the repeat in the five faces of Dr Who back in 81.
    When does the dvds of “moths” etc come out ?

    Best Wishes

    1. Ah, I sit corrected. Nice nugget of info, thanks. And thanks for reading.

      Not sure re: DVDs and Volume Three. Hopefully there latter won’t be as long: I prodded Rob the other day. Watch this space…

      1. Thank you for such wonderful readin g running through corridors Toby I’ve watched dr who since 63 and its such a joy to us to read rt c I’m still on 1 but wondering when 3 will be out know your so busy loved twice upon time dennis

  4. Hi Toby. I was deeply touched to see the In Memoriam video of Dr Who related people for 2017- it included my father Chick Anthony – twice ! He was also in the image of Chris Holcombe. I didn’t know he had died too. I remember my father mentioning him when I was a child. Could you send me the original pic the you circled Chris in please – and Chick is in the front row middle. I’ve not seen that shot before. Do you have any others by the way ? many thanks.

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