Onwards and Upwards

OK, I’ve bitten the bullet and accepted that having a blog (which also enables me to update the website myself rather than rely on the marvellous Steve Wild to find time in his busy schedule to amend the original work he put so much effort into). It’s a reluctant acceptance as I fear such things can be terribly self involved and narcissistic, and wouldn’t presume that my opinions on a new crisp flavour, or what I got up to last Thursday, or if I had an amusing encounter with a chav-lady on a bus were of interest to anybody, let alone worth writing up. Especially when I’m supposed to be refining my new Edinburgh show, and already have enough self-inflicted distractions preventing from working on that as it is. I travel on the train a lot, and make sure I get there early to ensure access to a plug socket so I can fire up the laptop (when I am king, sitting on such a seat when you don’t have an electrical appliance will be punishable by death, as will talking in the theatre and being Jeremy Kyle). I kid myself that this means I can write, write, write and be productive when travelling, except that I usually end up watching telly programmes. Like the remake of V that’s currently on. It’s a curious beast. If the US government imposes a tax on Over Reliance On Green Screen, or Actress Playing The Baddie Affecting An Evil Smile As Soon As She Turns Away From The Goodies And Towards The Camera, then that series alone will buoy the economy for the rest of the decade. I’m enjoying it though, even if it’s uncomfortable in places and the title is no longer an evocative echo of Second World War resistance. Some of the latest scripts have upped the ante, but I’m not champing at the bit to see the next episode (hence me playing catch up on the train).

So, anyway, I’m not going to be blogging every day. I will do so if something interesting happens that is related to comedy or Doctor Who and may be of interest to fans of both things. I will also use this, quite brazenly, as a professional resource – advertising forthcoming gigs, plugging my first book (oh yes, you read it here first – not the book, but mention of it) which is due to be announced soon, and mentioning if I sat next to Peter Laird (Chang from The Wheel In Space) on a bus, which I did a couple of weeks ago.

I’m going to put up a gig list now, so people can see when and where I’m playing and turn up to pelt me with whatever takes their fancy – tomatoes, rotten eggs, napalm.

One thing to note with the new site, is that I have a page of “Other Works” (writing, radio appearances and DVD commentaries) which is currently not on the menu because I haven’t worked out how to do that. For now, have a look here.

And maybe I’ll drop in the odd fascinating Doctor Who fact. Like this one – Michael Hart, who directed The Space Pirates, was the brother of Tony Hart, who taught my generation how to draw.

Mind Bloggles

Cripes, I’ve entered the 21st century. Welcome to my brand spanking new website, which I’ll be spending the next day or so editing and bringing up-to-date. I will also be blogging – but not incessantly about what I had for tea or who I think could still be Dorothy. I’ll try to keep it pithy and interesting, and around the things I do professionally – comedy, acting and, of course, talking about Doctor Who. Anyway, this is just an experiment to see if someone with my limited technical skills and a laptop made out of wattle and daub can successfully do this without spoon feeding. Big, big thanks to Mark Attwood for being so proactive on this, and to Steve Wild for his patience, time and tuition: two men without whom my life and output would be much, much poorer.

And now, a picture of Terrance Dicks, just to see if I can do something of advanced technicality:

Terrance Dicks - Monster Of Peladon Commentary

Oh look, I can!

That was Terrance as the DVD commentary recording of The Monster Of Peladon, 27th June 2008.

Right, just a couple more bits of experimentation and then to the main site itself to do some tidying.

And finally, a link to my Facebook Page.