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Who’s Round 150!!!

WHO’S ROUND HITS A LANDMARK

RTDIt’s actually passed the landmark as I type this but I couldn’t not have a mention on my blog that we’ve arrived at edition 150 of my podcast of interviews with Doctor Who luminaries . It’s the last of my chats with the marvel that is Russell T Davies and, in a nice piece of tidiness  the final bit of footage that I recorded in 2013 to be released. I am so pleased that people have enjoyed listening to these chats with Mr Davies as much as I did meeting the great man. We had some fabulous old gossip off mic that will stay with me till the day I die but I still think we get some pretty candid chat and all of the trademark RTD bonhomie and insight. I gave Big Finish a load of bumph so that they could do a nice feature on their website so forgive me if I steal it back and post it here because – having missed acknowledging this landmark when it happened because I’m crazy busy – I obviously need to be getting on with things. Not least plugging number 151 , but that’s for another post …

The Big Finish Website reports: “In 2013 Toby began a celebration of fifty years of Doctor Who, with the momentous task of interviewing someone from every single Doctor Who story.

Feeling Doctors or companions are a bit too easy, he travels the country meeting legends of the show’s history both in front of and behind the camera, and chats to them about both Doctor Who itself and the lives his interview subjects have led since (and, indeed, before).

These interviews are shared as podcasts from the Big Finish website, which you can download or stream here, or subscribe to on iTunes. All episodes are free, so if you’ve enjoyed Toby’s chat, all he asks is that you give a donation to a charity nominated by the interview subject.

Now, 150 podcasts later, Toby is pleased to be releasing his final interview from his initial 2013 marathon – the seventh and final part of his in-depth interview with former Executive Producer Russell T Davies. And while there are still many more interviews recorded (and more to be recorded!), we thought it was right to take this chance to commemorate Toby’s journey so far. Here are a few words from the man himself:

It’s quite funny that the last one is number 150. It’s almost as if I had a plan. I never have a plan. And if I do it never works out how I’d imagined. When John Keeffe (whom I had never met at this point) challenged me on Twitter to “interview everyone from Doctor Who” to celebrate the 50th year and I suggested instead that I get a first hand anecdote from every story I thought I’d be able to call in a few favours from the Frazer Hineses and Katy Mannings of this world and do it that way. Only when I chatted to the brilliant Kevin McNally did I think that maybe this could be of interest beyond Doctor Who. The internet helped of course, with the likes of Lisa Bowerman opening her Big Book of Actors’ Contacts and Jim Bradshaw from BAFTA making overtures to members and giving me a bit of kudos by association. Suddenly I found myself timetabling in two or three interviews a day – fitting then into my travels around the country performing stand-up comedy, writing radio plays and getting divorced.

150 podcasts later and I’ve interviewed boom operators, Voord, make-up ladies and leading actors. The biggest hit has been the Russell T Davies interview so it’s only fitting that he headlines the climax of the 2013 interviews. I actually thought that getting him was a bit of a cheat: he practically knocked off the whole of the new series for me in one go! I also thought that because he was such a game contributor to Doctor Who Confidential that people might take him for granted a bit. Wrong! The editions with him have been hugely popular and of course he is a witty and candid and engaging subject and I was so lucky to have a whole day with him. I think it was the only interview he gave about Doctor Who in 2013 and, most importantly, his charity (The Terence Higgins Trust) actually contacted him to say that there’d been an upsurge in people making donations : people who all cited the Who’s Round interview as the reason for their pledge. So thanks listeners: I’m glad that people pay attention and oblige the entirely optional charitable element of the podcast.

I could have ended it here, but there was the odd person whom I had tried to secure in 2013 who for whatever reason hadn’t worked out. So I squeezed them in. And then I found other people. And so it went on. Plus, when Capaldi’s first season aired it turned out that I knew someone involved with every episode! So I haven’t confined myself to the stories that go up to 2013 – there are interviews in the can that relate to the very latest ones. So to come there are a few writers and actors from 2014-15, some more classic series contributors and some people who have been involved with key elements of the show who’ve not been interviewed before. Indeed as I speak I am off to interview two people, both of whom were married to important people connected with the show, both of whom have voiced iconic monsters, and both of whom were on hand as a new Doctor was ushered in by an old one. And I’ve not seen or read interviews with either of them anywhere.

I hope Who’s Round will stand as an oral history of certain aspects of the entertainment industry over the past 50 odd years. I’ve spoken to people who knew Pinter, worked with Olivier, and met Ivor Novello. I’ve uncovered a fact about Meglos, drunk wine with Brian Croucher and Skyped people in New Zealand, India, Canada and the USA. I’ve been shown such generosity and hospitality from people from all walks of life who are all united by having crossed paths – sometimes very briefly – with Doctor Who. Highlights? Milton Johns and myself in obligatory collar and tie in the Garrick Club and him giving me a guided tour: every nook and cranny with its own anecdote elegantly rendered by Mr Johns; John Moreno’s extraordinary story about being court-martialled; Geoffrey Bayldon’s unprintable phone conversation with me. And so many more.

I guess that’s why I’m still doing it. I don’t get paid, in fact each one costs me, but I consider it to be a hobby which just happens to produce a product that hopefully entertains and informs others, and one testifies to the skill and dedication of the many very talented individuals who made a silly programme about a time traveling police box something rather special.’

Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round #150 is available to download today – with Russell T Davies’ nominated charity being the Terrance Higgins Trust. Please take the time to donate if you have enjoyed an interview.”

Who’s Round 149

WHO’S ROUND 149

RTDI think I had planned to end the who run of releases of Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round with the extremely popular Russell T Davies interviews but they have been in the can for nearly two years and the timings meant that if give them to you now then Mr Davies would take us all the way up to episode 150. I like things to fit together neatly as much as the average person who has colour coded charts assimilating the Virgin books into season 6b via various concurrent UNIT dating theories does, so I am quite happy about it all.

When he utters his last words to me at the end of next week’s, that will be the end of every sentence I recorded under the Who’s Round banner in 2013. Job done, every story covered – though with a question mark over Vincent and the Doctor and a slight worry that I forgot to cover The Sea Devils but then did so inadvertently (though this might just be an issue for me and my colour coded charts and the rest of you might well just be enjoying the interviews without having to make a list – you weirdos).

Anyway – remember that Mr Davies gave his time (so, so much of his time) for charity, so don’t forget to donate to The Terence Higgins Trust.

Episode 49 of Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round is available,m for free from Big Finish, here.

And I would like to add a personal note of congratulations to Ian Atkins and Esther Simpson of the occasion of their wedding this week. Ian is the fellow who works very hard to get the episodes online and does all the technical stuff with great enthusiasm. Lots of love to both and here’s to years and years of happiness together!

WHO’S ROUND 147

WHO’S ROUND 147

BidmeadTalking about on the hoof. Thanks to a good friend of mine who is in Emmerdale I had managed to line up an interview with the marvellous Lesley Dunlop (who is also in it). Great – Frontios, one of the last remaining stories on my list, was taken care of. Unfortunately, she suddenly got a truck load of extra filming and very apologetically asked to reschedule (note to self, get back in touch with Ms Dunlop!).

This left me with about a week to go till Christmas. I already had things in motion to secure a cat with Steven Moffat chat which would take care of The Time Of Angels/Flesh And Stone and was intended to be the last Who’s Round interview. Now, suddenly, there was a story I didn’t have an interviewee for, so I had to get my thinking cap on.

I had always found a certain gentleman to be an engaged and candid contributor to the DVD range so quickly begged his email from a colleague. It was probably Ed Stradling or John Kelly but alas I begged by text and so the evidence was swept away in the great Toby’s iPhone Data Collapse of 2014 (or was it 2015? There have been so many). Anyway – thanks to my mystery benefactor.

I had to be prescriptive – I had about 2 days during which I was scheduled to be in London before Christmas, so I had absolutely no idea if it was going to be possible to convene this interview. Thankfully, my request was answered almost immediately (and, I’m pleased to say, positively) and the resulting edition is – I think – great fun. It is also in two parts, of which this is the first.

Who’s Round 144 and 145

WHO’S ROUND 144 AND 145

Oh, I’m a bit behind (I’ve been posting about Psoriasis a lot instead as it has been Psoriasis Awareness Week so I hope you are now sufficiently aware!).

Anyway, two new Who’s Rounds have come out.

Nick RevellThe first was recorded immediately after I had performed a Christmas comedy show with this particular fellow (with whom it has been my great pleasure to work many times over the years). He was in a Doctor Who story that is probably not considered canonical but it’s part of the show’s rich tapestry so what the heck? And something was clearly in the air as when we had finished we emerged from the 99 Club in Covent Garden and opposite us, at the exit of the Donmar Theatre, stood Peter Capaldi, patiently posing with fans and signing autographs. This show gets bloody everywhere!

June and DorkaSecond up, I had arranged to interview one lady but a change of timetable meant I would be joining her on the day she was due to have lunch with a colleague. And this colleague has done loads of Doctor Whos. So I got two for the price of none. And they had a lot to say so there is a second part to this interview due out next week.

Who’s Round 144 is here.

Who’s Round 145 is here.

 

Who’s Round episode 143

TOBY HADOKE’S WHO’S ROUND EPISODE 143

imageI am a bit pleased with myself about this one. I had done a DVD documentary about this particular story which brought me into contact with many of its first cast. It would have been easy for me to call one of them. But the thing is, the interviews I had done were already in the Who’s Round mould. Time was running out though, and bizarrely there were three consecutive stories from this period that I had failed to cover.

But…

I thought I’d give it a go and instead of calling one of those actors I knew and whom I could access because they were based in London I’d instead contact someone who didn’t know me from Adam and who lived in a different continent.

And he presto – this is the result. Enjoy it here:

http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-142-october-03

 

 

 

 

Who’s Round episode 142

Paul WheelerThis is a really good one. Someone who has never given an interview about Doctor Who before but who has had a hell of a career behind the camera on some of the most well known television programmes there have ever been. He is candid, enthusiastic and keeps insisting that he was very, very lucky. Well,, we were lucky to get this hugely respected professional to talk to us about AA Englander, getting rid of snow and getting cross in Fawlty Towers.

You can listen to this extended but very fascinating edition of Who’s Round here.