Interview, Wit, A Vampire

Well now, I haven’t posted much for a while as I’ve been frightfully busy at the keyboard as it is. I’m a reluctant writer, having to grind stuff out in between coming up with everything I can think of  to provide maximum procrastination value; eating, aphabeticising my CDs, watching – God help me – V, and now … well, I’m only doing this to avoid the myriad of pressing things that are on deadline.

Anyway, Now I Know My BBC is hitting the road in April – I may have to see how much of it I can remember. Visitors to the forthcoming gigs in Leeds and Bath, make sure you look out for the number of dramatic pauses with which I augment my latest magnum opus. It’ll have absolutely nothing to do with not having done the show since August, honest guv. I’ve added a few more topical jokes to it in the past few weeks though, so it should be fresh and fun.

I’ve really settled into compering The 99 Club in Leicester Square every Wednesday. The mighty Jack Dee has popped down a couple of times to try some new stuff for a forthcoming tour, which has been rather exciting. XS Malarkey is still settling into its new venue, though numbers are a little down. Seeing as we’ve had Alun Cochrane and Sarah Millican as surprise guests and Dave Johns, Jason Cook and Paul Tonkinson as official ones, hopefully we’ll get into the comedy groove properly as punters realise what a fantastic gig is on their doorstep. Fallowfield seems to be having the life sucked out of it : we’re doing to ensure it isn’t allowed to die. Or become a vampire.

Losses this month have included the legndary Nicholas Courtney, well known to fans the world over as Doctor Who’s Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart. I had the privilege of working with Nick a few times and he was always a courteous, charming man whose quintessential good manners and utmost decency endeared him to generations who knew him either on or off screen (or, for the lucky ones like me, both). Michael Gough also passed away having been a stalwart of screens both big and small for decades. I was very flattered to be asked to supply the obituaries for both men in The Guradian.

This month sees the release of Revisitations 2 on DVD. Special Editions of three Doctor Who classics, I feature on all of them. There’s a little sliver of narration from me on the “Making Of” documentary of the Troughton story The Seeds Of Death, a heftier vocal in the best commentary track I’ve been involved on to date, on Carnival Of Monsters, and (be warned) in the flesh presenting Ed Stradling’s Casting Far And Wide documentary where it was my pleasure to interview five actors (Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findley and William Sleigh) about not just Doctor Who, but their careers as a whole. This latter piece is on Disc One of the Resurrection Of The Daleks Special Edition.

Add to that BBC 7’s forthcoming adaptation of Elidor, two performances for Big Finish, and loads of editing on Running Through Corridors Vol 2 and I’ve barely had a moment. So excuse the lack of links on this blog – further details on anything here that may be of interest can be found on the website proper (which has had a bit of an update and tidy).

In the meantime, here’s a lengthy interview I did plugging the tour of Now I Know My BBC on Radio Teesdale thanks to excellent presenter Peter Dixon, who seems adept at getting me tongue wagging.

Interview

Oh, and a website interview here:

The Peverett Phile

Happy Times And Places.

Got to dash, loads of writing to do … after I’ve made a cuppa, then checked my e-mails, then, um … hoovered the lawn and descaled the kettle … and made a To Do list … downloaded Masterchef … successfully practiced alchemy whilst finding the Dead Sea Scrolls …

4 thoughts on “Interview, Wit, A Vampire”

  1. Hi Toby,

    Just wanted to say that I watched Casting Far and Wide last night and thought it was a really excellent documentary – just too short! I could have watched far more.

    It’s the curse of Doctor Who fans that we are traditionally quite narrow in our view of actors that have appeared in the show and tend to preserve them in amber in the roles they played. I found it genuinely moving in places and was just as shocked by you at Del Henney’s opinion of his career. There was a sense of bitterness and frustration, along with a cold – but perfectly understandable – appreciation of the money the DVD release brings in.

    Thanks for the doc, easily one of the best in my opinion.

  2. Thanks Paul, glad you enjoyed it.

    It was difficult getting Del’s feelings across ; we talked at length about his theatre jobs and telly roles and he was chuffed with most of them and a very intelligent analyst. With only a short time though, that disappointment (I hope not bitterness, he was a nice, amiable man) needed to be included as Del had had the guts to be so candid towards the end of the interview. I feel, perhaps, that my summing up could have been better, as it wasn’t all bad news as far as Del was convcerned.

    Thanks for your kind comments though.

    Cheers,
    T

  3. That’s interesting Toby, it’s just a shame we couldn’t have seen more. I’m in publishing myself although I have friends who’ve worked in the theatre and on Radio 4 for years and I find the ‘everyday’ side of acting fascinating. The ups and downs of the profession must take their toll and the perseverance required must be huge. Perhaps ‘bitterness’ was the wrong word to use, although I thought I detected a hint of it at one point. I thought the others were all fascinating too and it was wonderful that they were all so candid. Leslie Grantham was fascinating too, having been at the top and the bottom fame. I really did enjoy this a lot.

    P

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