LATEST (OCT 2017)
I was lucky enough to get whole three hours on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s archive hour presenting The Golden Age of American Radio. It got great write ups in many publications including the Radio Times (see below), the Telegraph and the Spectator.
I am one of a rotating crew of presenters giving voice to The 7th Dimension on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
It’s a great hour of archive sci-fi. I am on approximately every 5 weeks or so introducing everything from Journey Into Space to Fear On Four and – you guessed it – Doctor Who.
Other radio presenting includes being a regular on Michelle Around Midnight on BBC GMR, plus guest co-host on the notorious Allan Beswick Show when the man himself was on holiday (this involved engaging with phone-ins from well informed and not so well informed members of the public). I have also banged on alongside Anita Anand, Richard Bacon, Stephen Nolan, Phil Williams and Edwina Currie on their Five Live shows which has involved verbal sparrings with various loons like Christian Voice and Tory MP Philip Davies. Countless contributions to various shows on Radio 4 and almost every regional radio station in the land, including providing light relief during GMR’s live election coverage. I have also, I hope, provided some levity on Justin Moorhouse’s Key 103 show, for Smug Roberts on Revolution, Terry Christian on GMR, Serious About Comedy (BBC 7), Sunday (Radio 4) and The Fred MacAulay Show on BBC Radio Scotland.
I also did a snippet of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf on Radio 4’s Loose Ends alongside the legendary Bernard Cribbins, and opinion and comedy on the religious Radio 4 show Sunday.
Chris Chapman invited me to reunite the surviving members of the HAVOC stunt team for the DVD special edition re-release of Doctor Who’s classic story Inferno. The result is probably the most popular thing I’ve done for the range, as Derek Ware, Roy Scammell, Derek Martin and Stuart Fell persuade me to jump off a tower after reminiscing about their television stunt work.
I go a bit Louis Theroux in Living With Levene ; spending a weekend in the company of the eccentric actor who played Sergeant Benton. John Levene was a game subject and the result is a lot of fun. This is on the DVD of The Claws Of Axos : Special Edition.
The documentary Looking For Peter on the 2/entertain DVD release of The Sensorites is presented by me and was, in fact, the only thing I’ve ever pitched to the range. Chris Chapman made the pitch reality, and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Richard Bignell and Marcus Hearn also feature.
I can be seen chatting to various actors from the Doctor Who story Resurrection Of The Daleks on the special edition DVD of that story, which is only available as part of the Revisitations 2 box set.It’s an interesting piece, benfitting from some candid chat from Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findley and William Sleigh. Here’s a clip.
There’s a short and silly, but hopefully rather fun, documentary on the Revistations 3 Box Set release of The Robots Of Death in which I take a lighthearted look at the history of robots in the world in general and Doctor Who in particular. It is called Robophobia, but should not be confused with the Big Finish drama of the same name in which I am terribly serious and shout a lot.
It has been an honour to feature on the 2/entertain range of Doctor Who commentaries. Hired as a moderator, prodding and prompting various Doctor Who luminaries from the early years of the show as they make observations about the classic episodes they are watching. The Doctor Who range of DVDs feature a wealth of extra material and some incredibly skilful restoration, and it is a genuine privilege to have been asked to contribute.
I have also been used by the BFI to moderate the DVD commentaries for Out Of The Unknown, Out Of This World and Douglas Wilmer’s Sherlock Holmes. I also interviewed director John Gorrie, sound wizard Brian Hodgson and writer Mark Ward on stage for them at the NFT.
Here’s a trailer for Behind The Sofa, a DVD review show which I don’t present but do talk a lot in, alongside Mitch Benn, Gary Slaymaker and the actual presenter Alex G. I do present the trailer though.