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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 Archive – episodes 17-24

Continuing the migration of these individual entries from my Podcast page to this blog for reasons of space and navigability.

You can find all the the list of interviewees, editions and charities who have benefited from this labour of love here.

EWilliam Ilkleypisode Seventeen – (3rd May 2013) William Ilkley
A warm and friendly guest this time, who remembers making a very good friend (albeit one was was a luddite) on Doctor Who, and fills us in on the theatre work of John Godber as well as describing being directed by Richard Curtis as he helps Who’s Round knock off another 6th Doctor story. Chosen Charity: Papworth Hospital.

EpBernard Kayisode Eighteen – (9th May 2013) Bernard Kay
A frank and open interview, where we learn much about the man as well as his work. Sure, we discuss Daleks and Pertwee and Julian Glover, but we also find time to muse upon friendship, “gentleman actors” and writing. One of Doctor Who’s best and most prolific guests stars makes for a fascinating and candid interviewee. Bernard sadly passed away on Christmas Day 2014: I had last seen him a month before. You can read my obituary for him in The Guardian here. Chosen Charity: Sightsavers.

Chrsitine RawlinsEpisode Nineteen – (16th May 2013) Christine Rawlins
Not everybody has to like Doctor Who! Season 7 gets polished off by its cotumes designer – a delightful lady but one who nontheless has less than comlentary things to say about Autons, Silurains and, erm, Jon Pertwee! She likes Ever Decreasing Circles, The Box Of Delights and Fortunes Of War though. Chosen Charity: RNLI.

Christopher RobbieEpisode Twenty – (c.18th May 2013) Christopher Robbie 
One of the true icons of the show, the Cyberleader from Revenge Of The Cybermen tells us about the joys of Tom Baker, his reservations about playing the Karkus in The Mind Robber opposite Patrick Troughton and an eclectic array of other things – triumphing as an understudy to Robert Stephens for the RSC, presenting in-vision and sizing up to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Chosen charity: The Stroke Association.

David QuilterEpisode Twenty-One – (2nd July 2013) David Quilter
The butler did it! We’re on Skype for this one, and a rare entry for a David Tennant story (we really need to crack on with those!) with an actor who takes us to Z-Cars via Space Precinct and Blake’s 7 as we reminisce over a long and distinguished career. Chosen charity: Comic Relief.

EpisGordon Sterneode Twenty-Two – (10th July 2013) Gordon Sterne (with Colin Mapson)
He was only in one episode of Doctor Who, in a story that Who’s Round has covered elsewhere, but what the heck – he’s quite a character and has a fascinating story to tell. Now in his 90s he’s game enough to talk us through The Prisoner, James Bond, method acting, and An American Werewolf In London. And we still have time for a bonus, snatch-and-grab interview with behind-the-scenes genius Colin Mapson who knocks off The Green Death and The Invasion Of Time before being spirited away (to the DVD commentary of the former as it happens). Due to a muddled running order the taster on this is actually for Episode Nineteen…

Fiona_CummingEpisode Twenty-Three – (12th July 2013) Fiona Cumming
What a lovely person; she has talked about her directorial duties before, notably on the DVD range, but she also hung about behind-the-scenes in various capacities during the show’s early years, so as well as heri 1980’s classics she shines a light on some Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee tales too. And so we get a naked German, a mouse with a death wish and a star of the future all mingling together in a very informative chat. Fiona sadly died – after a long battle with cancer – on New Year’s day 2015. Chosen charity: Marie Curie Cancer Care.

ian fraser 2Episode Twenty-Four – (19th July 2013) Ian Frazer
Well it had to be didn’t it? He’s the previous interviewee’s husband! Whilst she covered Doctors one to five, he picked up the mantle with six and seven: he drowns one Doctor, appears onscreen near another, and sticks up for one of the show’s most divisive figures, 8os producer John Nathan-Turner. Like his wife, Ian was a delight to talk to and a generous and enthusiastic contributor : lovely people. Chosen charity: Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Who’s Round Archive 11-16

Continuing the removal of the individual episode blurbs from the Podcast page and placing them here instead, for reasons of tidiness…

Cort & StensonEpisode Eleven (2nd April 2013)The Keys Of Marinus Special
What do you do if you get a Doctor Who story that doesn’t have a DVD Making Of and that not one, but four people involved with the production of it are happy to speak to you? That’s right, you produce an hour long special edition featuring the director, two monsters, and an actor who has never spoken publicly about his work on the show until now! Chosen charities: The Red Cross, Mind, Cancer, YMCA (extra long edition, four interviewees, so more charities than normal, but deserving ones).

EpisodDoig and Colee Twelve  (16th April 2013) Clive Doig and Paul Cole
Perhaps the merriest Who’s Round yet : red wine is spilt, honest opinions tumble out, and we turn the conviciality up to 11, managing to polish off a fair few Hartnells, plus a bonus snippet of Troughton as well. Two interviewees for the price of none, and by the time it’s over, it has been everybody’s round! Chosen charity: The Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund.

saul metzsteinEpisode Thirteen – (18th April 2013)  Saul Metzstein
A first for Who’s Round : previews of epiosdes yet to be broadcast at the time of the interview. Director Saul talks us through why he thinks Doctor Who is like a musical, discusses how best to shoot Matt Smith, and reveals which baddie was based on Peter Stringfellow. Chosen charity: The World Wildlife Fund.

EpiWilliam Dudmansode Fourteen – (24 April 2013) William Dudman
A fascinating insight behind-the-scenes from film cameraman Bill, who shot most of the effects sequences during the McCoy years but also has first hand knowledge of a Troughton classic for good measure. He also had major input into Star Cops, Blackadder and The Two Ronnies, and tells all about those as well. Chosen Charity: Crisis.

Peter Thomas (copped) Episode Fifteen – (29th April 2013) The Savages Special
Another Hartnell special; this time it’s an adventure entirely missing from the TV archives and two of its guest stars provide their memories of working with William Hartnell, Peter Sellars and Douglas Camfield. It got quite noisy, sorry, but worth it to hear from two such distinguished veterans. Chosen charity: Ellen House Hospice For Terminally Ill Children.

barrie inghamEpisode Sixteen – (1st May 2013) Barrie Ingham
This delightful and enthusiastic thespian’s career was still taking him to London, New York and Hollywood on a regular basis when we spoke. He was impressively passionate about Doctor Who and we talked about our hopes of lost episodes turning up, shaving chests and getting betting tips from the Doctor. Sadly Barrie passed away in January 2015 and I consider it a great privilege to have had the opportunity to enjoy his charming company, even if it was only over the phone. Chosen Charity: Medicins Sans Frontieres.