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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.

Who’s Round 137

There was no way I was going to let Milton Johns be edited down to the usual half an hour or so – so he’s been given a two parter and this is the conclusion. What a gent he is – he later showed me around the Garrick Club, regaling me with glorious stories about all of the actMilton Johns Who's Roundors depicted in various paintings. Plus we bumped into Johnny Dennis who had contributed to an earlier Who’s Round by phone, so it was nice to finally meet him. One of my favourite days doing the project I have to say.

http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-137-september-02

Who’s Round Archive 6-10

TH-WhosRound-generalContinuing my repositioning of the early Who’s Round blurbs from the Podcast page into the blog (because it was taking up a lot of space and has been superseded by the brilliant work of Ian Atkins at Big Finish – he has done a definitive list):

Episode Six: Waris Hussein
Only the first ever blooming director of Doctor Who! And a timely interview because he was fresh from the readthrough of An Adventure In Space And Time, the Mark Gatiss docu-drama about the genesis of Doctor Who. So we discuss that, being an outsider and passing up A For Andromeda… Chosen charity: Cancer Research At The Royal Marsden.

Episode SevenAdrienne Burgess and Martin Cochrane
Two for the price of none as a pair bonded thesp couple share their memories of working on two very different scripts from the same writer (Adrienne was Veet in The Sunmakers, Martin was Chellack in The Caves Of Androzani). I talk acting with a deaf person, managing a star and boring three-shots with a delightful couple who straddle some of the more sublime and ridiculous moments of Doctor Who. Chosen charity: The Fatherhood Institute.

ForknallEpisode EightRobert Forknall
He may only have been credited as “Guard” but this charming fellow has loads of stories about fulfilling his lifelong ambition of being in Doctor Who. From accosting the director on a train to coming out to David Tennant and chaperoning Tom Baker, the show runs through this chap’s veins and he proves to be the most enthusiastic company in what is currently the Who’s Round with the most background noise (it took place in Patisserie Valerie on Leicester Square, fact fans). Chosen charity: World Wildlife Fund or Save The Snow Leopard.

Osoba compressedEpisode NineTony Osoba  
One of “those” actors : a ubiquitous face who has cropped up in everything. He has appeared in iconic comedies and prime time dramas – if he wasn’t in them, they weren’t really worth bothering about. So what a treat to discuss white costumes, not being dead and the wonder of the motor car with a genuine TV icon. Chosen charity: MacMillan Nurses and Guide Dogs For The Blind.

palmerEpisode Ten: Valentine Palmer 
Another recognisable character actor – he had a major role in Day Of The Daleks but didn’t feature on the DVD. Outisde who he has notched up a number of high profile credits in the 70s before getting bored and forging many different paths which ultimately took him to the John Lewis cafe near Tottenham Court Road to chat about Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Brett not being allowed in the sun, and the conspiracy theories that surround the Titanic. Chosen charity: Medicins Sans Frontieres.

 

Who’s Round Archive 1-5

I am updating my website and as Big Finish*  have now put up a handy alphabetical link of every Who’s Round episode and accompanied each one with the relevant charity link, I’m taking my incomplete list off my Podcast page. Instead of wasting them I shall post them here as they may be useful for wandering web tourists. Click on the episode to take you to it: same with the charity.

Episode One (Jan 7th 2013) – Susan Moore & Steve Mansfield
7th Doctor era model makers Steve and Sue argue their way entertainingly through tales of melting heads and blue demons, but there’s time for a couple of Tom Baker story anecdotes too (ooh, and a borderline Davison – good start). Chosen charity: The Alzheimer’s Society.

andrew-smith-03Episode Two (Jan 11th 2013)  – Andrew Smith
4th Doctor writer Andrew Smith – the first fully paid up Doctor Who fan to get a writing job on the series (there may have been one or two since though, you know) talks policing, reading things about himself that he doesn’t remember in someone else’s autobiography, and Max Sammett. Chosen Charity: The Lily Foundation.

Episode Three (Jan 15th 2013) – Glyn Jones
The earliest surviving writer from Doctor Who, Glyn Jones, has the other distinction of being only one of an illustrious triumvirate to have both written for and acted in the series. Glyn talks about his native South Africa, looking like the Michelin Man, and why he regrets making Xeros for boys only : and does so all the way from Crete)  Chosen Charity: Forgot to ask so the default is The Psoriasis Association.  (Post script: Glyn sadly passed away on 2nd April 2014)

Episode Four (Jan 26th 2013) – Ian Cullen
Ian Cullen has had an impressive career which began as a boy actor in 1952 and continues apace today. We met up in Surrey where he teaches drama to youngsters and talked colourful costumes, Jon Pertwee’s sense of humour and being killed off shockingly in both Blake’s 7  and Z-Cars. Oh, and about playing Ixta in the classic story The Aztecs of course. Chosen Charity: Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Episode Five (Feb 12th 2013) Kevin McNally
Four episodes of Doctor Who are just a tiny speckle on the CV of one of the country’s most respected character actors. He’s such a coup for this free podcast that even my 12 year old son was impressed when I showed him this picture of an illustrious thesp with whom I discussed pirates, bad acting and sex .. or to be more precise, Mr Sex! Oh, and looking like a “dream sequence char-lady” in The Twin Dilemma. Chosen Charity: forgot to ask so I’m going to nominate The Psoriasis Association as I am involved with them and they do very good work.

*(namely Ian Atkins who does the online production of the podcast)

Ray Lonnen RIP

Ray Lonnen RIP

Ray LonnenA couple of weeks ago I was very sad to learn of the death of Ray Lonnen – a fine, understated actor who took part in a couple of television shows that deserve to be remembered for a very long time: namely Harry’s Game and The Sandbaggers. I had the good fortune of visiting Ray a couple of times – most recently an evening a couple of months ago of fish and chips a chatting about his good friend Richard Shaw. Ray had showed me some paintings he had which had been done by Richard and kindly offered to share his memories of the late Quatermass actor. Ray had a lot of empathy for others and behind the considered decency that emanated from him was a twinkle and a wry sense of humour.  He and his lovely wife Tara were extremely hospitable and I had kept in touch with them since I interviewed them both for my Who’s Round project last year. They, along with their good friend Bernard Holley, came to see my West End double bill in November despite Ray being in a lot of pain. I was flattered to have known him and pleased to have had the opportunity to provide Ray’s Guardian obituary here. I can’t thank Tara enough for her help with this – her positive attitude and encouragement for others even shining through at a most difficult time for her and the family. If the world is a bit of a struggle sometimes, following Tara on Twitter is recommended – she’s an empathic person with an infectious optimism : find her at @TaraWardBooks.

My Who’s Round interview with Ray and Tara can be found here.

It’s typical of the fellow that the last contact I had from him was after he found out my other half’s name: it’s unusual and he postulated that it might have been inspired by a film of the same name. I admitted that I thought that that was the case but that I didn’t know much about it. After a short time there was an email from Ray with a link to the movie and everything about it. He was  a thoughtful man for whom nothing was too much trouble.

Rest In peace Ray.