WHO’S ROUND 149
I 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
Talking 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
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.
The 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!
Second 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.
TOBY HADOKE’S WHO’S ROUND EPISODE 143
I 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.
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:
This 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.
Due to Big Finish having other audio fish to fry later in the week the latest edition is a tad early. Although I had vowed to avoid conventions as much as possible, reasoning that (a) it was cheating a little and (b) the interviewees would be a bit “Who”-ed out, I nonetheless couldn’t resist during the 50th Anniversary event at the ExCel Arena. And so I grabbed a couple of illustrious folk (the first being Maureen O’Brien who has already hit the airwaves) whom I had not met before to help me to polish off some of the few remaining stories.
I had a late Tom Baker adventure in my sights and was able to grab a distinguished gentleman associated with it whose pedigree outside of the series is also rather serious. We didn’t have long and therefore it is literally a snatched conversation, so there’s room for the first half of another – more traditional – interview, which will conclude next week.
Link to podcast: