A key contributor to a story who didn’t appear on its DVD release,this villainous fellow turns out to be charming, chatty and slightly eccentric – and all the more interesting for it.
My friend Peter and I drove to the coast in order to spend a windsweptafternoon over a pint or two with this gent whose career has taken him to Canada and back, via three iconic entertainment stands : Doctor Who, Thunderbirds and James Bond.
So big thanks to Peter for putting the miles in, and thanks too to Mark Wright or facilitating an introduction.Have a listen to this latest episode here.
I was very excited about this one because I have always been very intrigued by the story of a guy who plays three very small roles (respectively Guard, Guard and Second Vardan) in Doctor Who and yet is a memorable and moving guest lead in another sci-fi classic, Sapphire & Steel, in the most haunting of all their adventures (Assignment Two, The Railway Station). He was also very nearly one of Blake’s 7 (which leads to one of the funniest stories in this weeks addition) and takes an enthusiastic trip down memory lane from his stunning London apartment where I was a very grateful guest. The episode is available here.
I’d like to put in a good word for Paul and Dexter at Fantom Films at this point – my latest guest is one of many with whom they have recently put me in touch.I occasionally dig to the odd Cybermen for Fantom too so it’s a very equitable arrangement – but they’re great guys and I very much enjoy comparing notes with Paul about the latest possible whereabouts of a Monoid or the excessive demands of a Functionary with ideas above his station.
I think I’ve been a bit remiss with my updates, so don’t forget to check out some of my other recent interviewees.There’s a timely chat about the demise of BBC Three as well as one of Doctor Who‘s more recent landmark stories with Lawry Lewin here. Let’s not forget Mr Ollis from The Three Doctors either: in his 90s ebullient Welshman Laurie Webb is nothing like his monosyllabic screen incarnation and recounts, with great glee, stories of working with Ivor Novello, Angela Lansbury and Tony Hancock. And then there’s the mighty Henry Woolf giving me a real feeling of job satisfaction as we discuss his superb performance as The Collector in The Sunmakers, just a small entry onto a CV that brings him into close contact with Pinter, Pete & Dud and Peter Brook among many others.
So plenty to catch up on, and all for free (but donations to the charity are appreciated).
The latest Who’s Round was actually conducted at the request of the interviewee.He has a special charity he would like to make you aware of. He has a heartfelt and moving story and highlights something most of us know nothing about but some of us could help with : and not necessarily with cash. Go to The Anthony Nolan Trust to find out more.
When you’ve done that have a listen tothis interview which runs from Pertwee to Baker and has first hand insight into what it is like to be an iconic villain AND a much loved companion. And there’s a charming account of a career that has enjoyed an extra blossoming relatively late and takes us all the way to Broadway but always with wry humour and self deprecation.
Thanks to Sue Cowley for setting up the interview.
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 Daviesinterviews 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!
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.
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.