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WHO’s ROUND 158

Tom Kelly
My latest Who’s Rounder as he is now.

TOBY HADOKE’S WHO’S ROUND – EPISODE 158

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In ghostlier times in a different science fiction classic.

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.

Laurie Webb
Laurie Webb, very happy: clearly “supper’s ready”…

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).

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I caught up with the charming Henry Woolf for a bite to eat in London after we had conducted the podcast interview on Skype from his home in Canada.

Who’s Round 151

WHO’S ROUND 151

A new podcast… at last!

Geoffrey Beevers-2The 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 to this 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.

Enjoy.

Thanks to Sue Cowley for setting up the interview.

 

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 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 134

A prime scalp in this week’s edition of Who’s Round: a very talented designer with an amazing cimageareer outside of the show and whose work on the series itself is of the highest quality. It’s a two parter and involves tales from a golden period in the Doctor Who’s history. He’s one I never thought I’d get and this interview just goes to show what can happen if you aim high.

Enjoy:

http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-134-august-04

Who’s Round episode 132

This week’s Who’s Round continues my chat with George Gallaccio, whose career as a BBC producer after his days as Doctor Who’s production associate took in all sorts of classics including Bergerac, The Omega Factor and Miss Marple. He was also offered the top job on our beloved show and explains his reasons for not doing it :
http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-132-august-02