My name is Toby. I am an actor, writer and comedian.
I was going to write this in the third person in order to give the impression that I have “people”. But I don’t. So, hello!
Here’s my latest news (February 2021):
I mean, there’s a pandemic on but sure, I’m still keeping pretty busy.
My podcasts are all up and away. 36,600 downloads in the first three months. They are all about Doctor Who : there’s Too Much Information (a fact-filled, episode-by-episode breakdown), Indefinable Magic (whimsical vocal essays inspired by some random aspect of the the show), and Happy Times and Places (commentaries with the aim of positivity). They are released under the blanket title of Toby Hadoke’s Time Travels. My Podbean podcast page is here.
There’s finally a release date for Six Minutes To Midnight – the film in which I appear alongside Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Izzard and James D’Arcy. March 26th on Sky Cinema. It’s very good – a gripping tale with a great cast and it looks beautiful. And I have splendid costume…
My annual Doctor Who : In Memoriam video is up – please take a look here. It’s my way of paying tribute to those people who made my favourite show who we lost in 2020. Please watch and give the thumbs up .. ooh, and please subscribe to my You Tube Channel.
Big Finish have announced their latest series of In Conversation CDs the first of which is produced and presented by me – I’m in conversation with the amazing and very open and honest Carolyn Seymour. What a woman!
XS Malarkey has continued to be an online presence every Tuesday – giving you the best of the live circuit despite lockdown and the near paralysis of our industry. We have just become even more creative and have won awards and acclaim for being so – and crucially, we are providing comedians with an income and a locked down audience with access to funny people for a minimal financial outlay (in fact for free – the financial outlay is discretionary). In 2020 Marcus Brigstocke, Robin Ince, Josie Long, James Acaster, Nish Kumar, Nathan Caton, Colin Hoult, Mark Watson, Tom Allen, Jordan Brookes, Randy, Rob Rouse, Eddie Pepitone, Judah Friedlander, Hal Cruttenden, Zoe Lyons and many more came and gigged for us, and all really rose to the occasion. Find our channel here. The shows remain available for 14 days after broadcast but there are a load of clips and highlights there for you to access too.
And here’s the general stuff about me if you’re interested (which I’m guessing you might be as you are here, so thanks!):
My one man show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on a national tour, international dates and a West End run. The radio version was released on CD by the BBC and was nominated for a Sony Award. The follow up – My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver – joined its predecessor for a double bill at the Garrick Theatre in 2013. My radio work includes afternoon plays, a Fright Night presentation and topical comedy and has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award.
I am a regular performer at the Comedy Store, Manchester (New Stuff every second and last Sunday of the month), the 99 Club Leicester Square, and have been resident compere at the award winning XS Malarkey comedy club for 23 years.
I also like old TV and can spot a character actor in a crowd from space. I have written about such passions for national newspapers and magazines, and spoken about them on documentaries and TV news programmes. My podcast, Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round, has run to over 250 episodes.
But I’m an actor really. I have appeared in Holby City, An Adventure in Space and Time, Phoenix Nights, The Forsyte Saga, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Casualty 1907, the forthcoming feature film Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) and dozens of radio plays. I also present the weekend science fiction hour, The 7th Dimension, on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
Terrible swimmer though.