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TOBY HADOKE

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Chortle Award Winner               Sony Nominee            BBC Audio Awards Finalist

ACTOR

STAND-UP COMEDIAN

WRITER

MOTHS ATE MY DOCTOR WHO SCARF

VOICE OVER ARTIST

PRESENTER

BLOGGER

PODCASTER

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“Superior stand-up skills – very, very funny” – The Guardian

“Likeable, self-deprecating and armed with impeccable timing” – The Dubliner

“A comedy genius” – Metro

LATEST UPDATES (November 2019)

I have been asked to play a role in the next series of brilliant Australian time travel comedy Night Terrace (as heard on Radio 4 Extra). It stars Jackie Woodbine which means only one thing – Toby Hadoke and Susan off of Neighbours, together at last. There’s more information here, plus details of how you can help with kickstarting production…

I was devastated that Tom Hodgkins, and actor I knew on and off for nearly 30 years, and who I worked with on my favourite ever job – A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Exchange Theatre – died aged just 59 this month. I was able to pay tribute to him in the Manchester Evening News here.

Tom Hodgkins as Bottom, me as Snout (3rd and 2nd from left respectively) and the rest of the rude mechanicals. Happy times Dreaming.

I am writing a script for a new CBeebies series but I’m not sure I can talk about it so, well … hint, hint, nudge nudge. But it has to be in by Monday!

I have just recorded another drama for Radio 4 which will be broadcast in February 2020. I play a Tory MP – the character description was “roguish” which I rather enjoyed.  More soon…

I’ve been working as a consultant on the forthcoming animated DVD release of Doctor Who – The Faceless Ones. There’s an exciting new clip of it here. I chaired a couple of panels at October’s London ComicCon where this was discussed, and the forthcoming release of Fury from the Deep was exclusively announced.  

With Frazer Hines at the London ComicCon announcing the next Doctor Who animation.

Another month, another Guardian obituary, this one is for that sparkly actress Anna Quayle from Grange Hill and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Read it here.

 I’ll be MCing XS Malarkey as usual. Each Tuesday between now and Christmas we’ll have a fantastic line-up and our guests will include Edinburgh Award Nominees The Delightful Sausage, Dark Lord of comedy Andrew O’Neill and TV’s Harriet Kemsley. Also, in a new initiative to expand our comedy calendar into other days of the week, we’ll present the touring show of Angelos Epithemiou. Listings details are available at  the XS Malarkey Website.

The Season 23 Doctor Who Blu-Ray box has been released. I’m on it, presenting a very silly documentary about the Doctor Who Cookbook. It’s not quite as archaeological as my usual fare, but I do get to make soup with Frazer Hines, so, you know… and, bonus, it is narrated by India Fisher off of Masterchef

Oh heck. It’s the Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited!

I’ve recorded an episode of the Pull Back And Reveal podcast, discussing comedy and sci-fi and all sorts of other stuff. Have a listen here. 

And finally … I’m delighted to announce that for writing work I will now be represented by the Independent Talent Group, an illustrious agency and no mistake. Onwards!

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11 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Hi Toby,

    I really enjoyed your radio 4 play (say that phrase rather quickly for instant hilarity…). Impressive juggling act between daft jokes and real emotion – with a soupcon of who-isms for the cognoscenti. Cheers!

    Dave McG

  2. Adored your play “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. It became quite sad towards the end – for those of us who have lost our parents will know. All in all, great stuff indeed.

  3. Hi Toby enjoying reading “running through corridors two” greatly ( when does vol 3 come out ? I hope the what between volumes isnt too long this time) but on page 119 you say Robert Holmes made up the word “Tellurian”. Sorry he didn’t make it up, it’s rooted in latin, meaning “things of or pertaining to the earth”
    One of the things I still love about Dr Who is it often sends me scurrying for the dictionary, though Robert Holmes does that more than most writers. He sent me to look “Tellurian” up when I watched the repeat in the five faces of Dr Who back in 81.
    When does the dvds of “moths” etc come out ?

    Best Wishes

    1. Ah, I sit corrected. Nice nugget of info, thanks. And thanks for reading.

      Not sure re: DVDs and Volume Three. Hopefully there latter won’t be as long: I prodded Rob the other day. Watch this space…

      1. Thank you for such wonderful readin g running through corridors Toby I’ve watched dr who since 63 and its such a joy to us to read rt c I’m still on 1 but wondering when 3 will be out know your so busy loved twice upon time dennis

  4. Hi Toby. I was deeply touched to see the In Memoriam video of Dr Who related people for 2017- it included my father Chick Anthony – twice ! He was also in the image of Chris Holcombe. I didn’t know he had died too. I remember my father mentioning him when I was a child. Could you send me the original pic the you circled Chris in please – and Chick is in the front row middle. I’ve not seen that shot before. Do you have any others by the way ? many thanks.

  5. Very pleased to hear you back on 4 Extra – you always make me laugh. I loved it when you riffed about Robert Lang – one of my favourite actors. I once met him in a petrol station – who could miss that voice. He was happy to be recognised.

    1. Thanks Jenny: glad my meandering actor-riffs are if interest to someone! Thanks for taking the trouble to leave a nice comment 🙂

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