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Pat Gorman – Who’s “That Guy”

PAT GORMAN

“It’s wotsisname.” The instantly recognisable Pat Gorman in 1981.

In issue 537 of Doctor Who Magazine I had the opportunity to pay tribute to Pat Gorman. He was the ultimate I-Know-The-Face-But… performer – a familiar figure to TV watchers in the 60s, 70s and 80s, he gave you the nagging feeling that you’d seen him somewhere before. Probably because you had. He was a hotel guest dropping off keys in the Fawlty Towers episode The Builders (1975), he conducted surveillance in the first episode of The Sandbaggers (1978), and served with the Foreign Legion in Douglas Camfield’s BBC  Beau Geste (1982). His CV took in pretty much every small screen classic: The Saint (1963), The Forsyte Saga (1968), Adam Adamant Lives (1966-67), The Prisoner (1967),  Dad’s Army (1969), Doomwatch (1970), Dixon of Dock Green (1970), Callan (1972), Public Eye (1972), On The Buses (1973), The Two Ronnies (1973), The Tomorrow People (1975/1979), The Onedin Line (1976), I Claudius (1976), Porridge (1976), The Sweeney (1978),  Secret Army (1978-79), The Professionals (1978-82), Minder (1979-82), Hammer House of Horror (1980), Day of the Triffids (1981), Blake’s 7 (1978-81) The Young Ones (1982) ‘Allo ‘Allo (1984) The Bill (1984), Miss Marple (1985) Magnum PI (1985 – yes, you read that right, this one was shot in the UK), The New Statesman (1992), Poirot (1992/1993), and Soldier, Soldier in 1994.  And thats just scratching the surface! Most importantly to this corner of the internet, he appeared in over 100 episodes of Doctor Who across 41 stories, sometimes with a line or two, sometimes with a credit, and sometimes behind layers of make-up or latex. 

A mosaic, by the talented Ben Jolly, of some of Pat’s Doctor Who appearances: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Mission to the Unknown, The War Machines, The Abominable Snowmen, The Enemy of the World, The Invasion, The War Games, Doctor Who and the Silurians, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, Colony in Space (twice!), The Sea Devils, The Three Doctors, Frontier on Space, The Green Death.

In my DWM article, none of which I will replicate here – print media needs supporting and the issue is still available from the publishers, so please buy it if you haven’t already – I spoke to Pat’s friends and colleagues who were fulsome in their praise of him as a company member and as a person. There’s space here, that I didn’t have in DWM, for a few extra thoughts and memories from those tributes here.

When I broke the news of Pat’s passing to Doctor Who director Michael Briant (for whom Pat played a number of roles in 1971’s  Colony in Space, and was the first representative of 1972’s The Sea Devils) he said: “How very sad to hear Pat has died. He was a very important part of so many Doctor Who productions back then. A story was not complete without Pat playing some role or other.  He was the totally professional extra/walk-on and could always be relied on to do and act what was required. A very nice man and a pleasure to work with.  He made a contribution to my era of Doctor Who that was extensive and valuable. And that was why he was used so often.”

Pat turns up in the first episode of The Sandbaggers.

For AFM and production manager Margot Hayhoe Pat was extremely helpful in the productions she used him on: “I loved having dear Pat on any show as he was so reliable. He came out to Yugoslavia on [the epic 1972/73 BBC production of] War & Peace to play different soldiers as required. A great charmer, may he rest in peace.”

Production manager Sue Upton worked with him on many shows, including Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970) in which he had a hefty part as the Silurian Scientist: “He was always the number one choice to have around on set and especially away on location in whatever role – and yes, he could speak the odd scripted line too.  He was willing to do whatever was needed in whatever location or odd costume he had to wear.”

Since putting the article together I have been in touch with a few more of Pat’s colleagues, including costume designer June Hudson: “Pat loved the job. He had that chameleon quality of absorbing the character, always looking dead right in every costume he wore. If it was Pat, no worries. A sweet friendly artiste, greatly loved and admired.”

Mr Gorman is checking out of Fawlty Towers, probably because he’s got a gig somewhere else…

Love and admiration for Pat weren’t confined to the worlds of Doctor Who though. Costume designer Maggie Partington-Smith remembers his foray into Shakespeare – albeit dressed head to foot in a bear suit – in the BBC’s A Winter’s Tale (1981) “Lovely man – he nearly suffocated inside the costume but just laughed it off.” Laughter also came in Light Entertainment too, with producer John Adams recalling that he “always gave him parts as an extra because he could, if called upon, deliver a couple of lines. [Pat was] a very charming person liked by all he worked with.”

Actually, such tributes were fairly easy to come by – over the years I’ve interviewed loads of people from that era of television and they’ve always recalled Pat with a smile. Unfortunately, despite much digging, I’d never been unable to find out that much about Pat himself – Births, Marriages and Deaths records are awash with Patrick Gormans so working out which one was him was never going to be easy: I patted myself on the back that, for the DWM article, I’d narrowed his birth date down to 1930-32 and, as you’ll see, I shouldn’t have done. 

We never managed to persuade him to contribute to the DVDs or be interviewed for Doctor Who Magazine, and I had not managed to find the unedited versions of the two interviews with him I knew to have been conducted. They’re all we have really – quotes from him about working on 1968’s  The Invasion (from David Banks’ Cyberman book), and some soundbites selected for the I Was That Monster feature played before the 1993 Planet of the Daleks repeat (frustratingly I located most of the full versions of all the other interviews conducted for this programme, but not the one with Pat).

Nevertheless, it was good that DWM were still prepared to run my piece about Pat which took its cue from Eastenders actor, and old mate of Pat, Derek Martin, who described him as “the unknown soldier” of British TV. Always there, doing good work, but not many paid him much attention nor knew his name. Since the publication of the article, I have been contacted by Pat’s family, and they have very kindly allowed us to know him a little bit more.

Pat Gorman in a rare appearance as himself talking about the time when I Was That Monster (1993 – BBC1).

William Patrick Gorman was born in the East End of London on May 10th 1933 but his was a childhood blighted by sadness. Both of his parents died before he was five years old and so he was sent to live with his grandmother and so separated from his sister (who was housed by an aunt). There was no money and so he had his first brush on the fringes of show business by hanging around at the stage door of the opera house and running errands for pennies (which he would take home and give to his grandma).

Like many East End kids he was evacuated during the war, but unlike some he flourished in the countryside – he struck lucky, billeted to a farm with kindly foster parents he discovered a love for animals, wildlife and the rural surroundings that stayed with him for life.

He went back to live with his grandmother after the war and at school was an extremely proficient sportsman, particularly on the football field. His early promise found him set for a career with Arsenal but unfortunately two injuries to his knee, which resulted in his cartilage being removed, put paid to that. He still played at an amateur level though, and never lost his love for Arsenal – and his fellow extras and East End lads Derek Martin and Steve Ismay attest that even if he didn’t make it as a pro he remained an extremely talented player (they had both first encountered him playing Sunday League football at Hackney Marshes), maintaining a number of contacts in footballing circles.

Pat advertises an upcoming TV appearance in The Stage in 1978

Inevitably, thanks to time and geography, he also had contacts with the more unsavoury side of East End life: he knew gangster brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray and their rivals the Richardsons, but always kept his nose clean. Nonetheless there was one occasion when – in a case of mistaken identity – a contract was put out on his head, which was hair-raising for a few days. Fortunately the error was pointed out to the right people and Pat was able to stop looking over his shoulder.

Unfortunate potential contract killings aside, he had a fair few adventures as a young man – he served in the army after leaving school and then travelled around Canada. Without any money – but with a little help from the Salvation Army – he was an itinerant worker, mucking in as a miner and a logger, doing backbreaking work and avoiding grizzly bears. He’d planned to stay in Canada but moved back to the East End to look after his grandma when she was widowed. Whilst working at Smithfield Market he kept noticing a man who was handing out a phone number and asked what it was all about – the man represented an agency looking after extras and stuntmen and so Pat put himself forward and, after a meeting had been arranged, hit it off with the agent. 

Having been instructed by the agent to buy himself a posh suit for auditions he did so on his way to the hospital following the birth of his son. His wife Vera remembers being none too pleased when Pat turned up to the hospital with a big bundle – something she assumed was some sort of present to mark the happy moment – which turned out to be his new clobber. At the time jacking in the job on the market didn’t seem like the best decision he’d ever made either – though history now tells us otherwise.

He did’t really need to advertise so this blurred still from the set of 1976’s Rogue Male was used by Pat in the 1978/79 edition of Spotlight.

“He absolutely loved the business,” recalls Vera, and it was a business that loved him back. As well as the many, many programmes readers of this blog will doubtless always be delighted to see him turn up in, he did modelling work, adverts (often for foreign countries and unseen here) and networked his way into all sorts of opportunities.”We’ve got all these book covers” laughs his daughter Jackie “someone’s lying dead – [and it’s] Pat with a dagger in his chest or something!” Eventually he didn’t even need an agent – every production team had his number and contacted him directly, handily saving him 10% of a fee he might otherwise have had to give away. He occasionally advertised in the industry directory Spotlight, but not that often. People knew Pat and knew where to find him, and the work kept rolling in. 

Although his appetite for the business was huge, Vera says that “at work he was out there and gregarious but once he got home he was a much more quiet and private man”. Jackie agrees “There was a generous, lively side of him who did well in his work but there was the quieter side at home. He was great to have as a father.”

Pat’s name didn’t always make the credits, but here it is at the end of episode 4 of the Doctor Who story The Armageddon Factor.

As for his work highlights, Jackie is says that “I think his big love was Doctor Who. He was very proud that he had the main characters but nobody knew it was him – the werewolf, the sea monster. He sat for hours having this make-up done. He rather liked being these weird, kooky characters – it sort of appealed to a side of his nature”.

As well as playing various monsters, Pat got his face on screen a fair few times, often in featured roles – he’s the UNIT corporal warning the Brigadier about a Stegosaurus around the corner in Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974), a casually brutal Thal Soldier in Genesis of the Daleks (1975, “Oh kill it off, it’s too slow” he says of a lagging Sarah-Jane), and spends a couple of episodes in a time loop with John Woodvine’s Marshall as the Pilot in The Armageddon Factor (1979). They’re never parts that required showy acting, but if Pat hadn’t been any good we would all have noticed. His solidity, his earthy believability, made him invaluable in these parts – and sometimes the smallest ones with the fewest lines are the hardest to pull off. Television of that period is awash with stiff or stilted cough and spitters, but Pat had a naturalism that made him invaluable. Good acting isn’t just about vocal ability though – physical prowess is important too, and he was just as adept at wearing cumbersome monster costumes well.  It’s easy to shamble in latex, but Pat never did.

There were many, many other shows of course – he frequently illuminated the background in long running classics like Eastenders and Z-Cars: “We were tall and short haired so we fit any job” says Steve Ismay, who worked with Pat a lot, “we had many a laugh and a good drink or ten – he was always a laugh and a great friend”. In fact Pat was offered a substantial role in Eastenders but at the same time he was offered extra work on a film in China and took that because the opportunity to travel was an appealing one – “I think at the end of the day that was something he wondered if he should have taken” says Jackie, but on balance reckons it was for the best. “I’m not sure if he really wanted the limelight to be honest,” she says. “I think he quite liked being hidden behind masks and always being in the background. I think he just liked being part of the business as it were. He was in constant work and he enjoyed it.”

Both screen legends in their own way – Pat Gorman, in a rare credited movie role, as the policeman in The Elephant Man, alongside Anthony Hopkins.

His private nature certainly wasn’t a reflection of what he thought of the fans who expressed their interest. “He had so many people sending photographs and he would always sign them and reply. It was important that they got what they wanted. If they were a genuine fan who’d taken the time to contact him then that’s what he was about – he was happy, ” says Jackie. Our lack of interviews with him is another matter. “He was asked to go to so many conferences, and things for the BBC, but he wouldn’t go – that was the quiet side of him. I think he felt he couldn’t really do it. I think once he retired he stepped back from all those things.”

Pat’s last credited TV role, in an episode of Soldier, Soldier (1994)
He’s still at it. Pat, turning up in a recently rerun 1989 episode of Eastenders.

 

 

 

 

 

At home though, Jackie happily recalls that “he loved to tell stories about Doctor Who and the hairy things that happened to him at the East End. He was good fun. An incredible sense of humour, that’s something that’s very important about Pat – everybody said how funny he was. Not in a way of wanting to be funny or have people looking at him … it was just natural – these remarks would come out which were hysterically funny. He was very much a people observer as well – he was quite a character.”

Steve Ismay concurs, remembering lots of laughter with his old mate Pat “He made us all laugh – funny git, loved a giggle. I have been to many funerals with him on film – on Steptoe and Son we laughed so much we got a commendation from the director who thought we were crying!”

Ben Jolly’s second mosaic of Pat’s Doctor Who appearances: Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Planet of the Spiders, Robot, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen (twice), The Seeds of Doom, The Masque of Mandragora, The Deadly Assassin, The Invisible Enemy, The Ribos Operation, The Armageddon Factor, City of Death, Warrior’s Gate, Enlightenment, Attack of the Cybermen.

Pat passed away after a short illness in October 2018, but so long as people are watching Doctor Who he’ll always be around, even if it’s only for long enough for someone to say “oh, it’s that guy.” “That guy” is now remembered (with the correct birthdate too!) on BAFTA’s In Memoriam page, and quite right too.

Pat may not have been a star, but he was definitely part of the Doctor Who family, and news of his death has even drawn comment from the fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker. “Pat seemed always to be there,” Tom  told me last week. “We took it for granted that his good natured enthusiasm was part of the deal. He liked what I did and told me so, and I found that delightful and I suppose I agreed with him. Of course I have never left and I am sorry Pat Gorman has gone on ahead.”

“There was a sweet quality about him, as if … as if he was quite contented and happy to be in Doctor Who.”

And we were happy to have him. 

With special thanks to Jackie Finegan, Vera Gorman and thanks to Tom Baker, June Hudson, Ben Jolly, Margot Hayhoe, Katy Manning, Sue Upton, Michael Briant, Steve Ismay, Derek Martin, June Hudson, Marcia Wheeler, Ed Stradling, John Adams.

Pat Gorman, remembered by BAFTA.

APRIL 2019 UPDATE

LATEST UPDATES (April 2019)

I seem to be doing a lot of podcast interviews at the moment. Here’s one I did about Target books and other things Doctor Who and career related.

I’ve had the sad privilege of doing a couple of obituaries for the Guardian this month. One for Thunderbirds actor Shane Rimmer with whom I did a Doctor Who DVD commentary a few years back, and one for the comedian Ian Cognito who was an old mucker and a colleague I admired very much. I will also be on a forthcoming edition of The Last Word on Radio 4 talking about Cogs. 

The next Doctor Who Blu-Ray box set has been announced. It is Season 10, and this Jon Pertwee fest will feature a documentary fronted by me called Looking For Lennie in which I try to find out all I can about the late Australian director, who died in tragic circumstances and before Doctor Who fandom had a chance to get to know him.

I go Looking For Lennie on the next Doctor Who Blu-Ray set, but will I find anything?

I was very honoured to be the subject of the latest episode of Stuart Goldsmith’s highly regarded Comedian’s Comedian Podcast. I talk about the state of the circuit, some of my influences and the background of my shows – amongst quite a lot of other things (it’s quite a long conversation!). It is available here.

BBC Sounds currently has every episode of Tinsel Girl – the radio series starring Cherylee Houston about a wheelchair trying to negotiate the world of dating – available to listen to. I pop us as various people in three out of the four series. You can hear them all here

XS Malarkey won Best Comedy Club in the North for a record 15th time in this year’s Chortle Awards. We are promising a fantastic set of line-ups every Tuesday in 2019. I’ll be MCing as always and guests include rising star Sophie Willan.  Listings details are available at  the XS Malarkey Website.

Also this year…

I notice I didn’t put my monthly updates up as blog pages in Jan, Feb and March so, in brief:

I’m on the DVD commentary for The Macra Terror, which is available now.

The Macra Terror gets all animated on DVD in March…

I did a nice interview for Neil Perryman’s Perfect Night In podcast here

I present the documentary A Weekend  With Waterhouse on the Doctor Who Season 18 Blu-Ray set.

I have written a tribute to Pat Gorman in Doctor Who Magazine issue 537.

I have recorded more Fantom Films Doctor Who commentaries in their Who Talk series which feature some fascinating folk…

With William Sleigh, Jim Findley and Sneh Gupta on the Resurrection of the Daleks Who Talk.

Doctor Who In Memoriam 2018

DOCTOR WHO IN MEMORIAM 2018

Remembering those from the world of Doctor Who who have passed away this year.

Well, here I am, Maudlin McDoomyguts (thats my real name, but I had to change it because there was already one in Equity) with my annual List of the Dead.

It is an annual thing from me – just my little project to pay respect to this who illuminated my childhood (which is ongoing) and who sadly died this year. They will live forever thanks to crossing paths, however briefly, with the universe’s best time traveller.

I made the decision to include a section featuring those whose deaths were reported late so didn’t feature in earlier videos. I usually only tend to do the people who were missed off because they died at the end of the previous year but there were so many who had slipped through the cracks that I make no apology for giving them a section. I might not always to this (I mean, where do I draw the line? 1963?) but we’ll see. My video, my rules.

Derrick Sherwin, one of the many Doctor Who luminaries to pass away this year.

I owe many of those featured – Dorka Nieradzik, Peter Miles, Ian, Dow, Rio Fanning, Bill Sellars, Michael Pickwoad, Ian Dow, Pamela Ann Davy  – extra thanks because they took part in my Who’s Round project. I’d urge you to seek out those interviews if you haven’t already.

Please spread this as far and wide as you can. Thank you.

The video can be found here.

Toby Hadoke – December Updates

LATEST UPDATES (December 2018)

I’m having a quiet December writing a book and a script (and eating things I shouldn’t) and sadly my two latest plays, The Road and Going, Going, Goon have fallen off iPlayer so there’s not much to report bar…

I was recently interviewed by Stuart Goldsmith for his Comedian’s Comedian podcast. I’m now replaying the conversation in my head in the early hours and thinking about what I should have said. It will be released at some point in the future and it’s rather a privilege to have been asked.

I will be presenting The 7th Dimension (BBC Radio 4 Extra) every Saturday and Sunday, 6-7pm and midnight-1am between now and the New Year. The shows on December 29th and 30th will feature my tributes to those from the world of UK science fiction and fantasy who has passed away this year.

Some more CD commentaries for Doctor Who episodes have come out from those delightful and hard working fellows at Fantom Films. I have moderated chats with Darrol Blake, Susan Engel, Nick McArdle, Carolyn Montagu and John Lesson (with a bonus track featuring Shirin Taylor) on The Stones of Blood and with Ann Davies, Richard Martib, Carole Ann Ford, Spencer Chapman, Nick Evans, Peter Badger and Clive Doig on The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Details on these, and previous releases, here.

Who Talk: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

It’s the XS Malarkey Christmas Party on December 18th – food and karaoke and retro video games all on us, your favourite 21 year old independent comedy club in the vicinity of Oxford Road. The club then takes a break over Christmas but starts again in January 2019.  Listings details are available at the XS Malarkey Website.

Quatermass and the Pit comes is still out on Blu-Ray – a great Christmas present for your favourite admirer of classic TV (it really is one of the best TV serials ever made).  I have been working on the release, donating a large amount of photographic and audio material, as well as presenting the commentaries on all six episodes. Not many cast and crew survive, but if they do, we got them, and they have been spliced in with some recordings of my chats with those who are no longer with us. The film sequences have been remastered and they look extraordinary. It’s going to be a terrific release considering the age of the source material and is well worth a look.

I have recorded some audios for the fabulous new entertainment producers Sound of Thunder who are making some delightful original content from a great talent pool. More details here. And they gave me an apple tree, the lovely people!

 

I have also made another documentary for the Doctor Who Blu-Ray range – A Weekend with Waterhouse finds me breakfasting with Adric and getting up close and personal with the man who played him. Chris Chapman is the superb programme maker behind this and a few more productions we are currently working on for later on in the range.

With Matthew Waterhouse filming A Weekend With Waterhouse for the Doctor Who -Season 18 Blu-ray.

My Big Finish podcast Who’s Round is up and about again – recent interviews have included Clifford Rose, Janet Henfrey, Joanna Monro and David Graham. There are more to come, including a Christmas themed one with a very important member of the acting profession – the exact release schedule isn’t certain but keep an eye out here.

Oh and incidentally,  A Happy Christmas to all of you at home 🙂

(Keep an eye out for my end of year Doctor Who In Memoriam which will materialise on New Year’s Eve)

(and actually, I said it was quiet but it looks quite busy when you write it down…)

Toby Hadoke – August Updates

LATEST UPDATES (August 2018)

I am still gigging regularly at The Comedy Store and XS Malarkey   (and the 99 Club, Leicester Square – this month the 22nd and 29th only) – I can’t fit any other gigs in because…

I will be  playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet for Feelgood Theatre until August 12th. The reviews have been very positive:

“adds enough new ideas and makes clever use of the park’s striking locations to make you experience the Bard’s oft-performed tale of doomed love with fresh eyes.” – The Stage

“if you fancy taking the family with a picnic to the park for evening out in the warm weather (*not guaranteed) with some well-performed Shakespeare, this is your ideal ticket.” – British Theatre Guide

Details and tickets here

Getting a bit tasty in Romeo and Juliet

I filmed a role in the Eddie Izzard/Judi Dench/Jim Broadbent film 6 Minutes to Midnight at the end of last month: it’s directed by The Next Doctor‘s Andy Goddard. Most details are still under wraps but you can read a little bit about what I got up to on it here.

I have been commissioned to write a mini-play about Spike Milligan for Radio 3 which will be performed in front of a live audience and broadcast at the end of September.

I’m back presenting The 7th Dimension on Radio 4 Extra for three weekends at the beginning of September. 

I was on BBC Breakfast last week talking about the internet. Sadly the segment is unavailable now, but here’s a picture:

The Quatermass book grows by the day. I’m hoping to meet my deadline but even if I don’t it’s going to be out sooner rather than later. I’ve found photos,  facts and folk all of which/whom offer fascinating new insights into those classic productions. The first volume is due by the end of the year. More info soon…

The brilliant David Trent!

This month at XS Malarkey there are some great comedians – our headliners include Caroline Mabey, David Trent, and Bobby Mair and there is plenty of heft in the supporting line-ups too. More details are available now at the XS Malarkey Website.

I’m doing some more work (documentary and commentary related) on BBC Blu-Ray releases – not just Doctor Who. And very exciting (if you like that sort of thing – which, fortunately, I do!)…

Ongoing news but good news …

My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson.  It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th.  It is one of my proudest achievements.      

STOP PRESS: There will be a tie in event on the night (I’ll say it again – October 27th) in Manchester – so don’t go making any plans! More details to follow… STOP STOP PRESS – the play, intended for a late night broadcast, has been promoted – it will now go out in the busier afternoon slot because it has got the thumbs up from on high. Not sure how this affects the Home Q and A … more news when I have it.

With Judith Kerr at the recording of The Road.

April 2018 – Latest Updates

LATEST UPDATES (April 2018)

I’ve agreed a deadline with my publisher for the book I have been writing about Quatermass, which means I’ll be keeping my head down for a bit whilst I get the donkey work done on that. I have interviewed Toyah Wilcox, Jason Flemyng and Annabel Lanyon all within the space of a week! I’m on fire!

There’s still room for some live gigs – I’m doing Bury Met on 5th, Nantwich Civic Hall on 6th and The Boo in Rossendale on the 7th. The following weekend finds me at the Manchester Comedy Store from Thursday through Saturday (2 shows on Saturday). And as usual I’ll be at XS Malarkey on Tuesdays, the 99 Club Leicester square on Wednesdays and the Manchester Comedy Store every other Sunday for New Stuff.

I had another obituary for Dorka Nieradzik published, this one was in the Herald. You can read it here.

 

Elf Lyons who makes her XS debut this month

This month at XS Malarkey the headliners whom I will be introducing will be the fabulous Michael Legge, the ludicrous George Egg, brilliant XS debutant Elf Lyons and lugubrious local Mike Newall. More details at the XS Malarkey Website.

Ongoing news but good news …

My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson.  It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th.  It is one of my proudest achievements.

The current DVD release of The Enemy of the World has an hour long documentary produced by Ed Stradling in which I try to find out some brand new facts about the making of this once lost Doctor Who serial. I interview some hitherto unheard from folks, and get some insights into the leading man who, in this story, plays a dual role.

I have also contributed to the new Season 12 Blu-Ray set which is out in the middle of the year: I wear a cravat and talk about – among other things – Glyn Jones, Sonatrans and a wobbly android.