Category Archives: Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round

Who’s Round 149

WHO’S ROUND 149

RTDI think I had planned to end the who run of releases of Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round with the extremely popular Russell T Davies interviews 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!

WHO’S ROUND 147

WHO’S ROUND 147

BidmeadTalking 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.

Who’s Round 144 and 145

WHO’S ROUND 144 AND 145

Oh, I’m a bit behind (I’ve been posting about Psoriasis a lot instead as it has been Psoriasis Awareness Week so I hope you are now sufficiently aware!).

Anyway, two new Who’s Rounds have come out.

Nick RevellThe first was recorded immediately after I had performed a Christmas comedy show with this particular fellow (with whom it has been my great pleasure to work many times over the years). He was in a Doctor Who story that is probably not considered canonical but it’s part of the show’s rich tapestry so what the heck? And something was clearly in the air as when we had finished we emerged from the 99 Club in Covent Garden and opposite us, at the exit of the Donmar Theatre, stood Peter Capaldi, patiently posing with fans and signing autographs. This show gets bloody everywhere!

June and DorkaSecond up, I had arranged to interview one lady but a change of timetable meant I would be joining her on the day she was due to have lunch with a colleague. And this colleague has done loads of Doctor Whos. So I got two for the price of none. And they had a lot to say so there is a second part to this interview due out next week.

Who’s Round 144 is here.

Who’s Round 145 is here.

 

Who’s Round episode 143

TOBY HADOKE’S WHO’S ROUND EPISODE 143

imageI 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.

But…

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.

And he presto – this is the result. Enjoy it here:

http://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/toby-hadoke-s-who-s-round-142-october-03

 

 

 

 

Who’s Round episode 142

Paul WheelerThis is a really good one. Someone who has never given an interview about Doctor Who before but who has had a hell of a career behind the camera on some of the most well known television programmes there have ever been. He is candid, enthusiastic and keeps insisting that he was very, very lucky. Well,, we were lucky to get this hugely respected professional to talk to us about AA Englander, getting rid of snow and getting cross in Fawlty Towers.

You can listen to this extended but very fascinating edition of Who’s Round here.

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.