Solar bear Oscar McLeod (voiced by yours truly) as imagined by DWM.

Whilst I am still gigging regularly at The Comedy Store, XS Malarkey and the 99 Club but one offs will be scarce or non-existent because…

Most of the rest of this year will be taken up with putting my forthcoming book about Quatermass (from Miwk Publishing) together. I recently secured some fantastic interviews and this month there is a lot of paperwork to be trawled though, some of it containing some pretty exciting things…

I will be spending the summer doing Shakespeare in the open air again: more details to follow once it’s all set in stone.

Michael E Briant and David Sulkin OBE remember Revenge of the Cybermen, whereas I can’t even remember to shave.

If you haven’t already, get Tales from New Earth : out now from Big Finish. There’ve been a few more very positive reviews about it recently, including one in the official Doctor Who Magazine which, ahem, says … “In a blistering performance, Hadoke makes Oscar an instantly memorable and irresistibly endearing character.” So that’s nice.

A couple more Fantom Films Who Talks are out this month, and I’m on both of them, discussing such disparate fare as The Massacre and Revenge of the Cybermen with such key players as director Michael E Briant, actors Peter Purves, Chris Tranchell and David Collings, script editor Donald Tosh and more… Details here.

Very funny comedian : quietly voiced sarcasm and deadly barbs from Jenny Collier.

This month at XS Malarkey there are some great acts on including the delightfully pesky Jenny Collier doing her first ever headline gig for us. She will doubtless do lots of fabulous material – softly spoken but surprisingly near the knuckle which will have everyone in hysterics. Edinburgh Award nominee Jordan Brookes, who is very difficult to describe – except to say that he’s very funny but not in a way that anybody else is – returns More details at the XS Malarkey Website.

What a team – and they look like they’ve enjoyed going along The Road!

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 in Manchester – so don’t go making any plans! More details to follow…

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