I was just sent a link to the Radio tribute to Spike Milligan and want to thank you particularly , and all involved in the hour and a half as I relived discovering Spike in all his moods as a teenager. John Hegley, I think reintroduced me to a poem I had been hunting for for some time – Spring Song – trying to capture the wild joy of gardens, children and madly joyous dogs. As my atoms spin and I disperse into the universe, I had wanted my last memories to be waltzing ‘into heaven’ with my partner, who could now dance with the grace of Astaire, and the loving, firm hand of my elegant father swinging me round and round. Now I think I want to walk backwards into heaven.
Oh Denise: those words are lovely to read – thank you. I am so glad you enjoyed it and that you took the trouble to get in touch.
I am sure that I am not the only one who now listens especially to your New Year tributes to those that have died in the preceding year. It is particularly touching that you recognise all those involved in the genre, not just the famous actors. Thank you for doing this. Is it my memory or did you have more time and were able to give more examples of those mentioned this year?
I also appreciate your slow and well annunciated credits of each show – such a treat for the listener and a proper recognition for all those involved in the process of bringing us our entertainment and – yes, of course, escapism – the ability to suspend one’s disbelief being so important now more than ever.
many thanks and please keep on with what you do
Thank you Samantha, so much. It was really kind of you to send such lovely feedback and I am so pleased you enjoyed (if that’s the right word) the show.
I finally got round to watching the copy of Doctor Who the Faceless Ones which I think is great! With the magnificent Bernard Kay in it his voice in it anyway.
I have just been listening to your podcast interview with him and I think it is a great tribute to the man. In London’s Burning, he steals every scene that he’s in. He is the actor that you are drawn to on screen.
I have a question. Do you know what happened to the director of the original version, Gerry Mill? He seems to have stop working about 10 years ago on ITVs Heartbeat . Did you know that customs designer on the original Faceless Ones Martin Baugh later went on to work with Gerry on Heartbeat.
Hi Andrew. I am glad you like Bernard – a terrific actor and a fine fellow.
Gerry Mill had a fantastic career, seeing it out on top with, as you say, ratings topper Heartbeat. He is in happy retirement and we emailed back and forth but he felt that he didn’t remember enough to contribute to the DVD. We try, but sometimes people (very politely) decline to be involved. I knew about Marin – we tried to get him for a couple of the DVDs but he was poorly and then sadly died.
Thanks for getting in touch and for watching The Faceless Ones!
I’m currently, thanks to lockdown giving me time to catch up with my reading, watching and listening, part way through a “Hadokathon”. I encountered you, as quite a few others have, via your valuable input on some of the Doctor Who dvd commentaries and extras, so I thought it was time to get round to a certain audiobook about Moths devouring scarves and the Running Through Corridors Volume 2, I was born in January ’73, so thought I would try that one volume first. Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf was fantastic, I could relate to it, all the Who in-jokes, and also about no father figure, in my case I’ve no idea who he was, but as with a certain Susan I had a fantastic Grandfather, so didn’t lose out. It was a great hour listening to the cd, and had a fantastic ending, you’re like a conduit, because you’ve met and worked with Whovian legends and yet you’ll always be one of us, a fan. After the Moths cd earlier, it was time for the book, I’ve got as far as episode 4 of The Daemons, and reading yours and Robert’s thoughts on the stories, as you go through them chronologically, are insightful, funny and add depth to the stories themselves, reminding me of other things, like how fantastic The Daemons dvd commentary is! I will definitely get the 60’s volume, and the 80’s whenever possible. Thank you, for helping a fellow fan add even more fun and enjoyment from Who, life at the moment is hard, lockdown and life in general can be tough when you live on your own, but loving something like Doctor Who is perfect escapism, and a shot in the arm to cheer up any mood. Thanks for showing and reminding me that there are many ways to enjoy and embrace Who, I’ve met three Doctors (4th-6th) and several companions, a school friend is my local Waterstone’s manager, a huge Who fan, and helps out with the local Literary Festival, so does lots of book signings, useful for me as Yeovil doesn’t have many conventions, I’m 48 in January and never been to one! I think next time I see one of my nephews and nieces, I might take a book or Blu-ray along with me, and tell them the story of why I was called Adric…
Hey Marc, sorry for the late reply. I hope you are well and that your January birthday brings you all that you want (I had a very quiet one, and am a year behind you:)
I am so glad you could relate to the show – and thanks for buying it, much appreciated.
I hope you’re having a decent time of it in lockdown ; and a Happy new Year to you xx
Hi Toby, Toby Reynolds here, from way back in Ludlow Sixth Form College days….
So, I’m running a podcast called Dr Kino’s Film Emporium which looks at under-rated, underappreciated and under-the-radar films as judged by film academics, curators and serious fans. I would love to have you on to discuss any film that you feel qualifies. If you’re up for this, get in touch!
Very good to hear your adaptation of The Road.
Two Incidental questions arising: Are there any more Nigel Kneale scripts to be resuscitated? (You probably saw the staging of Indian Wine at The Lass o’ Gowrie are few years ago. He was clearly a most talented and significant writer.
2. Is there any record of his communicating with Charles Chilton, also creating splendid popular broadcast drama at the same epoch, combining genuine science with the paranormal?
Very Best Wishes in your varied work and hoping that it will be possible to see you again in live theatre When The Lights Come On Again
Thanks Giles. Great to hear from you.
I have been through most of Nigel Kneale’s correspondence and there wasn’t, as far as I am aware, anything between him and Chilton – who as you say, was also a great pioneer and a fascinating man. Thanks for your interest and kind feedback x
Hi Toby , so glad we have another chance to listen to your play. Hurrah. And to have this site to keep tabs on what you’re up to. hesitated somewhat over proving my humanity to gain access for reasons you will appreciate. By The Moons, I Honour Thee. Xxr
Haha! Thanks mate.
I understand that you were involved ina radio remake of Nigel Knealke’s The Road.
I saw it when it was broadcast originally in 1963, but unfortunately missed the remake.
I particularly remember the final scene where they unearth a box which contains wiring and a keyboard in what I remember vaguely was rune-like symbols.
Anyway, I am looking for a copy of the original script – can you help me?
Sorry if I missed this message first time around.
The script is on the BFI DVD of The Stone Tape in PDF form. It’s also in a now very rare script book with a couple of this other plays, published years ago, that sometimes pops up on Ebay.
The Road is repeated on Radio 4 tomorrow night if you would like to hear it again.
Loved your ‘Moths’ show a few years back on Dundee Rep and was delighted to find you again making a brilliant contribution to the Quatermass programme on BBC Sounds. Brought back childhood memories of getting up during the night in terror. Still remember the flying cables and rippling gravel. Hope you get the book out soon as I am getting on a bit!
I will be watching out for you next appearance in my area.
Thank you Brian.
I was very sorry to read of Stephen Thorne’s death in your review of him for The Guardian. About ten years ago he gave me at least a couple of hours in the George to interview him for my biography of the “esteemed” Reggie Smith. For a few months afterwards he and I were in close touch by email.
I followed your obit with an anecdote that Stephen had told me about Reggie, and although it has been acknowledged by someone I know in the obits dept of the paper it has not been published.
Unfortunately the biography is also not yet published. My publisher died suddenly of cancer. I myself have been consumed by other writing, some ill health and a move back from Ireland to England, but once we are settled here I am going to pick it up again.
Did you ever know Reggie? By the way, I was on tour with Paul Darrow in “Chips with Everything”.
Just wanted to say a warm thank you for the very fine obituary of my dad /my husband Stephen Thorne in the Guardian yesterday.
Obviously we’re biased, but really did feel that you appreciated his talents as well as capturing the lovely man that he was.
Simon & Barbara Thorne.
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.
Thanks Jenny: glad my meandering actor-riffs are if interest to someone! Thanks for taking the trouble to leave a nice comment 🙂
Just wondered if there was any way of listening to your adaption of “The Road” broadcast on Sat 27 Oct 2018. Just seen that the episode is not currently available. Was really looking forward to listening to it.
I’m so sorry but as is customary it was on iPlayer for a month but has gone now. Feel free to badger the Beeb for a repeat or a CD release. Thanks for your interest and sorry I can’t help.
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.
just been watching Curse of Peladon commentary and wonder what the font was on the closing credits for Pertwee episodes Spearhead from Space – Green Death might be. i was wondering who might be expert enough to know the answer and i dont know who “the watcher” is in DWM either.
I think you might be my best chance to find out.
all the best.
Thanks Trevor. Fonts aren’t my area really. Are you on Twitter? If so, I’d ask Clayton Hickman. He’ll definitely know.
Please please come to the US!
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 ?
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…
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
Thanks Dennis. We’ll hopefully work on Number 3 next year but I have to do my Quatermass book first!
Thank you for your Who’s Round interviews with both Paul Joyce and Stephen Gallagher. If I listened to just one person’s side, I would have an opinion about the other person which would be biased. So I appreciate your integrated interviews. I also know which person I’d rather have a cuppa with! You can add journalist and interviewer to your list of talents. Regards, Anthony
A very warm and accurate obit for Neville Jason: an absolutely charming chap, and lifelong friend of my late father Michael Hayes. Like Dad, he will be sorely missed
I’m sorry that I didn’t know you were so well connected and researched at the time of Michael’s obit, but here is my email address should you want or need to get in touch re: Androids, Armageddon or City of Death (which he absolutely loved doing, and everyone had the most fantastic time… I was on the recce !)
All the best,
Your ‘old’ email keeps sending me junk mail – just in case you don’t know you are being spammed ! Hope you are well ? Glad to report that MIWK publishing kindly got Bernard’s memoirs into print. Gladly send you a copy if you can send me an address. Cheers Martin
Thanks Martin – I’ll email you – but yes, a copy would be lovely, thanks 🙂 Sorry about the hi-jacking of my email address. Nice to hear from you.
Loved Jago & Litefott Series 10 – reivew is here http://www.planetmondas.com/2015/10/27/review-jago-litefoot-series-10/
Thanks Ed 🙂
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.
Hi Toby, I just wanted to say that I am a huge fan. I bought your “Moths” programme some time ago and enjoyed it immensely. I am now loving your Who’s Round podcasts on Big Finish. I enjoy listening to them on the train into work in the mornings. Keep up the good work! Best wishes, Alex
Thanks Alex : very kind of you to say so.
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!
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