June! ...'ah, June, like the mountains I'm blue, like the pine, I am lonesome for you...'
Moving on; only the second day of the month and already it's busy, busy, busy - which is just how I like it. When it comes to work, more
is definitely more
! Since mid-April, I've been fortunate and delighted to have worked on four Dr Who
stories, 'read-in' on two other audio-dramas, completed the recording of three audio-books and yesterday, started work on the first of four more stories, which will take up most of the rest of the month. There's an old saying in Yorkshire which goes along the lines of 'Yer that well in, you'll soon be out!'
- but to counter that, there's another well known saying which reassuringly states 'while the sun shines, hay can be made'
, which isn't specific to Yorkshire, or probably anywhere else for that matter. You get my drift...
What fantastic fun it's been to be busy and working on great stories with fabulous people. I know, I know, it all sounds very 'luvvie' and 'marvellous', but when the opportunity of being involved in such challenging and rewarding work comes along, it seems crazy not to enjoy it all while it lasts.
And so, with such thoughts firmly in mind and without further ado: it's time for... this month's releases!
The Oseidon Adventure
The first time the fearsome Kraals attempted to take over the Earth,
with the help of their android agents, things didn't go quite according
to plan – thanks to the time-travelling alien Doctor and his allies at
This time, Marshal Grinmal and his belligerent cohorts are ready for
them. This time, they'll make no mistakes. This time, Chief Scientist
Tyngworg has not just one plan, but a back-up plan, and a back-up
back-up plan worked out...
With the Doctor a prisoner on the Kraals' radiation-blasted home planet
of Oseidon, only his companion Leela can save the day – alongside a
most unlikely ally.
Tom Baker (The Doctor)
Louise Jameson (Leela)
Geoffrey Beevers (The Master)
Michael Cochrane (Colonel Spindleton)
Dan Starkey (Marshal Grimnal/Captain Clarke)
John Banks (Tyngworg/Warner/UNIT R/T Operator)
Written By: Alan Barnes
Directed By: Ken Bentley
The Butcher of Brisbane
Adopting the alias of Weng-Chiang, the 51st century war criminal Magnus
Greel will one day arrive in Victorian London by Time Cabinet – only to
meet his doom, his plans undone by the Time Lord known as the Doctor.
The Doctor never believed he'd meet Greel again. But when a TARDIS trip
to companion Tegan's home town goes wrong, the Doctor ends up in the
younger Greel's heyday – in a world on the brink of all-out war.
With the Doctor at the mercy of Greel's alien associate Findecker and
his army of mutations, Tegan is about to learn just why they called
Greel 'The Butcher of Brisbane'…
Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka)
Mark Strickson (Vislor Turlough)
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Angus Wright (Magnus Greel)
Rupert Frazer (Dr Sa Yy Findecker)
Felicity Duncan (Ingrid Bjarnsdottir)
Daniel Weyman (Ragan Crezzen)
Daisy Ashford (Sasha Dialfa)
John Banks (Eugene Duplessis/Chops)
Written By: Marc Platt
Directed By: Ken Bentley
This from Big Finish in January:
'Magnus Greel – aka the murderous Chinese god Weng-Chiang – is returning to Doctor Who
this year in a new audio adventure from Big Finish. Peter Davison,
Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton are back as the Doctor,
Tegan, Turlough and Nyssa in The Butcher of Brisbane
, facing this old enemy in a story set before Robert Holmes’s 1977 tale The Talons of Weng-Chiang
. The script is written by Marc Platt, whose previous work includes the TV story Ghost Light
and a large number of Big Finish audios.
"Marc Platt has extrapolated a whole 51st century world from a few enticing phrases in The Talons of Weng-Chiang
says audio script editor Alan Barnes. “So if you ever wanted to know
more about the advance of the Filipino Army on Reykjavik, Findecker's
discovery of the double nexus particle or the murderous origins of the
Peking Homunculus, you can't afford to miss The Butcher of Brisbane.
which, as the title suggests, begins with Tegan's arrival in the ruins of her home town." '
As usual, I'm very much looking forward to listening to these stories now they've completed their lengthy journey through post-production and in fact, I'm still looking forward to listening to last
month's releases which haven't yet arrived!
Also, very much looking forward to a huge party on Monday - hope the weather holds up...
I'll round off this month's diary by simply thanking you for visiting the site; at least some of the 15,000 + hits must be intentional!
More of everything just as soon as it happens!