My apologies for the recent lack of updates, but what a busy time it's been.
Apart from being busy in the studio recording another audio book, the main reason for not updating for such a long time is that like many BF customers, I've been waiting for the release of October's Sixth Doctor story, The Widow's Assassin
. I think a download version of the recording was released on 31st, just scraping into the dying embers of October. Anyway, I can now 'safely' mention it here:
Once, long ago, in a land of monsters and corridors, a fair maiden was captured, and placed in a deep sleep.
She was used to being captured, and she had a hero who rescued her on just such occasions. But this time the hero never came.
And the fair maiden slept on.
Eventually, a King rescued the maiden, and made her his bride, which
many wise old women might tell you is just another way of capturing fair
And still the fair maiden slept on.
Then, the hero had another stab at rescuing the maiden from her prison,
but he was too late. And, more importantly, he had forgotten the rules
of fairy tales.
He didn’t slay the dragon.
Colin Baker The Doctor Nicola Bryant Peri
Tim Chipping Constable Wolsey - Mandrake
Baron Pteratrark - Guard Two - Prince Most-Deepest-All-Yellow
Andrew Dickens Reverand Flitamus - Guard One
Fiona Sheehan Princess Dirani
Glynn Sweet Harcross The Ever-Patient - Pheen-Tu - Flunkey
Written by Nev Fountain
Directed by Ken Bentley
A Nev Fountain story is always a treat to work on, even if it's completely mind bending at times. As Dr Who aficionados will be aware, Peri has a huge history which needs some degree of resolution; perhaps this tale will satisfy some who have been waiting many years for such a resolution - or just open a whole new can of worms instead. I'm sure the BF Forum will be awash with informed debate! Wherever the story takes us, I can assure you that fun was had during the recording and once again, I'm keenly looking forward to hearing the finished production: by the way, that's a feathery faced me on the cover - nice...
And now it's November!
So, what's new and what's happening in November? Quite a lot actually! I'm in studio every day this week to finish recording an unabridged audio book of Alwyn W. Turner's chronicle of the 1990's, A Classless Society and there are a number of other pipeline projects throughout the rest of the month - more details to follow.
In terms of this month's audio releases, there's quite a variety to come. I've no idea when or in what order things will be released, so I'll start by mentioning this month's Blake's 7 release:
Gareth Thomas Blake Paul Darrow Avon Michael Keating Vila Jacqueline Pearce Servalan
Stephen Greif Travis John Banks Ragnus Lang
by Steve Lyons
Blake is having bad dreams: a swamp, wolves, a woman called Velandra…
and Travis. Could this be a memory that was erased by the Federation?
by Andrew Smith
A distress call leads Avon and Vila to an old tracking station on the
moon of Lorean. It was sent by Ragnus Lang, formerly Vila’s
partner-in-crime. And now Lang needs Blake’s help.
Ministry of Peace
by Una McCormack
The Liberator crew are on the planet Speranza to assist its new interim
government. But is the planet a beacon of hope in the fight against
the Federation – or is Speranza’s history about to take a darker path?
Written by Steve Lyons, Andrew Smith, Una McCormack
Directed by Lisa Bowerman, Ken Bentley
My second Pathfinder Legends story is next on the list of releases:
Ezren, Merisiel, Harsk and Valeros discover that Karzoug, an ancient
wizard from the long-dead empire of Thassilon, has returned to life.
From his city fortress of Xin-Shalast high in the mountains, he has been
using the giants to harvest souls to reclaim his lost power.
to defeating him before he can reclaim his realm and enslave the region
lies hidden in a deadly dungeon called Runeforge.
Kerry Skinner Merisiel Stewart Alexander Valeros Trevor Littledale Ezren Ian Brooker Harsk Yuriri Naka Ameiko Kaijitsu Toby Longworth Belor Hemlock / Giant Voice John Banks The Scribbler Annette Badland The Voice Nicholas Rowe Karzoug Mark Donovan and Harry Myers The Guards
Written by Mark Wright
Directed by John Ainsworth
And finally, for the moment at least, I played a variety of 'under the radar' characters in Dr Who: Dark Eyes Series 3 - a project I particularly wanted to be a part of and which the boys at Big Finish were kind enough to allow me to take part in:
"Molly O'Sullivan? Hello you."
In his quest for universal domination, the Master plans to exploit
the terrifying Infinite Warriors of the mysterious Eminence. The
Doctor's friend, Molly, is key to that plan's execution, and now, aided
by corrupted genius Sally Armstrong, the Master is close to success.
Paranoid and perplexed after his recent experience, the Doctor
skirts the fringes of the fifty-year conflict between humanity and the
Infinite Armies. Wary of changing the course of history, he fears that
to fight the Eminence would be to do the Daleks' bidding.
But when Time
Lord CIA agent Narvin provides the impetus for the Doctor to act, Liv
Chenka joins him in a desperate race to save their friend and stop the
As the Doctor goes head to head with his oldest and deadliest rival, this war is about to get very personal indeed...
Paul McGann The Doctor Nicola Walker Liv Chenka Ruth Bradley Molly O'Sullivan Alex Macqueen The Master Natalie Burt Dr Sally Armstrong David Sibley The Eminence Sean Carlsen Narvin
1: The Death of Hope
Georgie Fuller Hope Gardner Geoffrey Breton Leo Gardner
2: The Reviled
Sacha Dhawan Jaldam Sarah Mowat Gajeeda Laura Riseborough Sharma
David Sibley Professor Markus Schriver John Banks Captain/Lieutenant
4: Rule of the Eminence
Jonathan Forbes Walter Vincent Beth Chalmers Casey Carraway Georgia Moffett Engineer Tallow
Written by Matt Fitton
Directed by Ken Bentley
Also, on the 19th October, I was delighted to have been invited to help celebrate Big Finish's 15th Birthday; here's a photo from the party:
Anthony Howell - me - Rachel Illingworth
It was a very festive evening and fantastic to meet up with so many friends and colleagues; thanks to Jason Haigh-Ellery and to all at Big Finish - here's to the next fifteen years!
As a coincidental 'PS' to this posting, recorded in July 2010:
was broadcast last week on BBC Radio 4 Extra
and To The Death
is being broadcast as I started to write.
A quick check reveals that having played a 'pivotal' role in Lucie Miller
, ie Seb Andrews
, in To The Death
, I appear to be playing Crewman
. Can't wait to discover what Crewman
does, although I suspect - not much!
...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!