Before we get into that, I just want to take a moment to mention a couple of other things, which in the general scheme of things, may not be very important or even interesting, but I'm trying to 'take in' what I've been doing over the past several months, because the time has gone by in a flash.
Since recording of The Bible came to an end in mid-November 2015, work has really cracked on apace and there have been few occasions when I haven't either been recording or peparing something to be recorded. To put that into some kind of perspective, since mid-November of last year, I've recorded 16 full length audio books, 17 short stories, 6 audio dramas and two narrated audio dramas. In the last two weeks I've recorded two audio books, narrated an audio drama and performed three roles in an audio drama. Last week's book was almost 800 pages in length and had 187 named characters. In the 7 Malazan Empire novels alone, we recorded roughly 7,000 pages of text and I had to create individual and recognisable voices for 583 named characters.
And now, for the first time in many months and before my brain explodes, I'm taking a break. Although, having completed my last project only yesterday, it already feels very odd not to have something to be reading...
..."and the other thing?"
"mmm? oh, yes, the other thing."...
There's a photo of me in the May edition of Doctor Who Magazine. I haven't had a chance to look at it yet (see above as to why...) but I'm quite thrilled by it. I know, I know; for many of my Doctor Who and Big Finish pals, being in DWM is a regular occurrance and no big deal, but for me, it's a new thing and consequently, quite a thrill. Have to see what it's all about, although I suspect it has something to do with David Tennant and Catherine Tate recording some new adventures with Big Finish, which I'm also in. But more of that next month!
Back to this month and details of a couple of new audio releases, (24 so far this year!). The 'big release' for me this posting is the Games Workshop audio book Blades of Damocles by Phil Kelly.
I've done quite a bit of work now with Games Workshop and I'm beginning to get a grip on the worlds of the Space Marines and The Legions and how they function and relate. So just when I think I'm making progress with who's who, along comes an entirely new alien race that I've never heard of - The Tau! And here they are...
Blades of Damocles:
Setting out to exterminate the upstart Tau Empire before they become the threat, the Ultramarines under Captain Atheus discover that the xenos may be more of a menace than they originally believed…
It is the 41st millennium, and an upstart alien empire has emerged on the Eastern Fringe. After a few skirmishes to retake human worlds from these blue-skinned invaders, the time has come to strike against the so-called Tau Empire. At the forefront of the Damocles Crusade stand the Ultramarines, commanded by Captain Atheus, the Chapter’s Lord Executioner. With his loyal sergeants Numitor and Sicarius by his side, Atheus vows to exterminate the aliens…
But the cunning xenos commanders, Farsight and Shadowsun, have other plans.
The Doctor, Romana and K9 have found themselves trapped in a temporal war. On Aoris, the past battles the future - and the future fights back!
With both sides of the war now capable of time travel, the conflict is about to enter a deadly stage. As the pieces of history lock into place, there is little the Doctor can do.
With more Time Tanks moving into combat, the endgame is approaching. The people of Aoris risk extinction at their own hand.
Can even the Doctor save the same planet twice in the same day?
Directed by Ken Bentley