So, I look like crap - but there’s a reason…
Basically, I’m running a 50k race in August to raise money for guide dogs.
I am insane. And tired. And occasionally in need of chocolate.
But if you’ve come across this, and are even remotely interested in dogs, me, the work I’ve done for Big Finish, or the Beeb, or whatever - maybe you’re just feeling randomly charitable - please check out this link:
So… now I can finally talk about a couple of projects that we completed back in January, both of which reunited me with the lovely Bernice Summerfield.
Having said my farewells to her with the last Big Finish box set - Missing Persons - I genuinely thought my time with her had come to a close. Then, one day, just towards the end of November, I had a lovely e-mail from David Richardson asking if I’d be up for doing The Highest Science (an adaptation of Gareth Roberts’ New Adventures novel) at the beginning of January, produced by the equally lovely Cavan Scott. Obviously, I bit his hand off!
A few days later, I had another e-mail asking if I could do the next Bernice Summerfield box set, guest starring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and produced by the spectacular James Goss. I’ll be honest, it could have been awkward - the previous keeper of the range coming back to work alongside his successor - but I couldn’t have been happier. James is a brilliant, brilliant man, and a fantastic producer, and the stories that are coming up are genuinely thrilling. So nice to sink my teeth into something as a director with just a finished draft to worry about!
And the casts! I’ve been very lucky with these… As announced on the Big Finish website, The Highest Science features Daniel Brocklebank and James Baxter (both of whom I’ve worked with before, most notably on Imaginary Boys for Radio 4), alongside Sinead Keenan (Being Human) and Tom Bell (Wizards vs Aliens). And a few more people too…!
Then the new box set - Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield - allowed me even more fun. In that, we have guest stars like Miles Jupp, John Finnemore, Matthew Gravelle, Colin McFarlane and Sheila Reid, all playing roles you wouldn’t normally expect them to play. I couldn’t be more chuffed with what we have in store. I was thrilled the moment I heard James was taking over the range - but to come back and work alongside him has been nothing short of a treat!
Out in June, the box set details can be found here - http://bigfinish.com/ranges/coming_soon_reverse/doctor-who-the-new-adventures-of-bernice-summerfield - with The Highest Science following in December: http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-highest-science-1038
A really positive review here for my Big Finish debut! I’m purposefully avoided reading reviews but I stumbled upon this one accidentally and couldn’t be more pleased!
We are pleased to reveal the cover for our September Big Finish Classics release of Frankenstein, starring Arthur Darvill as Victor Frankenstein and Nicholas Briggs as his creature.
Joining Arthur and Nick in Frankenstein are Doctor Who stalwarts Geoffrey Beevers as Victor’s father, Alphonse; Georgia Moffett as his betrothed, Elizabeth; and Terry Molloy as sailor, Christensen. The drama also features Alex Jordan, Lizzie Hopley, Geoffrey Breton, Sarah Ovens and Stephen Fewell.
The special five-disc release features an original adaptation by Jonathan Barnes across three discs, with bonus discs including behind-the-scenes material and a music score, and is available to pre-order now on CD and download.
An option to order the set with limited edition art cards signed by Arthur Darvill and Nicholas Briggs is also available, and a special teaser trailer can be heard for the release on the product pages.
Big Finish is thrilled to announce full details of a brand new full-cast dramatisation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, starring Doctor Who’s Arthur Darvill as Victor Frankenstein, with monster maestro Nicholas Briggs as his infamous Creature.
Adapted for audio by writer Jonathan Barnes (The Somnambulist, The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes), and directed by Scott Handcock (The Confessions of Dorian Gray), this chilling tale also features the vocal talents of other familiar voices from the Doctor Who universe, including Geoffrey Beevers (The Master) as Victor’s father, Alphonse; Georgia Moffett (The Doctor’s Daughter, Jenny) as Victor’s betrothed, Elizabeth; and Terry Molloy (Davros) as hardbitten sailor, Christensen. Alex Jordan, Geoffrey Breton, Lizzie Hopley, Stephen Fewell and Sarah Ovens also star.
‘This is a project that Arthur and I have been discussing for some time,’ explains producer and director Scott Handcock, ‘and it’s been an absolute joy to finally bring it to life. Jonathan’s adaptation is confident and full-blooded, and every single one of our cast members raised their game to match the material. It’s a fresh and faithful adaptation of a classic story, and it promises to be a gripping listen!’
Frankenstein will be released in September as two special-edition formats, both comprising three discs of the drama itself, plus two bonus discs featuring behind-the-scenes material, and an accompanying soundtrack from composer James Dunlop.
The standard five-disc Special Edition is available to pre-order now for £25.00 (£20.00 for download), alongside a special Limited Signed Edition featuring two exclusive art cards autographed by Arthur Darvill (Victor Frankenstein) and Nicholas Briggs (The Creature). This edition can also be pre-ordered now for £35.00.
Please note that the signed edition will be limited to 1000 copies only, and prices will rise upon release. Both versions will be available from September.
You can listen to a special trailer for Frankenstein now on the relevant product pages!
The new edition of Big Finish’s Vortex confirms the full cast for Frankenstein.
In addition to Arthur Darvill and Nicholas Briggs as Victor and the Creature, we have Geoffrey Beevers as Alphonse Frankenstein, Georgia Moffett as Elizabeth, Terry Molloy as hard-bitten sailor Christensen, with other cast members including Geoffrey Breton, Lizzie Hopley, Alex Jordan, Sarah Ovens and Stephen Fewell!
It really will be a cracking listen!
Slightly concerned that it’s already February. Suffice to say, this month’s slightly crept up on me. January’s been a month of flitting back and forth - mostly between Cardiff and London - with lots of recording for Big Finish. Not only on the previously-mentioned Frankenstein starring Arthur Darvill as Victor, but a few other projects too. (No, not Dorian, before people ask!)
Though, speaking of the lovely Mr Gray, I did catch up with Alex in the Old Vic’s production of Fortune’s Fool on Wednesday, where it’s playing until the 22nd of February: http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2013/fortunes-fool/ Definitely recommended viewing if you’re able to get down there! As for more from our favourite immortal (it’s a question I get asked a lot), rest assured I will be shouting from the rooftops if another run gets confirmed. In the meantime, there are two glorious series available to enjoy from Big Finish: http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released/the-confessions-of-dorian-gray
I was also lucky enough to be invited along to the BBC Audio Drama Awards last Sunday (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/add_shortlist_2014.html), where my Radio 4 drama Imaginary Boys was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the form of the splendiferous Geoffrey Breton. We didn’t win, alas - that honour went to the incredible Shaun Dooley - but we did get to witness the Big Finish boys take home the Best Non-Broadcast Drama award for Doctor Who: Dark Eyes! A very enjoyable evening celebrating the joys of the audio drama community with lots of friends, old and new!
So yes, January’s been a little frantic with this and other bits, and February’s looking much the same. Though I am off to Los Angeles in a fortnight for the 25th Gallifrey One convention! http://www.gallifreyone.com/ I’ll be interviewing various folk, scribbling autographs should anyone want them, and even hosting a panel about The Confessions of Dorian Gray (joined by Jason Haigh-Ellery, Gary Russell, Katy Manning and Tony Lee). Do swing by and say hello if you’re there!
Hoping to reveal news on a few other projects very soon :)
Much love to all!