Pinch Yourself

Sometimes I have to do just that.

As you can see, it’s been a little while since I updated – and that’s because it’s been a busy year.
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Let’s start with now and work back. Just out, Dark Eyes 3. the latest instalment in the award-winning series, following the further adventures of Paul McGann’s dashing Eighth Doctor. Now joined by Nicola Walker’s Liv Chenka as well as Ruth Bradley’s Molly, he goes up against the Master (before his Missy days!) as played by Alex MacQueen. I am immensely proud of this, and owe a debt to the great script editing of Jonny Morris, superb direction from Ken Bentley, magical sound design from Wilfredo Acosta, plus a wealth of ideas from creative producer David Richardson.

That’s really what prompted the title for this update: I’ve just written 4 hours of audio drama for some of the very best actors in the land, and it was huge fun and a huge privilege.

All right, so what else has been happening? July saw another instalment in the successful 1960s Counter-Measures series as Professor Jensen and her team got ever more embroiled in alien machinations at home and abroad. Talk about a cliffhanger…

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And in September I was delighted to be asked to write the finale to the Hex saga for the Seventh Doctor’s adventures in the monthly range, Signs & Wonders. I’ve made no secret of the fact that Philip Olivier’s out-of-his-depth nurse, Thomas Hector Schofield, is one of my very favourites in the roster of Big Finish characters. So it was a treat to get to tell this final (?) story, and to give it a particular flavour of the North of England.

But earlier this year was a release that broke new ground, as Big Finish took on Terry Nation’s Survivors. Remaining true to the vision of the series creator, we wanted to make this as real and dramatic as possible, with the result being somehwat more disturbing and adult than many of the fantasy and sci-fi scripts I’ve worked on before. Judging by the response, I think we succeeded.

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Indeed, one of the other reasons that prompted me to finally press ‘update’ on WordPress was the anouncement this week listing the opening episode, Revelation, among the 2015 BBC Audio Drama nominees.

Proud, honoured, and enjoying myself immensely. No… I don’t think I will pinch myself just yet – I don’t want to wake up!

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2 Responses to Pinch Yourself

  1. Erinn says:

    Hi Matt,

    Just a humble fan here from the States. However, I wanted to pop by and tell you, you absolutely SHOULD be proud of the work you have done. An overwhelming number of fans (and this is coming from several of the huge 50,000+ member Doctor Who groups on Facebook that I am a part of and/or am an administrator of) MUCH prefer the story telling and writing of the Dark Eyes series to the newest season of the onscreen Doctor Who. Of course, that is not to say we don’t (or at least I) enjoy on screen Doctor Who, however many of us have felt something was/is lacking quite a bit in the writing/story telling department. I, and many others, have SO much enjoyed the work you, Alan Barnes, and Nicholas Briggs have done on the Dark Eyes series (as well as the other audio drama’s you have worked on). As a writer myself – and an avid reader, watcher, and listener of Doctor Who for over 25 years now – I know good story telling when I see it (or rather, hear it): which should have substance, character development with depth, excellent conflict, and not only the ability to entertain but to educate and inspire.

    Keep doing what you are doing. You are doing a fabulous job and just know there are many of us listening to your work and GREATLY enjoying it!

    • mattfitton says:

      Thanks you Erinn & so sorry for the delayed reply. This blog has been somewhat neglected of late – but reasons will be apparent very soon. (In fact some of those reasons are already out there in the news of UNIT Extinction!) Your comments are very much appreciated: in the whirlwind of online reviews that now exist, sometimes it’s not always the ones who ‘get it’ who shout loudest – so it’s great to know many such as yourself are quietly appreciative! Keep listening & I hope you keep enjoying…

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