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.
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…
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.
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!