Released in 2008, my first foray into scriptwriting was the 25-minute Doctor Who audio drama False Gods, starring Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Philip Olivier (Hex) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Howard Carter). One of four audio dramas released under the umbrella title Forty-Five (a number significant to each story and also a nod to the forty-fifth anniversary of the series itself), my story, set in 1902, concerns the opening of an ancient tomb by archeologist Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt – a tomb whose discovery sheds new light on the history of the world as we know it.
DOCTOR WHO: PLAGUE OF THE DALEKS
According to the guide books Stockbridge is the loveliest village in England. But something is coming to this rural idyll. Something which turns mild-mannered villagers into ravening zombies. It is a plague such as the Earth has never seen before, falling through history from a time when humanity’s greatest enemy was a race known as the Daleks.
Released in 2009, this 4-part audio drama stars Peter Davison (5th Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Keith Barron (Isaac Barclay), Liza Tarbuck (Lysette Barclay) and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks.
DOCTOR WHO: HOUSE OF BLUE FIRE
Aquaphobia – an abnormal fear of water, or drowning.
Blattodephobia – the morbid fear of cockroaches.
Catoptrophobia – the fear of mirrors, or seeing one’s own reflection.
There’s a whole ABC of horrors at Bluefire House, as four young people, drawn together to this tumbledown hotel at the edge of nowhere, are about to discover. But what is the ancient, foul thing that has emerged from the wilderness to bring them here? And why does speaking of it only strengthen it?
The Doctor alone knows what lurks at the heart of Bluefire House. The monster of his childhood dreams is coming. And just this once, the Doctor is afraid.
Released in 2011, this 4-part audio drama stars Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor), Timothy West (Dr Magnus Soames), Miranda Keeling (Number 5), Howard Gossington (Number 12), Ray Emmett Brown (Number 16), Amy Pemberton (Number 18) and Lizzy Watts (Eve Pritchard).
DOCTOR WHO: MOONFLESH
You wouldn’t normally expect to find wild animals roaming free in Suffolk in the year 1911. But when the Doctor and Nyssa arrive they find themselves pursued through the English countryside by a hungry lioness. They soon discover they have landed in the private hunting grounds of the famous explorer Nathaniel Whitlock, who has brought together a motley group of acquaintances for a weekend’s shooting.
But one of Whitlock’s guests isn’t all that they seem. One of them wants the secrets of the Moonflesh, the strange red crystal discovered by Whitlock’s retainer, a Native American known as Silver Crow. Because the Moonflesh is reputed to have the power to call upon spirits from another realm…
…And soon the hunters will become the hunted.
Released in 2014, this 4-part audio drama stars Peter Davison (5th Doctor), Sarah Sutton (Nyssa), Tim Bentinck (Nathaniel Whitlock), Rosanna Miles (Phoebe Whitlock), John Banks (Silver Crow), Francesca Hunt (Hannah Bartholomew), Hugh Fraser (Edwin Tremayne) and Geoffrey Breton (Hector Tremayne).
DOCTOR WHO (THE COMPANION CHRONICLES): FREAKSHOW
The TARDIS arrives in Arizona in 1905, where travelling showman Thaddeus P. Winklemeyer is offering the residents of Buzzard Creek the elixir of life. Winklemeyer also owns a unique carnival full of caged alien creatures. And in the Doctor’s companion Turlough he has found a brand new exhibit…
Part narration, part drama, this story, released as part of the boxset Doctor Who – The Companion Chronicles – The Specials in 2011, stars Mark Strickson (Turlough) and Toby Longworth (Thaddeus P. Winklemeyer).
DOCTOR WHO: DARKSTAR ACADEMY
When the TARDIS is buffeted by ‘time slippage’ the Doctor experiences a terrible vision of the end of everything. Tracking the source of the disruption, he, Amy and Rory arrive at what appears to be an English public school in the 1950s.
Upon further investigation, however, the time travellers discover that the prefects at this particular school carry guns, and that the school grounds are surrounded by an invisible forcefield. But it isn’t until the school is attacked by a swarm of foot-long, crab-like carnivores with spiny, armoured bodies that things really start to go wrong!
Written specially for audio, this hour-long story, released in 2012, features the 11th Doctor, as portrayed on TV by Matt Smith, and his companions Amy and Rory. It is read by Alexander Armstrong.
JAGO & LITEFOOT: THE NECROPOLIS EXPRESS
Strange things are happening in the pauper’s graveyard at Charnel’s End. There are hideous creatures in the undergrowth, a mysterious light emanating from the church, and something deadly beneath the ground itself. Someone from Litefoot’s past has come back to haunt him, and things may never be the same again…
Released in 2011, this Victorian-set audio drama features the characters Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot (from the hugely popular 1977 BBC TV Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, which starred Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor) in one of their own series of adventures. The Necropolis Express was the second of four stories released as part of the box set Jago & Litefoot – Investigators of Infernal Incidents – Series Two and starred Christopher Benjamin (Jago), Trevor Baxter (Litefoot), Lisa Bowerman (Ellie Higson), Vernon Dobtcheff (Reuben Mord), David Collings (Gabriel Sanders) and Alex Mallinson (The Station Master).
TORCHWOOD: MR INVINCIBLE
Ross Chapman is one of life’s losers. So when he survives a point-blank shooting, dons a superhero costume and becomes a crime-busting vigilante, something strange is clearly going on.
And Ross’s transformation isn’t the only odd thing happening in Cardiff. Time is distorting – around the city, some people are aging, dying and decomposing in a matter of minutes, while others are reverting to childhood.
Sgt Andy Davidson knows he’s out of his depth – so when Jack Harkness sweeps into the police station, he’s glad of the help that only Torchwood can provide. But for Jack the stakes are higher than ever. He’s seen a vision of Gwen, dead, murdered by an unknown gunman. And if he can’t solve the mystery of Mr Invincible, he can’t save her.
Released in 2012, this hour-long story, written specially for audio, is read by Tom Price, who played Sgt Andy Davidson in the hit BBC television series.
HAMMER CHILLERS: THE FIXATION
When Ian Hibbert witnesses a man dumping a bag of rubbish outside his house he decides enough is enough. But after initiating a local clean-up campaign, he discovers, to his cost, that someone – or something – is resistant to his efforts. Lethally resistant.
Released in 2013, audio drama The Fixation is one of six stories that comprise the box set Hammer Chillers – Series One. The other stories are The Box by Stephen Gallagher, Sticks and Stones by Robin Ince, The Devil in the Darkness by Christopher Fowler, Spanish Ladies by Paul Magrs and Don’t Go There by Stephen Volk. The Fixation stars Miles Jupp (Ian Hibbert), Camille Coduri (Beth Hibbert), Ewan Bailey (Malcolm Beglin/DS Bob Sharpe), Jacqueline King (Barbara Whitlow), Lauren Kellegher (Sam Hibbert) and Danny Horn (Hoodie).