An­drew’s made of the write stuff

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Ruther­glen writer An­drew Smith has been trip­ping the plas­tic fan­tas­tic with his lat­est au­dio plays.

An­drew, for­merly of Eskdale Drive, has writ­ten two plays fea­tur­ing Doc­tor Who stars Jemma Red­grave and In­grid Oliver, set in the worlds of the TV Time Lord.

The ac­tors star as Kate Ste­wart and her side­kick Os­good, who fea­ture in UNIT: Ex­tinc­tion, a box set of four au­dio plays of­fi­cially li­censed by the BBC, with An­drew hav­ing writ­ten the sec­ond and third parts.

Andy, who wrote for Tom Baker’s Fourth Doc­tor on TV in 1980, has played his part in fea­tur­ing an in­va­sion of the Earth by the alien Au­tons – a race of crea­tures which bring plas­tic to life.

The au­dio plays, pro­duced by Big Fin­ish Pro­duc­tions, are the first to fea­ture char­ac­ters from Doc­tor Who since it was re­vived for TV in 2005.

For­mer Stonelaw pupil An­drew said: “I was at work in the of­fice and got a phone call from the pro­ducer David Richard­son. Nor­mally, I’d get an email from him, ask­ing if I’d be avail­able to do this and that.

“He told me, it’s very se­cret, and would I be in­ter­ested in writ­ing for a new se­ries UNIT box set. I think my first re­ac­tion was, ‘Wow!’

“That was the first I’d heard about them get­ting the rights to use el­e­ments from the new se­ries.

“I had to keep quiet about it for a while, so it was great when the news was fi­nally out there and was able to talk about it a wee bit.”

An­drew – who has dropped ped in a sly ref­er­ence to Ruther­glenn in one of his scripts – found it was a real treat to write for the se­ries’ strong leads.

He said: “Os­good is lovely to write for – as is Kate, who’s very witty.

“The cast are just fab­u­lous. I went in for a day, one of the four main stu­dio days, and I was sit­ting there, think­ing it sounded d really, really good.”

Hav­ing writ­ten nu­mer­ousus Doc­tor Who au­dios over the

last few years, set within the time frame of the clas­sic TV se se­ries which ran un­til 1989 1989, Andy’s de­lighted to d dip his toes in 21st cen cen­tury Doc­tor Who.

He added: “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on th­ese.

“And they felt dif­fer­ent from writ­ing Big Fin­ish sto­ries in the clas­sic se­ries era. “It’s definitely made mem think about the way I write thi things, es­pe­cially for the fu­ture.” fu­ture”

The writer is con­vinced that the au­dio UNIT se­ries will be a big hit, with a sec­ond se­ries on the way.

An­drew added: “There’s an aw­ful lot in th­ese four episodes, as they move along from lo­ca­tion, to lo­ca­tion, to lo­ca­tion.

“It’s a rol­lick­ing great ad­ven­ture with a world­wide set­ting – tak­ing us to Bangkok and the Gobi Desert, as well as back in the UK, as the in­va­sion gets closer.

“The re­search was great fun to do – be­fore I started, there were el­e­ments I didn’t know much about, so it was good fun learn­ing about them.

“There’s some el­e­ments of the story with real life as an in­flu­ence. Yes, there’s fic­tional ideas, but they’re based on things hap­pen­ing in the world to­day.

“The whole thing has an ex­cit­ing, epic

Who’s That Cast An­drew Smith has writ­ten for Doc­tor Who stars Jemma Red­grave and In­grid Oliver, pic­tured here with Peter Ca­paldi

Write Stuff Ruther­glen’s An­drew Smith has en­joyed his lat­est writ­ing as­sign­ment

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