Andrew’s made of the write stuff
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.”
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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