Timely re­turn of mon­sters

Writer An­drew rel­ishes new play

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen Doc­tor Who writer An­drew Smith has had his first taste of writ­ing for a new in­car­na­tion of the TV Time Lord.

The for­mer Stonelaw High pupil, who turned 54 last week, has just had his lat­est au­dio play re­leased by Big Fin­ish Pro­duc­tions, li­censed by the BBC.

Hav­ing writ­ten for Tom Baker on TV, and Baker, Peter Dav­i­son and Colin Baker on au­dio, An­drew has now added eighth Doc­tor Paul McGann to his list.

McGann stars in An­drew’s new play, The Son­taran Or­deal, which was re­leased last week. It is one of four full-cast plays in a box set fea­tur­ing mon­sters from the re­vived 21st cen­tury TV se­ries, against Doc­tors from the 20th cen­tury.

An­drew’s play is set in the time of the new TV se­ries.

He said: “The idea was to have mon­sters from the new se­ries with the older Doc­tors. I was given the Son­tarans.

“I think I had de­liv­ered the fi­nal ver­sion of the sto­ry­line, and was just about to start on the first draft of the script, when I was told we could go ahead and put the Time War in it. What we now have is a bat­tle across time that in­trudes in the real time of this planet where it has a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect.

“The pop­u­la­tion of the planet aren’t aware of what’s hap­pen­ing but the Doc­tor is, and we deal with the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of that bat­tle. We also have a Son­taran who has been dis­hon­oured - he wants jus­tice and his hon­our back.

“It’s got a ‘feel’ to it, a gritty, grainy feel, with this world that they are in.”

Ac­tor Dan Starkey - a reg­u­lar as Strax the Son­taran on TV - guest stars along­side for­mer Young Ones ac­tor Christo­pher Ryan.

He said: “An­drew Smith’s script is a great ad­di­tion to the Son­taran canon. As well as a good paced plot that cracks along, it’s full of re­ally nice de­tails which deepen what we know about Son­taran cul­ture and le­gal pro­cesses. It’s lovely to see a bit of world-build­ing go­ing into it, and, of course, An­drew has form here, hav­ing writ­ten The First Son­tarans a few years ago. Trust me, I was tak­ing notes.”

An­drew en­joyed writ­ing for the mon­strous Son­tarans.

He ex­plained: “The thing that has struck me about the new se­ries Son­tarans is their lead­ers. They’re very Colonel Blimp-like, very much a car­i­ca­ture - an alien based on an old British of­fi­cer stereo­type. With that in my head, I used it as my tem­plate.

“We’ve got Dan Starkey and Christo­pher Ryan back to­gether again, hav­ing played Son­tarans on TV. Dan is mag­nif­i­cent as al­ways, and Chris, who is play­ing the gen­eral, is just fan­tas­tic. He had a big smile on his face the whole time - he’s one of the loveli­est peo­ple you’ll ever meet.”

•The Re­former has a dig­i­tal copy of the Clas­sic Doc­tors - New Mon­sters re­lease, worth £30, to give away to a lucky reader. This down­load fea­tures four full-cast sto­ries, and a disc of ex­tras.

To win, just tell us which in­car­na­tion of the Doc­tor Paul McGann played.

Email your en­tries, with Doc­tor Who Com­pe­ti­tion in the sub­ject header, to news@ruther­glen­re­former. co.uk by next Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 10.

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