Doc­tor Who story idea proves a win­ner for writer Harry

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

A KEEN Doc­tor Who fan from Orm­skirk has been an­nounced as the win­ner of a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion for new writ­ers.

In­spired by his pas­sion for The Doc­tor, Daleks and Time Lords, Harry Draper wrote a new ad­ven­ture about the sci-fi hero which has been turned into an au­dio down­load at Big Fin­ish af­ter win­ning its Paul Spragg Me­mo­rial Short Trips Op­por­tu­nity.

The story fea­tures PC Bernard Whit­tam, who is cel­e­brat­ing his re­tire­ment from a life­time in the po­lice.

His even­ing takes an un­ex­pected turn as he ends up fac­ing the end of the world in a story of damna­tion and sal­va­tion.

Orm­skirk’s Harry, 22, said: “This is my de­fin­i­tive love let­ter to the Doc­tor.

“I wanted to write a se­quel to the very first episode aired in the 1960s.

“It only seemed fit­ting to fea­ture my favourite Doc­tor, Pa­trick Troughton, and be set in Barnes Com­mon, Lon­don.”

He has en­tered the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion since it was set up in 2016 in mem­ory of pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant Paul Spragg.

Harry, who is study­ing an MA in creative writ­ing at Edge Hill Univer­sity af­ter gain­ing a first in his de­gree in the sub­ject at the univer­sity, said: “I re­mem­ber the ex­act day that I came across Doc­tor Who and I’ve never looked back since.

“It was July 8, 2006 with David Ten­nant.

“It had all the clas­sic com­po­nents, Time Lords and Daleks and it had such a huge cul­tural im­pact at the time.

“I then went on to watch all the episodes and I’m a huge fan, although Pa­trick Troughton, Wil­liam Hart­nell and Matt Smith are my favourite Doc­tors.”

He added: “Paul Spragg was al­ways very keen to make sure fans felt part of the Doc­tor Who cul­ture so I’m hon­oured and sur­prised to have won this fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion.”

Af­ter sub­mit­ting a one-page syn­op­sis and open­ing page, Harry was cho­sen from hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants and worked with the pro­duc­tion team on three ed­its to cre­ate the fin­ished story.

Harry added: “It’s par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing that the story has been nar­rated by Ni­cholas Briggs, the voice of the Daleks and the Cy­ber­men.

“He’s a per­fect fit as when I was imag­in­ing the Doc­tor in my head I heard Pa­trick Troughton, the se­cond Doc­tor, and imag­ined the gravel in his voice dur­ing the nar­ra­tive.”

The story is now avail­able free for Big Fin­ish lis­ten­ers.

Harry has also re­cently had a short work of fic­tion pub­lished in Tales From Her Past: Short Story Launch, launched at Orm­skirk’s Chapel Gallery last month.

It fea­tures sto­ries in­spired by Women from West Lan­cashire who took an ac­tive role dur­ing WWI.

Harry Draper has won a com­pe­ti­tion with his Doc­tor Who story, in­spired by his favourite Doc­tor, Pa­trick Troughton, inset PAUL HEYES

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.