Nice Monster

Nick Briggs is a busy, talented and hugely nice chap by all accounts – and yet he voices Daleks, Cybermen and other alien beings in Doctor Who.

Nick has been chatting with Digital Spy mainly about the Big Finish audio adventures which he has been involved with from the beginning

“I was involved with a group of fans years ago just after I left drama school in the early 1980s, doing Doctor Who audio drama for fun in which I played The Doctor. I did the Daleks as well – so I got to talk to myself, obviously! And Gary Russell got involved in that, who now works as a script editor for BBC Wales on Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane. We had such a fun time doing it for fun that we made a promise to ourselves that we would try and find a way to do it officially. Gary worked very hard on that and got Jason Haigh-Ellery on board with his company Big Finish. We eventually managed to secure this licence to do it for the BBC.”

And who better to ask about Dave Ross returning, and his affect on the Daleks characterisation?

“Well, I suppose that would be a possibility… but if Davros were to come back I don’t think that would be a problem. I think Russell [T Davies] would still give the Daleks interesting stuff to do. I remember getting a text from him while we were doing ‘Daleks In Manhattan’ I think, and he was complimenting me on the rushes and saying ‘well done’. He said that the idea that Daleks are boring to listen to is just a myth. He believes that Dalek dialogue can be interesting and exciting and I don’t think he’d ever relegate them to that.”

There’s lots more to read in the interview itself, over on Digital Spy.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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