Lisa Bowerman on Showrunners

As Doctor Who spin-offs go, the character of Bernice Summerfield has been around the longest, starring in her own set of books starring in 10 seasons of Big Finish audio adventures. We’ve had an interview with actress Lisa Bowerman in the can for quite some time now – and we’re finally ready to begin unveiling it!

So to act as a bit of a teaser, here’s a preview snippet. During a long and fascinating chat, Lisa got onto the subject of the state of television drama, making a sharp contrast between our current crop of dramas and those from around 20 years ago when she first appeared in Casualty.

Here Lisa extolls the virtues of having a showrunner – a writer leading the series, which is the model under which Doctor Who has worked since 2005.

“I wish producers would wake up to this. Doctor Who is the first show in years that has been writer-lead – I was brought up on writer-lead television such as Dennis Potter but how much TV can you think of recently that has been written this way other than Doctor Who?

“It seems it doesn’t happen anymore and I don’t understand why – HBO in America proves that it works. I hope TV executives will learn from that.”

There is so much more to come from the star if the Bernice Summerfield audios and the director of several Big Finish productions over the next few days, so check back for the full interview over the weekend!

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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