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Published on February 2nd, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Tennant Tackles Torture

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is set to star in a new radio drama as human rights campaigner Craig Murray.

Adapted by David Hare, the play concerns a foreign office official who uncovered cases of torture in 2003, and was produced following the failure of a big screen production set to be directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan.

Coogan’s loss of course is Tennant’s gain, and Murray himself is pretty pleased with the casting.

“Obviously I’m delighted David ­Tennant was me, it’s a tremendous honour in many ways. I’ve been a big Doctor Who fan all my life.”

It seems that the play is a little different to the original book – Murray seems pleased that Hare took the trouble to research some of the events.

“It is slightly different from the book because he went to Uzbekistan and interviewed people who were present for key events.

The adaptation of Murray’s account of the horrific torture in Uzbekistan – Murder in Samarkand – finished recording last week and is set for broadcast on Radio 4 on February 20th.

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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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