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Published on July 13th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

To Cut a Blade of Grass

The has run a short question and answer article with Science Fiction author Cindy Garland, who recently won a competition to have her Doctor Who short story To Cut a Blade of Grass appear on an anthology CD by Big Finish productions.

Big Finish, producers of Doctor Who audio dramasCindy revealed a little of what her story was about:

“I had to in a short story, build up to saving the universe. I thought, ‘Maybe I can narrow it down and make it personal and intimate.’ That’s what I tried to do. The title is based on the ancient proverb, ‘to cut a blade of grass is to shake the universe.’

“It means, you do one little thing and it has this ripple effect and touches people in a way you couldn’t even imagine. The doctor in Dr. Who (sic) is a time lord that comes in and does one little thing and effects the whole universe.”

As a fan of Big Finish and their colossal output of work, Cindy was quite shocked to be one of the 22 authors picked from 500:

“I was overjoyed. When I got the e-mail from the editor, I was like ‘you’re kidding me.’ To think that someone from the U.S. could write something for (“Doctor Who“) and have one of the original actors read it, it’s very humbling.”

Cindy isn’t the first female novelist to write for Doctor Who; Australian Kate Orman has also written several Doctor Who novels for the Virgin New Adventures and the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures.


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

5 Responses to To Cut a Blade of Grass

  1. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    Is she Mary or Cindy?



    Sharon Tracy Spandrel

  2. I’m not certain myself. Looks fixed now.

    Brigadier Sir Christian Beaufort Cawley (Mrs)

  3. avatar CindyGarland says:

    Ha ha – it’s Cindy. I do have an aunt named Mary, but the name is Cindy Garland.

    • Thanks Cindy, not sure how this keeps recurring!

  4. avatar CindyGarland says:

    Not a problem at all. I am extremely grateful that the magazine picked up the article and ran it! Much appreciated! The CD is due for release in August, and I just heard the promo with Colin Baker reading my story. This is the first time any of my work has been interpreted by a professional actor, and I am thrilled it is Colin!

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