Andrew Smith Talks Big Finish

Writer Andrew Smith – whose Doctor Who scriptwriting career has long been limited to 1980 adventure Full Circle – has written a new tale, this time for Big Finish.

Smith was famously “missing in action” from the Doctor Who universe, apparently working for the Metropolitan Police for many years until he was tracked down by the producers of an extra on The E-Space Trilogy DVD box set a couple of years ago.

Doctor Who - The Invasion of E-SpaceSpeaking to his local paper, The Rutherglen Reformer, Smith recalls cutting his new story The Invasion of E-Space from 12,500 to 10,000 words.  Excitingly, he was also invited to the Big Finish studio to see (and take part in!) the recording of this new Companions Chronicle which stars Lalla Ward as Romana.

“It was just like a day at the office, but it was nice to step back into that environment again, seeing and hearing your words being brought to life, and realising how different it can sound in your head to how the actors bring it to life.

“Lalla did a really good job, and I must admit I didn’t know Suanne Braun beforehand, but she’d been in (American TV series) Stargate, so it was nice to chat with her about that. She did a really good job as well, with a nice twist on it.”

Available on October 31st, The Invasion of E-Space stars Lalla Ward a Romana and Suanne Braun Marni Tellis, is written by Andrew Smith and directed by Lisa Bowerman – visit for more!

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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