Published on September 1st, 2013 | by James Lomond
Colin Baker to Guest in Live Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Our Colin is moonlighting in another sci-fi legend! Later this year he’ll be a special guest star as ‘The Voice of the Book’ in the all-singing, all-sound-effecting Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live!. Those of us who’ve come to know Colin’s Sixth Doctor all-over again through his Big Finish audios know he’ll be fantastic – his oaky tones would reassure the most fretful of galactic travellers. The show assembles the original radio cast from 1978 with special guests as the voice of the guide…
Of course this won’t be Who’s only association with Hitchhiker’s Guide. The author, Douglas Adams, worked as script editor for a season and penned several stories in the 70s including the sadly never-completed Shada set in his alma mater of Cambridge. Douglas himself apparently introduced Lalla Ward (Romana II) to her future husband, Richard Dawkins at his surprise 40th birthday (!) and another Doctor had a starring role as the ‘Dish of the Day’ in the 1981 TV series. ten Kasterborous points if you can work out which of our leading men is offering himself up for dinner…. (answer in the link at the end).
If you’re a fan of Doctor Who you’ll almost certainly be a fan of Hitchhiker’s Guide. They’re irreverent, satirical and share a joy in finding the impossible in the most ordinary of places. I don’t know about you but I found the 2005 film disappointingly lacking in character. The energy of a live stage performance with our imagination filling in the visuals is exactly what Hitchhiker needs. And a dash of Colin.