Listen up, budding thespians – open auditions have just been announced for a Doctor Who audio project!
Some of you may remember last year’s One Fine Time Lord, an hour-long radio production set on Gallifrey “long before the Doctor began his travels.” It saw the Time Lords’ home planet on the brink of destruction at the hands of Lord Archeron, “one of the most powerful Time Lords in the planet’s history…” It was produced to coincide with Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary celebrations and aimed to raise money for Children in Need. Having been scribed by former BBC Director Brendan Sheppard, the adventure was something of a political thriller, an elaborate yarn that even Robert Holmes (The Deadly Assassin) would have been proud of!
Now, after achieving over 300,000 downloads and having raised in excess of £70,000, a new chapter called Dark Times is currently in pre-production, and the team is looking for new actors to lend their voices to the Doctor Who canon!
They are currently searching for several male and female artists aged between 20 and 70, as well as two young male actors in the 14-17 range. They are keen to point out that these are completely open auditions, and that anyone can put themselves forward regardless of acting experience. Furthermore, they stress that previous auditionees should feel free to have another stab, as the next batch of characters are “very different” from those in One Fine Time Lord.
The auditions will take place on the 14th and 15th June at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and successful candidates will need to be available for recordings in Cambridge on Sunday 13th July, followed by evening sessions on the 14th and 15th July. If you have any questions, or if you wish to book an audition slot, you are advised to contact the show’s producer, Kim Bates, at [email protected] They suggest that you get in touch as soon as possible, as they expect their audition slots to fill up quickly. (Basically, if your helmic regulator has been on the blink, now is the time to fix it!)
Indeed, as producer David Clouter noted when he was making One Fine Time Lord:
“…dozens of potential actors travelled from all over the UK to take part. Over the course of a weekend, it soon became clear that the bar was set very high. After the last of our hopefuls had departed, the final selection process took far longer than we had anticipated.”
Expect queues and crowd-control barriers of X Factor proportions for this one, then!
If you’re still undecided, or if you’re just plain curious, you may also want to have a look at the Doctor Who Online Adventures’ website, as it features a wealth of extra material, including footage from last year’s auditions, a behind the scenes video, and One Fine Time Lord itself! Get those ear-phones ready…
Dark Times is the second chapter of in the ‘Time Lord’ trilogy, and is being produced by Doctor Who Online Adventures in association with Anglia Ruskin University, Doctor Who Online, and Planetary Productions.