Q/A: David Richardson

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What's your desert island Doctor Who story?

The Ark in Space (can I take our audio version of Foe from the Future too!?)


Who's the best actor never to have played the Doctor?

Oh I could go for a whole regeneration cycle's worth... David Warner (though he played it in our Unbound series - beautifully), Michael Maloney, Hugh Ross, Rory Kinnear... We've just been working a bit with a rising star called Blake Ritson (who's in Upstairs Downstairs) - he's terrific and I could see him on the cover of the Radio Times brandishing the sonic.


Blow-Job, Marry, Kill - Matthew Waterhouse, Terrance Dicks, Ron Grainer

Eh? I don't understand the question!


Who's the most famous Doctor Who related person you've got in your phone contacts?

Actually I think everyone still around from the classic series is in my phone contacts! I read my messages list the other day and it was like a Radio Times listing for a multi-Doctor story.


David Richardson with Louise Jameson and Henry Gordon - Jago - Christopher Benjamin - George Litefoot


Do you have all your Doctor Who DVDs in transmission order on your shelf?

Yes. (Panics) How do you know that?


Which single episode would you like to be recovered?

Power of the Daleks part two.


Which is your favourite regeneration scene?

I think First Doctor to Second, as it's actually more sinister in tone than emotional.


On a scale of nought to ten, how much do like Katy Manning's DVD commentary contributions?

Oh crikey, I've never heard one. Sorry, Katy! Actually, Katy has no idea what the internet is. I'm safe.


Has a Doctor Who story ever made you cry?

Oh yes. When I sit down to listen to edits of our Big Finish stories, I cry quite often - for the right reasons! We're building up to the release of Masters of Luxor, the unmade First Doctor story, in August and it's very powerful.


Name a Doctor Who story you've never seen.

The Smugglers.


What evidence is there in your home that you like Doctor Who?

Two 12 inch Daleks, a library of Doctor Who DVDs and Big Finish CDs, and a despairing partner who doesn't quite get the series.


What percentage of your friends would know what "the Cartmel Masterplan" or "UNIT dating" means?

Zero away from Big Finish, but I've started socializing with mates from work much more over the past year, so that figure will have gone up considerably!


Give us a hint of the most scandalous behind the scenes Doctor Who gossip you know.

Ha ha. No.


David Richardson, 63, is a producer for Big Finish. His latest Facebook status reads, "Having the strangest phone conversation with Katy Manning, who has superglued her iPhone to the kitchen table."



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