Thank you, Philip Sandifer. Someone understands.
"Tat Wood, in About Time, notes that it is the first story in some time to have no references to previous stories. This is a telling detail that explains at least part of why the story is unloved. The fact of the matter is that Doctor Who has, for several years now, been catering primarily to an audience of fans. Fandom is an exceedingly middle class practice, based as it is on a surplus of leisure time and the disposable income to fritter away on Dapol action figures, Target novelizations, trips to conventions, and other such commercial product. This fact is largely responsible for the maddening sociopathy of mainstream science fiction fandom - it's a self-selected group of reasonably affluent people focused on capitalist production. They are myopic by design. A story about modernism and council estates is, in other words, utterly removed from anything that a fan in the Ian Levine model would ever care about. And to be frank, large numbers of people who talk about Paradise Towers simply don't seem remotely aware the larger literary tradition it fits into. They treat it as a naff runaround with silly concepts. And this inevitably makes it look like a much, much weaker story than it is. Which is fine - Tat Wood's observation of the way in which it breaks from past stories by not catering to fans is telling. This isn't a Doctor Who story for Doctor Who fans. It's a Doctor Who story for the British public - an attempt to think of Doctor Who as an alternative to Coronation Street (which, of course, it was in the McCoy era - directly so).
The crowd-funding page is up and running. Please take a look.
Very much looking forward to working with Kinny and the Kats on their new show Mattress, Mattress.
The show goes into rehearsal in April and opens in mid-May. Congratulations to KK also on receiving Arts Council of England for their next programme of work which includes a revival of A Very Magic Flute the first show I worked on as KK's dramaturge.
We're recording my Afternoon Drama about John Gray, the real life model for Wilde's Dorian Gray in BBC Maida Vale on 24th and 25th of March. It's directed by Abigail le Fleming with a great cast including Blake Ritson, Nicolas Farrell and Joshua McGuire. Very much looking forward to it!
I'm delighted to learn that The Divine Comedy - Paradiso has been shortlisted for the 2015 Sandford St Martin Trust Radio Awards .
The Judging will take place in mid April and the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 27th May.
Stephen Wyatt’s reworking of Dante’s The Divine Comedy (BBC Radio 4) was superb: contemporaneous yet loyal to the original, underpinned by Cal Knightley’s unearthly sound design.
Moira Petty's review of 2014's radio drama output in the latest edition of The Stage.