This week we turn over the microphone to Hayden for a whacking big interview with Kevin (for it is he) Davies, the director and producer of “30 Years in the TARDIS”, Doctor Who’s 30th anniversary special, and “More Than…30 Years in the TARDIS”, its expanded VHS release. Kevin has also worked on features covering the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Blake’s 7”, the Dalekmania movies and lots more.
Join us for a roller coaster ride along the making of the anniversary special which is burned into the memories of a generation. Hear how an everyday piece of 1970s technology weighing no more than a mere house brick won a 17 year old Kevin an introduction to Douglas Adams and led to him working alongside our Hitchhiking heroes.
Gasp along with Ian Levine as Kevin unveils to the fan they can’t ban the missing 6 seconds clip from Power of the Daleks which he found. Howl with impotent rage as Kevin reveals that he keeps hidden in a secret Wigan warehouse every can of RAF Open Day film which features one of the Doctors, carefully guarding them from all eyes, waiting for what he calls “the right price” (it’s a Hitchhiker’s line, folks). Hold your breath along with us as we wait to hear if Kevin manages to effect an accidental reunion between Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey and the man who brought dedication (it’s a Record Breakers line, folks) to the nation, the man who made the Television Centre fountain immortal, Roy Castle.
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In truth Kevin’s middle name is Jon, not “For it is He”. Kevin is of course the TV director behind “30 Years in the TARDIS” and “More Than…30 Years in the TARDIS.” But his involvement in top British cult sci-fi doesn’t stop there. He has also directed documentaries on “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and the Dalekmania movies. Kevin has made videos in which Douglas Adams explains how the animated computer graphics on the Hitchhiker’s TV series worked.
(00:31:30) Tom Baker and Frank Bough in conversation.
(01:32:50) To Doctor Who fans, Roy Castle is probably best known as the actor who played Ian in the 1965 Peter Cuushing film “Doctor Who and the Daleks“. But to those of Kevin’s and Doc’s generation (cue sound effect of zimmer frames), Roy was a titan of BBC entertainment, especially children’s entertainment. He hosted “Record Breakers” for over 20 years, a show whose most memorable moment for a whole generation was the breaking of the world record for the largest tap dance which took place around the fountain at the heart of BBC Television Centre.
(01:54:05) A scene from the 1974 stage play “Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday”. The tall, white-swathed figure in the centre is the Master of Karn and is being played by Simon Jones, later to achieve fame as Arthur Dent in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. This play is discussed at length along with the other Doctor Who stage plays in Diddly Dum Podcast 035 (Stage Fright).
(02:00:30) A behind the scenes (or between the scenes) clip from another feature directed by Kevin for the Sci-Fi Channel caught Ray Harryhausen at the end of his interview meeting Gerry Andersen who was arriving for the next interview.
(02:01:00) “My Hero Got Me Started” is a clip directed by Kevin for the Sci-Fi Channel in 1995 in which 3 generations of movie makers (including Ray Harryhausen, Steve Norrington and Rick Baker) tell how they got their big breaks by meeting their heroes.
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