Today, on our much-missed colleague Paul’s birthday, we’re delighted to release a brand new free story from the winner of the Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity 2018. Congratulations to Harry Draper for being the successful finalist.
Constable Bernard Whittam is in for a special evening. Finally retiring from a lifetime in the police force, he’s celebrating with friends, family and the woman he loves. It’s all perfect. Apart from the noise in his head, the wheezing, groaning noise that has haunted his entire life. That and the unusual gatecrashers.
It’s going to be a night to remember…
Writer Harry Draper told us about entering the Short Trips Opportunity: “My passion for Doctor Who is the reason I became a writer. I'm currently studying at Edge Hill University in Lancashire for an MA in Creative Writing. I never expected that during that time, I would be asked to write the words, 'There was a wheezing, groaning noise’…!
“On 8th July 2006, I caught Doctor Who on BBC One, as Daleks and Cybermen waged war in Doomsday, and only the Doctor could stop them. And after all that time, here am I – penning a Doctor Who for Big Finish!
“This Short Trip is very much a love letter to the Doctor and the TARDIS – the two emblems of the show. It's particularly exciting that over fifty years since his debut, we're still telling stories about Patrick Troughton's Doctor. Above all else, it is an absolute pleasure, and indeed an honour, to contribute to the Short Trips Opportunity, which continues to celebrate the memory of the wonderful Paul Spragg.”
You can get The Last Day at Work for here, available for free to all Big Finish listeners.
2019 is certainly going to be an exciting year for the Doctor Who Short Trips range. Here are some details and the artwork for the first four stories: The Brigadier meets Leela for the first time in The Revisionists, out in January.
It’s a Big Finish debut in February with the first story for the Twelfth Doctor – ever!
And we learn the origins of Venusian Aikido in April. We really can’t wait!