I cannot believe that it has been 18 months since we first spoke about this but Strangeness in Space , the fan-funded sci-fi audio comedy, is about to get even strangerer!
Starring Dr Who’s Sophie Aldred and Saturday Morning TV legends Trev and Simon, the first four episodes are already available for free via www.strangenessinspace.com , produced by Clare Eden (Exec. Producer of Parsec Award winning, and BBC Audio Awards nominated, Minister of Chance). Already listed in The Guardian’s Top 50 Podcasts You Need to Hear , and also now nominated by fans for a second time in the Audio Verse Awards, Strangeness in Space is approaching its Season Finale and plans are underway to bring you another hilarious adventure… in two parts!
Regular cast members include Doon Mackichan (The Day Today, Smack the Pony,Toast of London, Plebs) as the show’s narrator Bounty Flightingale and Barnaby Edwards (Dr Who, Big Finish) as LEMON.
Previous episodes have featured anumber of guest stars including Alexei Sayle, Paterson Joseph and Rufus Hound. We suspect this Season Finale of this surreal and silly space saga will not be without it’s guest stars. You will have to stay tuned to find out.
Strangeness in Space is crowdfunded. It can only happen with the support of its wonderful fans
This episode’s funding cycle will start on Kickstarter on the 1st November 2016.
Rewards will see the return of old favourites (such as having your name read out at the end of an episode, or cast signed – goodies ) and will see a number of new rewards.
Please support Strangeness in Space using the hashtag #TeamStrange and spread the word! (share buttons on right of this page).
Voting for the next round of the Audio Verse Awards will open shortly at http://www.audioverseawards.net/ Strangeness is nominated by fans in THREE categories: Best Series, Best Actress for Sophie, and Best Script for Trev & Simon so check this out and make it happen!
THIRD IN the run of brand new Eighth Doctor adventures is The Beast of Orlok, which finds the Doctor (Paul McGann) and Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) in Germany, where they encounter a creature unlike anything either of them has seen before. Like the previous stories, The Beast of Orlok will be released on CD, but customers who can?t wait until May for that will be able to buy part one on Saturday 4th April – with part two the following week – from the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com). Each episode premieres at 6pm.
Writer and director Barnaby Edwards has assembled a fantastic guest cast, including Miriam Margolyes as Frau Tod: ?a no-nonsense landlady who has a sharp tongue and a mean left hook? and Samuel Barnett as her son Hans. ?Nothing can quite prepare you for the extraordinary firecracker of energy, talent, humour, intelligence and generosity that is Miriam Margolyes,? enthuses Edwards. ?I think it took most of us less than half an hour to
progress from initial discombobulation to undying admiration. If I could choose one person to work with for the rest of my life, it would be Miriam. She’s a cosmic phenomenon in human form.?
As for Barnett, ?I cast Sam on the strength of his central performance in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, for which he received both a Tony and Olivier award nomination. I wanted someone young, articulate, witty, intelligent and sincere for the role of Hans. Sam has those qualities in spades.?
As for Edwards? biggest triumph, ?In keeping with the Hollywood Gothic feel of The Beast of Orlok, I wanted to do a full-blown filmic montage in the style of those old Universal Studios horror movies like The Bride of Frankenstein. But it’s a very tricky device to achieve, especially when you don’t have any visuals to help you out: the danger is that it becomes unclear where the various sets of characters are at any one time. I spent days working out the precise pacing and aural scene transitions, and it took a great deal of work in post-production, but I’m delighted with the result.?