The BBC have announced the finalists for this year’s Audio Drama Awards, and there are two names on the list that will be familiar to Doctor Who fans.
Nominated for Best Actress in an Audio Drama is Eve Myles, best known as Gwen Cooper in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood television and audio stories. She’s nominated for her performance as leading role Amy in Frank and the Bear, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October of last year. The 45-minute drama was written by Emily Steel, directed by Helen Perry and inspired by real-life experiences. The official synopsis is as follows:
Baby Frank is just hours old when his breathing becomes difficult and he’s whisked from his mother’s arms. The situation is critical. Hours turn into days as the doctors try to make him better. Whilst they wait Frank’s parents tell make-believe stories of their baby son and his pal Bear, as they desperately long for a happy ending.
A production from Big Finish, most famous for their Doctor Who audio dramas, has also been nominated. The Old Gods, an episode of The Omega Factor, has been named as a finalist in the Best Online Only Audio Drama category. The episode was written by Phil Mulryne, directed by Ken Bentley and starred 1970s Leela actress Louise Jameson (reprising her role from the television series) and John Dorney, the writer of many much-loved Doctor Who audios. Big Finish gives the synopsis of The Old Gods as:
Looking into Tom Crane’s legacy, Anne (Jameson) and Adam (Dorney) investigate a remote community, isolated from the distractions of the twenty-first century. As Anne fights to justify Department 7’s existence, Adam begins to learn how dangerous his new life can be. For when the world is stripped of the trappings of today, only the old gods are left to rule it…
To celebrate this, Big Finish have put the whole first series of The Omega Factor (which The Old Gods is the second episode of) on sale at a price of £20 on CD or £15 to download until midday this Friday (8 January), as well as Jameson’s reading of Jack Gerson’s original novel, at £15 on CD or to download. More details are available here.
Massive congratulations to everyone nominated, and the best of luck to Eve and The Omega Factor! Read the full list of nominations here. Winners will be announced in a ceremony on the evening of 31 January in London.