Series 11 of Doctor Who has seen the debut of an almost entirely new team of writers and directors. This week we look at the career of It Takes You Away writer Ed Hime.
At first glance, Ed Hime might appear to have a relatively brief CV prior to It Takes You Away. Like the rest of the writing team Doctor Who veteran Chris Chibnall has assembled for Series 11, he’s new to the Doctor’s world. But more than that, his television work up until now only reaches as far as a few episodes of Skins. But that belies the massive writing experience he brings to bear from other areas.
Ed Hime’s background is predominately as a playwright and as a writer of radio drama. In fact, Hime is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of the production of his first play, 1998’s About the Boy. In the two decades since, he’s seen twelve of his plays produced. These include Mama Yankee’s Life Machine, an SF allegory now taught in schools to drama students, and The Public (aka The Electric Lighthouse), a play about a group of regulars at an arthouse cinema whose friendship is fractured by a brutal rape and which attracted a cast including Sally Hawkins, Luke Treadaway, Russell Tovey, and Jessica Raine.
Since 2007 he’s also written six original dramas for BBC 3, BBC 4 and BBC 6. In addition he’s crafted adaptations of Hemingway and Aeschylus. These have seen him win a Prix Italia Award as well as a BBC A&M Award. Among this radio work is the horror tale Bleeder, about a man who’s beset by uncertainty about the nature of reality after a car crash. Meanwhile in Obey the Wave an SF author investigates an apparent Rapture type event. And then there’s Listen to the Words, starring Joe Dempsie’s fractured and unreliable narrator.
Doctor Who has brought Ed Hime on board just as his career is set to jump to the next level
Ed Hime has given few interviews over the years, and seems content for his work to speak for itself. That work suggests a deep social conscious and strand of wickedly black humour. With past works Mama Yankee and the Life Machine featuring the war between the eponymous meat pie factory owner and the Overland Vegetarian Resistance, We Outnumber You detailing an animal uprising at a zoo and The Meat on the Plate being fairly self explanatory, there’s also an outlying chance of his Series 11 episode exploring such issues for the first time since The Two Doctors.
As is so often the case, Doctor Who seems to have caught Hime at a pivotal career moment. He’s joined Doctor Who just as his career is set to explode to the next level. He has scripts for no less than seven post-Doctor Who series in development. Leading the way are Beauregard, a science fiction thriller about a young scientist returning to her isolated island home to confront the secrets of her own childhood, and Weird Blood for the BBC.
The adventure continues…
Doctor Who continues this Sunday at 6.30pm GMT on BBC One and at 8pm EST on BBC America with It Takes You Away by Ed Hime. For further broadcast times in your region, check local listings. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).
It Takes You Away guest stars Kevin Eldon (Ribbons) and Eleanor Wallwork (Hanne) and is directed by Jamie Childs.
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