Neil Gaiman presents an extra reading from With Great Pleasure at Christmas, exclusively online

For With Great Pleasure at Christmas, The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver writer Neil Gaiman is presenting some of the writings and pieces which inspired him as an author. He’s joined by Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi. The finished program is on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day. But before that, a special reading by Peter Capaldi has been put online – an extra bonus that won’t be in the finished program.

Writing on his Facebook page, Gaiman said:

“We recorded more than we could use for the With Great Pleasure that will go out on Christmas Day. So here is a small gift from me and the BBC and Peter Capaldi for you. I talk a little about the secret history of Sandman, and Peter will make the hairs rise on the back of your neck. And you can listen to it from anywhere in the world. Share it if you like it. It won’t be up for long. (And the show goes out in the uk on BBC Radio 4, at 7 am and 10pm on Xmas day.)”

"Be Kind", the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) final advance to his Thirteenth self. (c) BBC Studios
Former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi is one of the readers of With Great Pleasure at Christmas. (c) BBC Studios

Capaldi reads the spooky and dangerously beguiling poem The Magic Wood by Henry Treece, presented in his characteristic style.

You can listen to The Magic Wood on iPlayer here, wherever you are in the world, until the 18th of January.

And remember…

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


With Great Pleasure at Christmas, featuring Neil Gaiman, Peter Capaldi, Nina Sosanya (Fear Her), and Mitch Benn is on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day at 7am.



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