Scripts

Audio Drama

UNIT – The New Series: Invocation

(starring Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver and James Joyce) Series 5 Episode 2, Big Finish, available November 2017 on CD & Download

It’s Hallowe’en, and Josh finds himself at a party where phantoms are becoming all too real. Osgood is working late and hears a voice from the skies making strange incantations. The next day, Kate has gone missing in the Scottish Borders, and the team head north to investigate. Ghosts from the past are haunting UNIT, and now they threaten the whole world…


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The Omega Factor: The Changeling

(starring Louise Jameson and John Dorney) Series 2 Episode 2, Big Finish, available April 2017 on CD & Download.

Adam takes on a risky assignment, going undercover inside Tollmire Prison as a murderer’s cellmate. But when the lights go out in these corridors, something else lurks in the darkness. Something that kills.

As Anne tries to unlock decades-old secrets, she discovers that some who believe in the folklore of faeries and changelings will take their faith to terrible extremes.

Reviews:

“Tense, thrilling and nail biting…” 10/10 Series Review (Planet Mondas)

“For me this is the darkest story of the set. Roy Gill spins a tale which turns on old superstitions and prejudice…” 8/10 Series Review (Indie Mac User)

“Events take a darker turn still in Roy Gill’s disturbing and claustrophobic prison story The Changeling, in which Adam goes undercover as an inmate to share a cell with the volatile lifer Alasdair Reiver. The jail scenes make for intense listening, but the most blood-chilling moments come from the prejudice and superstition Anne uncovers in family relationships outside the prison walls…” 9/10 Series Review (Starburst Magazine)

“Really captivating from its opening moments… ” 8/10 Series Review (Blogtor Who)

“a terrific continuation of the original show.” 9/10 (Sci-Fi Bulletin)


The Confessions of Dorian Gray: Angel of War

dorian-square_cover_large(starring Alexander Vlahos, Daniel Brocklebank, Samuel Barnett and Steven Cree) Series 5 Episode 2, Big Finish, available October 2016 on CD & download.

France, 1915. In the trenches of the Great War, Lieutenant Dorian Gray reports to Captain James Anderson, shortly before a routine mission into No Man’s Land. His comrades rely on their faith to get them through – but is there any truth behind the story of the legendary Angel of Mons…?

Reviews:

” A tale of honour, passion, friendship and loyalty, it explores the brutality of conflict and the myths and legends, true or not, that soldiers tell themselves (and which, in turn, gradually become folklore) in order to try and get though, and make sense of, the horrors that they’re forced to witness daily in the theatre of war…” (Mass Movement)

“In a year of outstanding releases from Big Finish [Dorian Gray Series 5] is one of the very best and a strong contender for my release of the year…” (Planet Mondas)

“…an encounter of a different kind, one that humanises the monster that is Dorian in contrast to the Great War that rages in the background.” 10/10 Series Review (Starburst Magazine)

“These three stories represent some of the greatest writing the series has ever seen and are just absolutely perfect to listen to…” (Totally Big Finish)

“The mood changes in Roy Gill’s tender and moving story Angel of War, setting Dorian in the trenches and charts his love affair with James Anderson…” 5/5 Series review. (Cultbox) No.4 in Cultbox’s Top 10 Big Finish Audios of 2016


Dark Shadows: 50th Anniversary Special – Blood & Fire

bloodfire_image_largeA two-hour adventure celebrating 50 years of Dark Shadows, available June 2016 on CD & download from Big Finish

“Some are born with magic, some acquire magic, and others have magic thrust upon them…”

The year is 1767. Young widow Laura Murdoch Stockbridge is to marry Joshua Collins, heir to the Collins fortune. Meanwhile, Joshua’s sister Abigail is in love with disreputable sailor Abraham Harkaway. But the course of true love never did run smooth… especially when the witch Angélique Bouchard is around. For Angélique has been sent back in time. And she has one mission… To destroy the Collins family forever.

Reviews:

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“Blood and Fire is arguably the purest distillation of Dark Shadows since the show went off the air on 2 April, 1971. Maybe it’s the welcome use of composer Robert Cobert’s iconic incidental music; maybe it’s the way characters do the wrong thing for entirely the right reason; maybe it’s the combination of Gill’s tightly-knit writing and the Colonial Gothic setting. Whatever the reason, the result is sublime, tragic and triumphant. 10/10” (Sci-Fi Bulletin)

Gothic, romantic and thrilling, a period piece that goes back to the beginning whilst setting the tone for a new beginning, the blood pumps and the Phoenix rises and I award this sumptuous celebration 9/10” (Planet Mondas)

Blood & Fire is Dark Shadows in microcosm. There’s a careful reverence to DARK SHADOWS: BLOOD & FIRE that falls somewhere on the spectrum between alchemy and magic… There’s genuine love and affection on display here, plus a superstitious attention to detail that is almost frightening. There are so many layers that we might be discussing this story for years to come…” (Collinsport Historical Society)

“The story is about these three passionate, haunted, doomed women — Angelique, Laura and Abigail — as they flirt and scream and rage, and create the Dark Shadows that we know… Blood & Fire doesn’t just sound like Dark Shadows, it’s telling a story that Dark Shadows can tell — about money and love and terrible choices, about mistakes and murder, and most of all, about interesting people standing around in rooms, saying horrible things to each other.

With Blood & Fire, [Big Finish]’ve done something that I don’t think anyone else has managed, in the last 45 years. They’ve made more Dark Shadows…” (Dark Shadows Every Day)

No single story sums up the series as well as this one does. Simply put, it captures everything the series is about: family dynamics, the supernatural, and the corruption that comes with wealth and power.” (Warped Factor)

Podcast: go behind the scenes on Blood & Fire.


The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Enigma of Dorian Gray

dorian4_cover_large(starring Alexander Vlahos and Anthony Howell) Series 4 Episode 1, Big Finish, available November 2015 on CD & download.

Salford, 1968. Dorian returns to one of his former universities, having been summoned by his old friend, Adam Notting. Instead, he is greeted by BEAUTY: the product of Notting’s research into artificial intelligence. But is BEAUTY all it seems to be? And what of the BEAST…?

Reviews:

“As the story unwinds it asks some deep questions about Dorian’s nature… much credit to Gill for a clever story with a great title.” (Cultbox, 5/5 series review)

“Roy Gill works up an unusually modern mystery, all too appropriate for a digital age…” (Third Eye Cinema)

“If you’re looking for well-written, incredibly well performed drama that’s a little out of left field, then you’ve come to the right place, because ‘The Confessions of Dorian Gray’ has all of that in spades, and a great deal more besides.” (Mass Movement)


Iris Wildthyme – Reloaded: Oracle of the Supermarket

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Cassie Burdock works on the till in the local branch of Fergusons. She thinks she’s nothing special, that she’s just like everyone else… until one day, she finds that she can predict the future with unnerving accuracy.

Reviews:

“Iris and Edwin come face to face with… a most unexpected, unwanted and ancient presence while shopping for a bargain or two… Each and every one of the writers involved [in Wildthyme Reloaded] delivers a top-notch tale” (Doctor Who Magazine)


Dark Shadows PanicDark Shadows: Panic

(starring David Selby and Susan Sullivan) Big Finish, available May 2015 on CD & download.

“The further into the antique shop she explored, the darker it seemed to get, until Lela couldn’t see the walls at all…”

Lela Quick is a busy woman. She’s got essays to mark, journals to edit, books to write…But every night she is tormented by the same dream: a nightmare of pursuit through a dark forest, the air filled with haunting music. A chance meeting with Quentin Collins, the enigmatic owner of Pandemonium Antiques, adds to her growing sense of unease. Soon both their lives are in danger – – if they can’t escape the panic…

Reviews:

The story is written like a 1930s screwball comedy, with a fast-talking dame and the guy she despises, cracking wise and falling for each other as they get themselves into and out of some ridiculous jam…  Panic is a Dark Shadows story, and it’s a really good one.” (Danny Horn, Dark Shadows Every Day)

“Panic is a decent [Dark Shadows] debut for horror novelist/Dorian Gray scribe Roy Gill, who populates his story with memorable characters…” (Sci-Fi Bulletin)

“On the surface, Panic is a rollercoaster ride through nightmarish settings and environments but underneath there’s a touching love story – the best of both worlds… highly recommended.” (Kroagnon)

“A Quentin Collins story again and a rather sweet one… a dark fairy tale in a Pan’s Labyrinth meets Narnia sort of way – has to be heard to be appreciated.” (Picked as one of Planet Mondas‘s Top Five Dark Shadows Dramatic Readings)

“Sullivan is hilarious as she plays this cocky, well-assured, empowered woman whose life suddenly turns an about-face into the unknown… Seeing the process is all part of the fun and the horror of the story… Great script, excellent actors, and an engaging performance. A must-have for all Dark Shadows fans.” (Amazon.com review – Velma Mae)

“Roy Gill weaves a wonderful tale of mystery, secrets, and forgotten pasts, and he even integrates some long forgotten mythology…” 10/10 (Reading is fun, not mental)

Some listener reviews from GallifreyBase & Big Finish forums collected here


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The Confessions of Dorian Gray: We are Everywhere

(starring Alexander Vlahos and Blake Ritson) Series 3 Episode 3, Big Finish, available November 2014 on CD & download.

When a serial-killing stalker discovers the truth about Dorian and his immortality, a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues…

Reviews:

“This cat and mouse game between Dorian and Luke is another example of this series at its peak: uncomfortable, thought provoking and bolstered by fantastic performances: 9/10″ (Doc Oho Reviews)

“Roy Gill’s We Are Everywhere places Dorian at the hands of a serial killer who can now practise his art on a man who always returns to life, and therefore who will never involve the authorities. The eight plays combine an ingeniousness of plot and of resolution, making the entire experience surprising and rewarding in equal measure.” (Starburst Magazine, 9/10 series review)


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(starring Alexander Vlahos, Daniel Brocklebank, Rhys Jennings and Paul Clayton) Halloween Special, Big Finish, available Oct 2013 as download / also available as part of the Complete Series 1 & 2 CD box set.

Edinburgh, 1920. Seizing upon the possibility of a reunion with his closest comrade from the trenches, Dorian arrives in the capital city of Scotland on Halloween! Guisers are out in force, disapproving gentlemen walk the streets… and a sinister department store has a great deal more on offer than it might initially advertise.

Big Finish press release / My blog about the recording can be read here 

Reviews:

“Loved this story… The romance is enduring, and the surrounding mystery is engrossing and creepy, and more importantly, isn’t easily guessable from the starting blocks. Plus sexy Scottish Dorian.” (Matthew Bright)

“Trapped in a dying man’s body while his own is taken by a body-hopping fellow immortal, can Dorian reverse the switch before it’s too late? …Roy Gill has worked up a clever, appropriately eerie variation on a hoary concept: the fact that you can never go back again, particularly in terms of relationships…” (Third Eye Cinema)