The BBC has released the shortlist for this year’s BBC Audio Drama Awards and a few well known Doctor Who names and faces have been revealed to be among the nominees.
The awards are designed to not only give recognition to actors, sound designers, directors, writers and producers working within the medium but also pay tribute to the cultural importance that audio dramas play in the twenty first century. This is only the second time the audio awards have taken place; in its inaugural year of 2012 David Tennant won the title of best actor, quite right too.
This year’s Doctor Who related nominees include:
-Murray Gold is in The Tinniswood Radio Drama Award 2012 category for Best Radio Drama Script for Kafka The Musical, which also starred David Tennant (he gets around a bit doesn’t he?). Gold has been responsible for creating the soundtrack to Doctor Who since its return to television in 2005.
-David Troughton is in the Best Supporting Actor in an Audio Drama category for his performance in Singles and Doublets by Martyn Wade. Troughton is the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton and also appeared in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant for 2008’s Midnight. He also appeared in The Curse of Peladon (1972) and The War Games (1969).
-Fenella Woolgar is in the Best Actress in an Audio Drama category for her performance in An American Rose by Charlotte Jones. Woolgar is also a series four alumni after appearing as Agatha Christie in the Tenth Doctor 2008 adventure The Unicorn and the Wasp.
-Also, included in the Best Online Only Audio Drama is The Minister of Chance by Dan Freedman. This play is a spin off to the 2001 online only Doctor Who story Death Comes To Time starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Stephen Fry as the original Minister of Chance. This new spin off series (without Fry in the lead role this time) gathered positive reviews in 2012.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Sunday 27 January 2013 in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House in central London. The very best of luck to all the nominees!