Doctor Who writer in Chichester

Author, playwright and Doctor Who scriptwriter Robert Shearman is the next guest at the University of Chichester as part of a series of events organised by the media and English departments.

Robert will be in conversation for the departments’ Presents series, with Alison Macleod and Adam Locks, on Wednesday, April 2 at Bishop Otter campus.

Professor Macleod explained: “Robert is well known in Doctor Who circles for writing the episode Dalek in 2005, which featured Christopher Eccelston in the lead role. It is widely regarded as a classic story from the re-launched series.

“An established theatrical playwright, he has worked with Alan Ayckbourn, had a play produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and has received several international awards for his work in theatre. He has also written six plays for BBC Radio 4 and also four collections of short stories.

“His association with Doctor Who began with a play written for BBV Audios, Punchline, in which Sylvester McCoy played the Dominie, a disguised version of the Seventh Doctor. Several audio plays for Big Finish followed, The Holy Terror, The Chimes of Midnight, and Jubilee, all winning best audio drama in the Doctor Who magazine polls of their respective years.

“Shearman wrote the television episode Dalek at the behest of producer Russell T Davies, who wanted a re-working of the themes introduced by Shearman’s earlier Big Finish audio play Jubilee. Meanwhile Dalek was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.”

Dr Locks said: “Robert is the latest in a series of celebrated writers who have come to the University to share their expertise with students and the wider community. We are absolutely delighted to have Robert visit us. What also makes this event special is that, for the first part of the evening, Professor Alison McLeod will interview Robert about the craft of writing, and then I will be exploring his television career with regard to Doctor Who.”

To reserve a place, contact Laura Brown on L.J.Brown@chi.ac.uk. There is no charge for the event, and people are welcome to turn up on the door, but the university ask people to reserve tickets if possible, just so they can get an idea of numbers.