Forge Student at Doctor Who Audio Recording

A student at a Cradley Heath school was treated to an out of this world experience at an audio recording session of the iconic BBC show Doctor Who.

Ormiston Forge Academy sixth form student, Harry Smith worked as a runner and did some vocal tracks in London after making contact with audio production company Big Finish.

The recording starred Peter Davison who played the Fifth Doctor on BBC One from 1981 until 1984. Peter is a familiar face on television starring in, amongst other things, All Creatures Great and Small, A Very Peculiar Practice, Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites, The Last Detective and Law & Order: UK. The production also starred Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton and Matthew Waterhouse, who were all companions of the Fifth Doctor.

Director, Barnaby Edwards, said: “It’s a measure of how good Harry was in the studio that I completely took him for granted after about 10 minutes! He seemed to fit in incredibly well. I asked him to join us on the wildtracks because it simply never occurred to me that he wasn’t part of the team.

It’s a tribute to Harry that the cast instantly took to him. He can be rightly proud of himself.”

For nearly twenty years Big Finish has been best known for their Doctor Who ranges of plays but they also produce a wide range of audio dramas featuring the characters from Sherlock Holmes, The Prisoner, The Avengers, Blake’s 7, Survivors, Torchwood and others.

Andrew Burns, principal at Ormiston Forge Academy, said: “We try to give our students a line of sight into career pathways they are interested in. I can’t thank Big Finish and the team enough for this experience and for taking time with a young person and helping to nurture his dream. The legacy of a visit such as this has far reaching consequences.

Harry picked his A level results up over the summer and starts the University of Worcester soon to study drama and performance. He described the day as the best ever and added: “It’s given me a real taste for the profession, I want to be an actor and I learnt so much from everyone during the day. It was an incredible experience.

Harry will be credited as a Runner on the audio release when it appears on general sale in 2018.
















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