For the DWPA – 2011 Chicago TARDIS Big Finish Companion Interview with Richard Dinnick

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A Doctor Who Podcast Alliance interview with Doctor Who writer Richard Dinnick from the 2011 Chicago TARDIS having taken place Thanksgiving weekend in the United States, November 25-27, 2011 at the Westin Lombard Hotel at Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.


Dr. Phillip W. Serna (Adventures in Time Space and Music)

CHICAGO TARDIS 2011 – November 25-27, 2011 at the Westin Lombard Hotel at Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.

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ABOUT YOUR HOST – DR. PHILL: My name is Dr. Phillip Serna – you can call me Dr. Phill as many of my colleagues, friends and students do. I’m a performer and teacher here in the Chicago area where I received my Master & Doctoral degrees in Music at Northwestern University. On double bass I perform solo, chamber, orchestral and contemporary literature. I am also a performer of Early Music on viols – or violas da gamba – a family of bowed guitars that were popular in Europe from the 15th through the late 18th centuries.

On double bass, I perform with many ensembles including the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Northshore Camerata, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. In Early Music, I regularly perform on violas da gamba (treble viol, tenor viol and bass viol), period double bass/ violone and vielle with modern orchestras such as the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as with period instrument ensembles such as Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, the Callipygian Players, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Duo fantaisie en Echo, the Madison Bach Musicians, the Newberry Consort, the Oriana Singers, the Second City Musick, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, the Third Coast Viols and many others. In performance, I’ve appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio. My Early Music Outreach program ‘Viols in Our Schools’ was the recipient of the 2010 Early Music America Outreach Award, which honors ensembles or individual artists for excellence in early music outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults. For more information, visit or

ABOUT OUR SERIES GUEST – RICHARD DINNICK: Richard Dinnick is a British writer, who has written for many media including novels, audio dramas, short stories and comic strips. He works in the science-fiction, fantasy and thriller genres. He has written for several science-fiction franchises including Doctor Who, Stargate, Sapphire & Steel and Space 1889. He is also currently developing several TV ideas – one in conjunction with BBC Writers’ Room.

Richard Dinnick started his writing career on the local newspaper, Esher News and Mail in 1986. He then specialised in business journalism, working on publications such as Director (the magazine published by the Institute of Directors) and Real Business as part of their editorial teams. In the late 90s, he moved onto Internet Magazine. During this time he appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes as well as newspapers and industry web sites talking about internet-related matters. He was also shortlisted for the PPA’s PTC New Journalist of the Year Award in 1999. Later, he would go onto work on the City Desk of the Sunday Express and chair the Government Committee on Web Design Best Practice in 2002/3.

Richard’s first fiction was a short story for the production company and publisher, Big Finish Productions – aa Doctor Who anthology called Short Trips: Solar System, for which he contribute the story “Neptune.” In addition to working for Big Finish as a writer, researcher, editor and producer, Richard has just finished his first original, fantasy novel about the world of dreams and nightmares, Dreamstorm, which is with his agents, Blake Friedmann.

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