Toby Hadoke

Sunday, 06 November 2011 18:34

Toby Hadoke has been a stand-up comedian for over 15 years, and is the man behind the impressive Doctor Who homage “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf” theatre tours and radio specials.

On the acting front, television appearances include Holby City, Coronation Street, Casualty 1907, Shameless, Building The Titanic, The Forsyte Saga, and Phoenix Nights.

He has featured on several DVD commentaries for 2 Entertain as a moderator, prodding and prompting various Doctor Who luminaries from the early years of the show, as they make observations about the classic episodes they are watching. The Doctor Who range of DVDs features a wealth of extra material and some incredibly skilful restoration.

In the realm of DVD documentaries, Toby can be seen chatting to various actors from the Doctor Who release “Resurrection Of The Daleks”, which is only available as part of the “Revisitations 2” box set. It benefits from some candid chat from Roger Davenport, Del Henney, Leslie Grantham, Jim Findley and William Sleigh.

He is also asked to go on the radio a lot to say amusing things. On three sustained stints covering several months, Toby deputised for regular host (and ‘Voice of the Daleks’) Nick Briggs as the voice of “The 7th Dimension” on BBC Radio 7 (now known as Radio 4 extra). He has been heard on “Loose Ends”, BBC GMR Live Election Coverage, “Late Night Currie”, Steven Nolan, Phil Williams, Richard Bacon, Anita Anand (all Five Live), “Spanking New” (BBC Radio 7), “Michelle Around Midnight” (guest and co-presenter, BBC GMR), “The Allan Beswick Show” (guest presenter, BBC GMR), “The Fred MacAulay Show” (BBC Radio Scotland), and Justin Moorehouse (Key 103).

He has the honour of being the resident compere at the multi-award winning “XS Malarkey” comedy club in Fallowfield, Manchester since 1997. He also hosts “New Stuff” at The Comedy Store in Manchester every fortnight, and filled a similar role at “The Limelight” comedy club in Crewe for a number of years. You can see him every Wednesday at “The 99 Club” in Leicester Square, but he doesn’t just play MC, and has headlined gigs nationwide.

He has performed regularly at “Robin Ince’s Book Club” and “Robin Ince’s School for Gifted Children”, appeared alongside Marcus Brigstocke, Phill Jupitus, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Hattie Hayridge in the ‘improv’ tour “Totally Looped” and was one of “The Unbroadcastable Radio Show” topical sketch group at The Comedy Store every month between 2003-2009. He also does ‘after dinner’ speaking and TV Warm-Up.

Mad Norwegian Press is releasing a three volume trawl through the entire history of Doctor Who, which Toby has written with popular Doctor Who TV script and audio writer Robert Shearman. “Running Through Corridors” evolved throughout Doctor Who’s ‘gap year’ in 2009, and features the duo seeking to rediscover what they loved about a batty kids’ science fiction show, starting with the first two episodes on New Year’s Day, and culminating with David Tennant’s swansong exactly one year later. Volume One concentrated on the 1960s, and Volume Two, covering the 1970s, is due soon.

To conclude, here’s just a couple of pertinent quotes about Toby:

“Very, very funny” - The Guardian.

“Hadoke’s a charming, self-aware guide with a witty touch, eloquent about expressing his opinions - and especially forthright when getting swept away with his arguments” – Chortle.

Visit Toby’s website at www.tobyhadoke.com

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