MarkWHO42 – Episode 233 – Still Life

This week we focus on Big Finish Productions’ writing competition called the Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity 2019. It is in honor of the late Paul Spragg who was a very valued employee at the company until his death in 2014.

In 2016, this contest started where fans are asked to write a single page synopsis and a single page opening of the story itself. That’s about 500 words for each page to start. The due date for this 4th year of the competition is on June 30th, 2019. But there are guidelines to follow and can be found at Big Finish Productions Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity Rules so make sure you read them.

As our guest on this special episode of MarkWHO42 we have Max Curtis, who entered the contest 2 years ago and became a runner-up. But even though usually only the winner gets to write their story for an audio adventure, his was so good that Big Finish hired him to complete his story and it’s being released as a subscriber special alongside June’s Main Range story “An Alien Werewolf in London”. The Short Trips adventure is called “Still Life” and features the characters of The Third Doctor and Jo Grant and in our opinion is utterly amazing and emotional.

To get this audio, you must subscribe to the Main Range line at Big Finish and make sure story #252 is included, or you will have to wait a year or two until it’s separately released but listen to us… don’t wait. Go to Big Finish now… well after you listen to the episode of MarkWHO42 of course!

MarkWHO42! Where Max Curtis gets you to enter the Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips Opportunity!


Mark Baumgarten is an old school Whovian who hosts and runs the award-winning Doctor Who online radio show and podcast MarkWHO42. He became a fan in 1978 and worked on several of the Omnicon Conventions in South Florida back in the 1980's. With an accumulated knowledge of Who-lore as well as Science Fiction in general, he needed to share it with the world. In 2010 he started markwho42 Books selling Doctor Who books online and at conventions and in 2012 started the show MarkWHO42 and has been invited as a guest panelist at conventions around the country. He definitely puts the "Mark" in MarkWHO42!

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