“It's been an absolute joy to come and do this,” says Arthur Darvill, “I finished Doctor Who a couple of weeks ago so it's been really nice to get my teeth into something different.”
The following details come courtesy of Big Finish News:
The story, set in 1855, features the arrival in Collinsport of a circus. When sinister clown Benji (Antonio Rastelli) breaks into Collinwood, Tad has to join forces with the tattooed lady, Marie (Katharine Mangold), to discover what it is Benji wants. However, the spoilt, drunken Tad and the no-nonsense Marie don't exactly see eye-to-eye.
“Writing for Tad was a brilliant challenge,” says writer and director Scott Handcock, “because we only ever saw him as a boy in the original series. Extrapolating how those events affected him at the time, and how they shaped his personality as an adult, has allowed us to tell a story with a character unlike any other in the series. He's a perfect Dark Shadows antihero!”
“We've always wanted to explore some of the lesser-known characters in Dark Shadows,” says producer Joseph Lidster, “and what Scott's done is fantastic. He's considered what it must have been like to grow up in a house where your relatives were constantly plotting against each other, using supernatural artefacts – with some of them even committing murder. It was Scott who suggested the casting of Arthur and, after recently seeing him inDoctor Faustus at the Globe, I knew he'd be perfect as the emotionally damaged Tad. The other great thing about characters like Tad is that their stories are so open-ended. There's no guarantee he'll make it to the end of Speak No Evil in one piece.”
Arthur Darvill will return in Doctor Who this Autumn for 5 episodes in Series 7.