The Last Day at Work review

First congratulations to writer Harry Draper for winning the 2018 Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity with his Second Doctor and Jamie story The Last Day at WorkIt’s a great little story and if you haven’t heard it, stop what you’re doing and download now. Did I mention it’s free?

What makes this story good? Let’s chat…

The Last Day at Work

The synopsis gives a sense of things to come:

Constable Bernard Whittam is in for a special evening. Finally retiring from a lifetime in the police force, he’s celebrating with friends, family and the woman he loves. It’s all perfect. Apart from the noise in his head, the wheezing, groaning noise that has haunted his entire life. That and the unusual gatecrashers.

It’s going to be a night to remember…

Bernard is on his leaving do in the pub when two unusual people arrive, the Doctor and Jamie. What seems like a pleasant evening slowly unfolds into something else, and it’s to Harry Draper’s credit this is nothing obvious. Instead it’s a simple idea drawing on the show’s deepest identity. It’s well written and performed by Nick Briggs. New producer Alfie Shaw also directs and the result is a charming if bitter-sweet tale of an ordinary bloke looking forward to the rest of his life in retirement. If only the Doctor hadn’t arrived…

To say more would be to spoil it but I will jus say The Last at Work joins the ranks of Paul Spragg Opportunity winners with flying colours.

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