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Drama Showcase: Unintelligent Design by Geoffrey Beevers

01/08/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Big Finish. 1 CDs 60 minute story. Price: CD: GBP 9.99 (UK), Download: GBP 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-555-6. cast: Geoffrey Beevers, Toby Hadoke and Daisy Ashford.

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In a play not quite unrelated to the Big Finish output, this drama considers the possibility of creation as an endless science experiment crossed with a reality show. The Temple Nobleton Prize is highly sought after and students spend years perfecting their universes only to be cruelly voted off by an uncaring multiverse.

As the play opens, a student is seeking to explain to explain about his project. He wants to tell his tutor why the monkeys on his planet are special and why he should be allowed to intervene to save them. He’s practically distraught about his assignment and what follows is a humorous debate about design versus evolution. It covers lots of the arguments posited by creationists and the atheists, for and against the existence of an intelligent designer.

The professor is symbolically played by the drama’s own creator, Geoffrey Beevers, and his student by Toby Hadoke (the creator of ‘Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf’). There are interjections by the director Lisa Bowerman, who plays the host of the competition, and by Evie, the PHD student who is helping out. She is played by Daisy Ashford, who also happens to be the daughter of Beevers and Doctor Who companion, Caroline John.

If the rampant atheism of Richard Dawkins sounds like an unedifying material for drama, you couldn’t be more wrong. The extended conceit of this impossible situation is taken to its ultimate conclusion. It reminded me of the very best of Douglas Adams, delivered with a straight-face and a little bit of mischief. It’s really enjoyable and is definitely more fun than attempting Dawkins book, ‘The Selfish Gene.’

Sue Davies

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