The winning drama is Absent Friends, the opening installment of Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 3. Written by John Dorney, the audio play stars Paul McGann, Hattie Morahan and Nicola Walker, and is directed by Ken Bentley.
Producer David Richardson says of the win:
"I’ve always been very proud of Absent Friends - I thought John’s script was exceptional, and Paul, Nicola and Hattie and the whole cast performed it just beautifully. Benji Clifford and Jamie Robertson did such gorgeous sound design and music, and Ken’s direction (as always) was note perfect. It has always felt like a magnificent team effort.The BBC Audio Drama Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field. This year's ceremony took place last night in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London, and was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and Director of BBC Radio Bob Shennan.
"I was pleased for John most of all. We all put everything we can muster into these productions, but he went one step further and channelled his grieving and his loss for his late father. The result was a script that left me sobbing after I first read it, and - from what I’ve seen - that’s how everyone else has reacted to it too."
[Source: Big Finish]