From what I understand, we're going to get to hear a story that was the original planned ending of the series, not a continuation post the Series 5 finale. So the end The Confessions of Dorian Gray is still the actual end of the series. We're just getting a glimpse of what might have been. (Of course, there's nothing to say we can pretend it's the real last episode if we wish!)
Ah - thank you for the clarification I was always heartened by the 'Shades of Gray' episode, so we knew it wasn't the end of Dorian himself... I would have liked an 'official' resolution, but I'm so glad that we're getting more and an alternative ending is still a great bonus
I'm going to have to do a rationed re-listen, I think, over the next few months. I love the character of Dorian Gray and 'Confessions' is unbeatable so far as all the adaptations go!
Clocking in at just over 15 minutes, it's a brilliant snippet. Lovely haunting music, as always, and Vlahos does a good job of giving the other character in the scene a distinct voice. There's already hints of something unnatural going on, and I can't wait to hear the rest of it, and the other stories as well :3
Funny you should ask! I am currently re-listening to Matthew Waterhouse's readings of his own books. I'm doing "Blue Box Boy" at the moment, which is his account of his Adric days, told in the third person. I find his voice extremely warm and his performances are always very layered with lots of dialect and inflection changes and even sound effects. He does the garbled, static-y, unintelligible voice on the other end of a phone call particularly effectively and with hilarious results. I love his work as both an author and actor, and always find it ironic that I came to like his work not from "Doctor Who", but from "Dark Shadows"!
Anyway, this being a Dorian thread, I have also been getting my Alex Vlahos fix from catching up on the sumptuous and provocative TV series "Versailles", in which Alex is so heartbreakingly and maddeningly wonderful as "Monsieur" Philippe, the cross-dressing, pansexual, twice-married, soldier/warrior brother of Louis XIV. Of course, that one is a "watching", rather than a "listening"...which I just remembered after answering your original question!