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8/06/2003 01:59:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

August 6, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish has issued some new details on upcoming releases. First, the cover illustration and cast list for the forthcoming story Master by Joseph Lidster has been announced; in addition to Sylvester McCoy as the seventh Doctor, the news report confirms the participation of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master (reprising his role from the televised story "The Keeper of Traken" as the decaying Master). Also making a guest appearance in the story (as Victor Schaeffer) is Philip Madoc, among whose many Doctor Who roles over the years was as the War Chief in "The War Games" and as Dr. Mehendri Solon in "The Brain of Morbius". The story also features Anne Ridler (as Jacqueline Schaeffer), Charlie Hayes (as Jade) and Daniel Barzotti (as the Man). Click on the cover illustration at right for a larger version of this cover. Meanwhile, full details about the long-awaited The Inside Story, the hardcover book on the making of the Doctor Who audio adventures, have been announced; the 224-page book, by Benjamin Cook, will be released in November. The press release is below. Also below is the press release for Doctor Who: The Scripts Volume 3 due out later in 2003, featuring the scripts for Marc Platt's "Spare Parts," Nicholas Pegg's "The Spectre of Lanyon Moor," Joseph Lidster's "The Rapture" and Rob Shearman's "The Chimes of Midnight". Finally, now available are both the audio story Flip-Flop by Jonathan Morris (starring Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and Trevor Martin) and the hardcover Doctor Who: The Scripts Volume 2 featuring the full scripts for "The Eye of the Scorpion" by Iain McLaughlin, "The One Doctor" by Clayton Hickman and Gareth Roberts, "Dust Breeding" by Mike Tucker, and "Seasons of Fear" by Paul Cornell & Caroline Symcox. (Thanks to Big Finish)

THE INSIDE STORY by Benjamin Cook

A no-holds-barred account of the making of every Big Finish Doctor Who story from 1999's The Sirens of Time to 2003's anniversary special Zagreus, taking in special releases, the Doctor Who Unbound series, Dalek Empire and Sarah Jane Smith along the way.

With interviews with over 100 actors, writers, directors, producers and contributors, plus scores of previously unseen photographs, The New Audio Adventures The Inside Story takes you behind the scenes on the production of every Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventure.

New facts, figures and trivia tell the story of the range, alongside never-before-published missing scenes, candid reminiscences from all the major players and exclusive excerpts from original archive documents.

Featuring a foreword from Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies.


Since 1999, Big Finish Productions have produced regular, fully-licensed ongoing audio adventures for the Doctor and his companions on CD. Each four-part story stars members of the original Doctor Who cast in brand-new adventures through time and space.

Presented in this book are the original scripts for four of Big Finish's most popular stories.

Representing the Fifth Doctor adventures, starring Peter Davison, comes Spare Parts, written by Marc Platt and focussing on the eary days of the Doctor's old foes, the Cybermen.

Colin Baker featured in Nicholas Pegg's The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, featuring the long-awaited first meeting between the Sixth Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as played by Nicholas Courtney.

From the Seventh Doctor run, with Sylvester McCoy, is The Rapture by Joseph Lidster, set around the hedonistic clublands of Ibizia.

Rounding this collection off is The Chimes of Midnight, an eeries thriller featuring the Eighth Doctor and Charley penned by Robert Shearman.

This collection also features a number of deleted scenes, observations by the writers and directors, script annotations, alternative episode scripts, original outlines and other features!