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3/10/2004 11:43:00 pm - Reported by Shaun Lyon


March 10, 2004  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish has some further confirmations of developments in 2004. First, their official site now confirms the stories Outpost Gallifrey has previously reported on, including Medicinal Purposes by Robert Ross (August) and Dead Man's Hand by John Ostrander (September). Also confirmed are the contents of Short Trips: Life Science edited by John Binns (May) and Short Trips: Repercussions edited by Gary Russell (June) plus announcement of Short Trips: Monsters edited by Ian Farrington (August). Meanwhile, cover blurbs and details are available now, below, for the May release Arrangements for War and the four-part Gallifrey audio miniseries, with news of guest appearances by three former Doctor Who actors: Gabriel Woolf (Sutekh from "Pyramids of Mars") in "Arrangements", and Susan Engel (Vivian Fay in "The Stones of Blood") and David Warwick (Kimus in "The Pirate Planet") in "Gallifrey" part 4. Click on the thumbnail covers for a larger version of each.

Arrangements for War, by Paul Sutton

Onboard the TARDIS, nerves are strained. After escaping the Forge and the murderous clutches of Nimrod, the Doctor and Evelyn have things to talk about. The Doctor's attitude towards death is a subject that these days is too close to Evelyn's heart, and eventually she demands to be set down somewhere where she can be free of him for a while.

And so they come to Vilßg, where the Doctor's meddling lands him in the middle of a truly dangerous liaison and Evelyn meets a man who wants to change the course of her life forever. Love is everywhere. But then war is too.

Is it time for Evelyn to leave the Doctor? Or is the choice about to be taken out of her hands? And who is to say what is the beginning and what is the end of love?

Starring Colin Baker (the Doctor) and Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe) with Gabriel Woolf (Governor Rossiter), Philip Bretherton (Plenipotentiary Suskind), Geoffrey Leesley (Paramount Minister Mortund), Katarina Olsson (Princess Krisztina), Lewis Rae (Corporal Reid) and Kraig Thornber (Commander Pokol). Directed by Gary Russell; due May 2004.

Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice, by Alan Barnes

The Time Lords of Gallifrey were the first to map the Web of Time. Now, under the reforming gaze of President Romanadvoratrelundar, the oldest civilisation is ready to shed its monopoly, sharing its secrets with a coalition of the Temporal Powers... the Monan Host, the Nekkistani and the Warpsmiths of Phaidon among them.

But the coalition is a fragile one, and despised in some quarters. When a team of Time Technology Assessors makes a horrific discovery on the barren moon of Kikrit, it seems their enemies are arming themselves to strike at the alliance. Has a terrorist group really acquired a temporal weapon so terrible the Time Lords forgot about its existence?

In search of the truth, Romana sends the woman called Leela and the robot dog K-9 to the enclave of Gryben, a reception centre for temporal refugees. But the truth is war's first casualty and the fallout could destroy them all...

Starring Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Miles Richardson (Cardinal Braxiatel) and Lynda Bellingham (Inquisitor Darkel), with Sean Carlsen (Coordinator Narvin), Andy Coleman (Commander Torvald), Hugo Myatt (Arkadian), Helen Goldwyn (Nepenthe), Daniel Hogarth (Ba'aruk), Stephen Mansfield (Scragbite) and Trevor Littledale (Outsider). Directed by Gary Russell; due late March 2004.

Gallifrey: Square One, by Stephen Cole

In a climate of unease and mistrust, the great time-travelling powers of the universe are holding an historic temporal summit. The meeting will take place on a planetoid impervious to outside attack or internal subversion in any way.

But while President Romana walks a knife-sharp political tightrope into dangerous territory, Leela and K9 find themselves attending the summit in unexpected roles. They are hunting for evidence of Free Time activity, but find instead terrors of a different kind time and time again.

What impossibilty stalks the planetoid? Who is manipulating time? Can Leela and Romana discover the truth or will they find themselves sent back to square one for all eternity?

Starring Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9) and Miles Richardson (Cardinal Braxiatel), with Sean Carlsen (Coordinator Narvin), Jane Goddard (Liaison Officer Hossak), Lucy Campbell (Baano), Daniel Hogarth (Flinkstab) and Daniel Barzotti (V'rell). Directed by Gary Russell; due April 2004.

Gallifrey: The Inquiry, by Justin Richards

President Romana has been called to account for her actions. But the only evidence that she has responded to a real and present danger has disappeared. To clear her good name she is dependent on the testimony of the very people who want to see her publically humiliated and her power removed.

While Leela tries to discover truths of her own, Romana is forced into an uneasy truce with her rivals at the CIA. But at least she can be sure the inquiry will be handled in a fair and proper manner. Or can she? When the investigation itself triggers danger and time is quite literally running out for all of Gallifrey's power and knowledge, just who can Romana trust?

Starring Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Miles Richardson (Cardinal Braxiatel) and Lynda Bellingham (Inquisitor Darkel), with Sean Carlsen (Coordinator Narvin), Andy Coleman (Commander Torvald), Daniel Hogarth (Glower), Stephen Mansfield (Glower's Technician) and Trevor Littledale (Archivist). Directed by Gary Russell; due April 2004.

Gallifrey: A Blind Eye, by Alan Barnes

Earth, September 1939. With Europe sliding into war, a young Englishwoman, her loyalties torn, comes to a terrible decision. But what does the intergalactic secrets broker Mephistopheles Arkadian want with the fascist sympathiser Cecilia 'Sissy' Pollard on the last day of her life?

Still searching for the facts about the Gryben debacle, President Romana makes a deal with the devil. So begins a chain of consequence that can only end in tragedy for the passengers aboard the Vienna to Calais Transcontinental Express, the woman called Leela included.

By journey's end, the truth will out but at what cost to Romana and Leela? To Gallifrey's empire, even?

Starring Lalla Ward (Romana), Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Miles Richardson (Cardinal Braxiatel), Susan Engel (Ms. Joy), David Warwick (Erich) and India Fisher (Cecelia Pollard), with Sean Carlsen (Coordinator Narvin), Andy Coleman (Commander Torvald), Hugo Myatt (Arkadian) and Daniel Hogarth (Waiter). Directed by Gary Russell; due May 2004.

Short Trips: Life Science, edited by John Binns

Once, we believed our lives were sacred, that we had souls. Now we know we are mere machines; genetic data. We are science.

But even as we learn, the properties of life remain uncertain. How does life acquire consciousness, or rights? Does a robot dream? If a person transforms into an oak tree, is it science, or the work of gods? Did the Victorians find a way to resurrect the dead?

To science, such questions are invitations to explore. Who better to explore with, than the Doctor?

Featuring stories by Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, Jonathan Morris, Jim Mortimore, Steve Lyons and more!

Dalek Empire: The Scripts

All eight scripts from Big Finish's acclaimed Dalek Empire and Dalek War audio dramas. The scripts include cut scenes and alternative dialogue, and are fully annotated. Also including: a foreword by actor Mark McDonnell, who played Alby Brook in the series; exclusive in-depth interviews with writer/director Nicholas Briggs which go behind the scenes on the writing process; original archive documents, outlines, character biographies and a sneak peek at Dalek Empire III. Due in May 2004.