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4/15/2004 02:34:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

Big Finish updated their website with some further details of coming releases, including the cover, cast and cover blurbs forMedicinal Purposes and The Harvest and the cover blurb for the forthcoming anthology Short Trips: Life Science, all below (click on the thumbnails for larger versions of the covers). Also in the news: the first of the four part Gallifrey series,Weapon of Choice is now out but there have been reports of faulty discs; see the Big Finish site for details about returning them for replacements. Big Finish also has trailers for all four Gallifrey audios.

The Harvest, by Dan Abnett

On the morning of October 12th, 2021 Hex woke up. He was expecting to go to work at St Gart's in London as normal and, that evening, have a great time in the bar of the White Rabbit, celebrating his 23rd birthday.

But after his ex-flatmate is wheeled into A&E following a bike accident, and the strange young woman from Human Resources tries to chat him up and an eight-foot tall guy in a Merc tries to run him down, Hex realises things are not going quite as he expected.

Then in a Shoreditch car park he meets the enigmatic Doctor who explains that he's an extra-terrestrial investigator and something very strange is going on up on the thirty-first floor of St Garts.

Therefore, aided and abetted by the Doctor and his other new friend 'Just McShane', Hex decides to investigate. Trouble is, everything that goes on at the hospital is being observed and noted by the occupants of the thirty-first floor. Occupants who are none too pleased that people are poking their noses into business that doesn't concern them. Occupants who will go extraordinary lengths to ensure that no one discovers the truth.

Starring Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Philip Olivier (Hex), with William Boyde (Subject One), Richard Derrington (Doctor Farrer), David Warwick (Garnier), Paul Lacoux (Doctor Mathias), Janie Booth (System), and Mark Donovan (Polk). Directed by Gary Russell.

Short Trips: Life Science

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?

Includes "The Changes" by Gareth Wigmore, "The End" by Alexander Leithes, "The Age of Ambition" by Andrew Campbell, "A Star is Reborn" by Richard Salter, "Mortal Thoughts" by Trevor Baxendale, "Sea Change" by Kate Orman, "Jonah" by Todd Green, "Observation" by Ian Farrington, "The Reproductive Cycle" by Matthew Griffiths, "Syntax" by David Bailey, "A Rose by any other name" by Jim Mortimore, "Sight Unseen" by John Seavey, "Land Land" by Jonathan Morris, "Northern Sights" by Mark Stevens, and "The Destroyers" by Steve Lyons.

Medicinal Purposes, by Robert Ross

Edinburgh, 1827. The infamous body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are at large. The local prostitutes dull their fear with cheap whisky. The graveyard owls are hooting. Business is good.

When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one of Britain's most lurid, illuminating chapters in history, a simple case of interest in the work of dedicated man of science Doctor Robert Knox, quickly turns sour.

Just what is that time bending Scots mist? What ever it is may put the very fabric of the universe under threat.

As always.

Starring Colin Baker (the Doctor) and Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe), with Leslie Phillips (Dr. Robert Knox), David Tennant (Daft Jamie), Glenna Morrison (Mary Patterson), Kevin O'Leaery (William Burke), Tom Farrelly (Billy Hare) and Janie Booth (Old Woman). Directed by Gary Russell.