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10/23/2011 06:35:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

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Pamela Salem, Hugh Ross, Simon Williams, Karen Gledhill
Big Finish have announced a new spin-off from Doctor Who based on characters from the Seventh Doctor adventure Remembrance of the Daleks: Counter-Measures will be a four-part series of hour-long episodes based around a new specialist group formed by the British Government in 1964 to investigate unexplained phenomena and dangerous new technology, leading on from the RAF Regiment's encounter with the Daleks some months beforehand.

The series will see all three lead actors reprising their roles from the original 1988 story, Simon Williams as Captain Gilmore, Pamela Salem as Rachel Jensen, and Karen Gledhill as Allison; the latter said of the new series:
Remembrance of the Daleks was one of the first television productions I ever took part in back in 1988, so it was a very exciting event for me. I couldn’t believe I was working with the likes of Simon Williams, Pamela Salem and Sylvester McCoy! It turned out to be the best possible introduction to team playing on television as we spent eight weeks together in the studio and on location and had a really fantastic time.

I had no idea that 23 years on the story would still be so popular, and that some of us would be getting together again to recreate our characters and tell another story! I love the new scripts – Allison has really come into her own in these stories, and I am looking forward to meeting her again and having fun with her. The best bit will be being back in my 20s!

The Counter-Measures team will be joined by Toby Kinsella, their liaison with Whitehall; the character is played by Hugh Ross. Alastair Mackenzie also features as Julian St Stephen, Allison’s boyfriend of five years, and other cast members include Vernon Dobtcheff, Adrian Lukis and Stephen Greif.

Producer David Richardson said:
Gilmore, Rachel and Allison are very fondly remembered by fans. They also have a great dynamic, and it’s easy to imagine that they had a life beyond the one TV story in which they appeared. So it’s been relatively painless for script editor John Dorney and myself to sit down over the course of several months and fashion a brand new series format centered on these characters that were originally created by Ben Aaronovitch.

I was really inspired by the era in which the series is set. It’s long before digital technology… even before colour TV. The UK is relatively not long out of the Second World War, nuclear power is new and society is changing. We’re feeding into that – the audio will feel ‘black and white’. The composer for the project, Nicholas Briggs, will even be making use of 1960s style stock music tracks in his music.

The tone is part 60s Doctor Who, part Quatermass, part Doomwatch, and a lot completely new...

The four episodes comprising the first series will be released in July 2012 as a boxed set, which will also include an additional behind-the-scenes documentary; it is available for pre-order on CD or for download at the Big Finish website.

(with thanks to David Richardson)