Monday, 20 August 2012

Big Finish: August Releases

Big Finish have released details on the latest adventures for the Doctor and his companions in August.
There’s been a mystery haunting followers of the Seventh Doctor stories at Big Finish. Why is the TARDIS white? Why is there a black TARDIS? And where is the Doctor? All is revealed in Black and White, in which four companions collide – Ace (Sophie Aldred), Hex (Philip Olivier), Aristedes (Maggie O’Neill) and Sally (Amy Pemberton). And what they discover about each other, and the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), will rock their worlds...

Black and White is written by Matt Fitton, and guest stars Stuart Milligan (The Impossible Astronaut and The Day of the Moon) as Garundel.

Meanwhile, The Masters of Luxor by Anthony Coburn has finally been released 49 years after the script was originally written for television! Coburn, who wrote the very first Doctor Who story An Unearthly Child, originally devised Luxor as the second story, but it was ultimately replaced by Terry Nation’s The Daleks. Those original scripts have been adapted by Nigel Robinson as part of the Lost Stories range, and performed by William Russell and Carole Ann Ford with Joseph Kloska guest starring as Tabor and the Perfect One.

"This was such a momentous story to make," says producer David Richardson. "It really felt like an important piece of Doctor Who history. Anthony’s script is so dark and character-based, and it builds to a really doom-laden finale. If you enjoyed Farewell Great Macedon on our First Doctor Box Set, then you should love this – I was determined to reassemble the whole team from that story, from William and Carole, to Nigel, Lisa Bowerman as director and Toby Robinson on sound design and music. The results, I think, are quite heart-breaking."

Finally this month’s Companion Chronicle is The Uncertainty Principle, performed by Wendy Padbury as Zoe, accompanied by her daughter Charlie Hayes as Jen.

"We’re back with the older Zoe," says David, "as the mysterious Company tries to ascertain what she might remember of travelling through time and space – and they force her mind back to a journey to Earth, where nothing is certain."



Black and White (available to order)
by Matt Fitton
starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier

The TARDIS arrives in the land of the Danes, where a young warrior seeks to rid the kingdom of Hrothgar from a cruel and terrifying demon. The brave young warrior is Beowulf; the monster is Grendel... or so his name will one day be written. But what's written down in black and white is sometimes very far from the truth – as the Doctor knows, and his companions are about to discover.
 
The Masters of Luxor (available to order)
by Anthony Coburn, adapted by Nigel Robinson
starring William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, with Joe Kloska

The TARDIS is drawn to a mysterious signal emanating from a seemingly dead world. Trapped within a crystalline structure, the Doctor and his friends inadvertently wake a vast army of robots that have lain dormant for many, many years. Waiting… for the Masters of Luxor.

The Perfect One wants to become more than just a mockery of a man, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. But will the cost prove too great?

The travellers are about to uncover a horrifying tragedy. A tragedy that threatens to engulf them all.
 
The Uncertainty Principle (available to order)
by Simon Guerrier
starring Wendy Padbury, with Charlie Hayes

In the future, Zoe Heriot is a prisoner of the mysterious Company, which has evidence that she travelled through space and time with the Doctor. Zoe’s memories have been blocked by the Time Lords, but the Company is determined to break through this conditioning...

And so Zoe recalls a journey to Earth in the past, to the funeral of a young woman called Meg, who was involved in scientific experiments that are bringing forth sinister alien creatures. Only the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe can stop them...