Eye" - An Adventure in Three Episodes
"Mission of the Viyrans" - A Single Episode Adventure
2007 sees the fourth release with the two story per release
format. "The Mind’s Eye" is an adventure
in three episodes written by Colin Brake - and "Mission
of the Viyrans" is a single episode adventure written
by Nicholas Briggs.
Mind's Eye and Mission of the Viyrans
(Colin Brake & Nicholas Briggs)
Doctor stories starring Peter Davison with
companions Peri, played by Nicola Bryant, in both stories
and Erimem, played by Caroline Morris in just "The
Mind’s Eye". Both stories are directed by
Barnaby Edwards and were recorded on the 25th and 27th
Mind’s Eye" The Doctor and his two companions
face life-changing experiences on a planet swarming with
hostile lifeforms. Peri has a son, Erimem has an empire,
The Doctor has a faulty memory and some killer plants
to contend with.
guest stars Rebecca Front (The Day Today, Big
Owen Teale ("Vengeance
on Varos") and Thomas
Nature/The Family of Blood").
Also starring are: Richard Laing and Nicola Weeks.
Doctor is lost in an alien jungle and not quite himself – luckily
for him he is spotted and then shot at – and so
finds himself captured and taken to a place of safety – because
the planet he is on is full of intelligent and very dangerous
But as he
recovers from his faulty memory he remembers that he
landed on this planet with two companions – Peri
and Erimem – and they must still be out there in
the jungle and in grave danger as their minds and eventually
bodies are slowly taken over by the plant life.
to rescue them both can The Doctor be able to get his
own rescuers to mount a search party – before it
is too late?
to the truth both Peri and Erimem are living their lives
in a fantasy world created by the plants. In a distant
galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire where she is nearly
poisoned and then is shot at. While for Peri she is back
on Earth and experiencing domestic problems having to
bring up a wayward step-son. Both companions though seem
to recall better times and have a need to hold on to
the past. For Erimem it is her time in Egypt while for
Peri it is the good old days when she used to travel
with a man called The Doctor.
of their pasts are slowly being eroded away – they
are just unaware of the reasons why and the dire consequences
for them both in the real world – for when their
minds and bodies are completely taken over by the plant
life they will cease to exist.
Doctor can save them but to do so will mean putting his
own life at risk as he enters the dreams of each of his
companions. But the danger The Doctor and his two companions
are in is not just from the plant life but by those who
rescued The Doctor in the first place who have deadly
plans of their own…
And then there are the Jackals – vicious creatures
who come out at night and who killed all those who visited
the planet before…
In the one-parter
entitled "Mission of the Viyrans" the Fifth
Doctor is in an adventure mainly following the exploits
of Peri, who finds herself quarantined on an alien world,
and face-to-face with a new race of monsters, the Viyrans.
Also starring are: Peter Sowerbutts and Philip Childs.
we’re creating is an alien species with a unique,
evolving motivation that will bring it into contact with
The Doctor for very different reasons throughout his
life’, explains executive producer Nicholas
not necessarily evil, but sometimes the results of their
actions can be catastrophic’.
are not pretending to be you. We are the Viyrans. And
there is a matter of urgency. Did you remember The Doctor?”
herself alone without The Doctor after he collapses,
from what Peri thinks is intoxication after a party,
and in the dark with hearing voices that resemble her
and alarmed Peri has to confront the Viyrans a race of
aliens who play tricks with Peri’s mind and memories
and refer to Peri as ‘Patient Zero’. The
Viyrans come from another galaxy, a galaxy that has only
ever known war. Until finally the war was over and a
treaty was signed to end all biological warfare – but
during the decommissioning of the weapons a terrible
accident occurred and countless viruses and biological
agents were released. These started to spread across
the stars inflicting death to all those it came into
contact with them.
task is to eradicate every single deadly particle and
to remove the memory of being infected in every single
victim. Unknown to The Doctor, Peri has became one of
these victims and the Viyrans are trying to cure Peri
by getting her to reach ‘Memory Zero’ where
she will forget the events that happened after the party
when she thought she had swallowed a fly. The Viyrans
though find that Peri is not the easiest of patients
to cure. But once Peri realises the importance of what
is happening to her The Viyrans agree to try one more
time to reach Memory Zero.
they will succeed as Peri’s life depends
on their success…
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
- Serial Numbers: "The Mind’s
6Q/L and "Mission of the Viyrans": 6Q/N
- Number of Episodes – "The
3 and "Mission of the Viyrans": 1
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths – "The Mind’s
Eye": 1 = 26'56", 2 = 25'05", 3 =
26'41" and "Mission of the Viyrans":
1 = 26'22"
- Total Story Lengths – "The
Mind’s Eye": 78'42" and "Mission
of the Viyrans": 26'22"
- Also features 52 minutes of music, trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
- "The Mind’s Eye" takes
place between "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani" and after "Son
of the Dragon".
- "Mission of the Viyrans" takes
place between "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani" and
Bride of Peladon".
- Cover Illustration: Simon Holub
- Recorded: 25th and 27th July 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: November 2007
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-182-4
On the Back Cover:
is a warning to all space farers. You must keep away
from this planet. It’s hostile, repeat, hostile.”
On a planet
with no name, The Doctor finds himself confronted by
a faulty memory and some killer plants.
In a distant
galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire.
Back on Earth,
Peri tells her son about the good old days when she
used to travel with a man called The Doctor.
Bonus One-Part Adventure:
"Mission of the Viyrans"
are not pretending to be you. We are the Viyrans.
And there is a matter of urgency. Did you remember
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Colin Brake
rarely remember the origin points for projects but
I’m fairly certain that this Dr
Who audio had its roots in my first Big Finish Audio – Three's
camera crew on the day I visited the studio prevented
to meet Peter Davison (shame) but I did get to
meet the lovely Nicola Bryant and, on the train
home I started thinking how nice it would be to
write something which would give Nicola a chance
to play a more mature, older Peri. Maybe one that
had become a mother...
At the same
time I had half an idea about the TARDIS landing
in Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane (the
show had just launched on C4) and I remember mentioning
it to Gary. And he, wisely, said ‘but what’s
the story?’ So I went away and thought one
you like it...”
"Mission of the Viyrans" by Nicholas Briggs
are the Viyrans? Where do they come from? What
are they trying to achieve? How will their actions
affect the Doctor’s life?
Some of these
questions will be answered in Mission of the Viyrans.
Or will they?
I started doing this Big Finish job a number of
people said to me that it was high time the audio
adventures created a new, recurring foe for The Doctor. I agreed. But if you just create a bench
of nasty guys who hate The Doctor and go around
killing people, you’ve kind of tried to
invent the Daleks again. And that would never
main aim in creating the Viyrans was to pit The Doctor against a foe that didn’t want to kill people
and had no feelings one way or the other about The Doctor. What Mission of the Viyrans reveals is how
such a race of creatures can still be a threat worthy
of The Doctor’s attention. And you can rest
assured that we haven’t heard the last of
The Fifth Doctor
First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Land
of the Dead"
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights
injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. In his fifth incarnation,
The Doctor is more restrained in temper, calmer in attitude and visually
younger in appearance than he used to be. He looks for the best in
people and tries never to deliberately offend or cause trouble. Some
may underestimate him because of his comparatively youthful nature.
But those enemies who do, do so at their own risk...
First television appearance: "Planet
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Red
Brown has been travelling with The Doctor for a while now. Their
relationship can be fractious - but is generally lighthearted and
friendly. A keen botanist, resourceful and compassionate, Peri also
has an edgy side; a wry sense of humour that can infuriate her travelling
companion. course of action remains to be seen…
First Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Eye of the Scorpion"
the death of her father, Erimemushinseperem - Erimem for short -
became Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. During an attempt on her life she
met The Doctor and Peri, who were instrumental in saving her. Before
her coronation, the officials decided upon a different, male, Pharaoh
- a decision that did not completely disappoint Erimem, who then
joined The Doctor and Peri on their travels.
| Full Cast List:
|Ally/Dr Carla Love
|Mission of the Viyrans
The Production Team:
|Writer "Mission of
and Jason Haigh-Ellery