John Smith - you’re under arrest. You
do not have to say anything, but it may harm
your defence if you do not mention when questioned
something which you later rely on in court..."
release for February 2008 is a Sixth
drama called "The Condemned" that is written
by Eddie Robson and directed by Nicholas Briggs.
It has been described as a gritty murder mystery
with a twist. This story was recorded on the 29th
and 30th November 2007.
Condemned" features two guest stars from the new
series of Doctor Who: Anna Hope (who played
Novice Hame in "New
Earth" and "Gridlock")
plays the part of Detective Inspector Patricia Menzies.
'Anyone expecting the sweetness of Novice Hame
is in for a shock,' says director Nicholas Briggs.
'Dl Menzies is a brash, no-nonsense lady and Anna
sparking really well off Colin Baker.' Also starring
is William Ash (who appeared in "42") as
the mysterious Sam. 'When I knew we were doing
a story set in present day Manchester, I knew we had
Will in, ' says Nicholas Briggs. 'He's got
the most Manchestery Manchester accent I've ever heard.
together at the Sheffield Crucible last year, and I
knew we just had to get him into an audio. He's a great
actor and delivers something really rather unnerving
in this story.'
members are: Sara De Freitas, Lennox Greaves, James George,
Diana Morrison, Sephen Aintree and Steve Hansell.
alongside Colin Baker is India Fisher continuing her
role as Charley
Pollard. After ending her travels with
the Eighth Doctor in December 2007’s "The
Girl Who Never Was" Charley found herself stranded
on a desert island in the far future – only to
witness the arrival of the TARDIS. But instead of the
TARDIS being controlled by the Eighth
Doctor it is occupied
by the Sixth and so a new chapter in her life is about
just about the worst possible thing that could happen
to Charley,' says Alan Barnes, audio script editor, writer
on "The Girl Who Never Was" and Charley's creator.
'She thinks 'her' Doctor - The Eighth - is dead;
and just when she thinks they're going to have a happy
against all odds, the 'wrong' Doctor - the Sixth - comes
to her rescue! It was an irresistible twist.'
a big deal, given that Charley and the Eighth Doctor
have whizzed through time and space since 2001's "Storm
Warning". Their relationship came to an end during
October 2007's "Absolution", with Charley determined
to leave the TARDIS after the death of companion C'rizz
(played by Conrad Westmaas) all because of The Doctor's
ability to move on which really strikes a chord with
saga with the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C'rizz seemed
have come to its natural end,' says Alan Barnes. 'Especially
with the start of the Eighth Doctor/Lucie adventures
which have aired on BBC7. C'rizz's story was always destined
to end the way it did, but it seemed a bit unfair on
Charley - and lovely India Fisher! - to stop her story,
just because 'her' Doctor's moved on. I've invested too
much in the character over the last seven years to do
that, and I think the listeners have too.'
quite savvy with all this timey-wimey malarkey by now,'
says writer Eddie Robson, 'so she realises quite
fast that she can’t let on that she's a companion from
his future. Worse, she also thinks he's dead - and though
he's her Doctor, she can't quite let go. She wants to
stick with him, but kind of has to audition again for
the role of companion!'
Condemned" is a crime drama thriller set in present-day
Manchester and picks up where "The Girl Who Never
Was" left off. Crucially, Charley doesn't tell
him that she's travelled with his future incarnation...
finding herself stranded and then rescued – but
not by The Doctor whom she started her travels with – Charley
Pollard finds herself back in the TARDIS but with a huge
dilemma as The Doctor that rescued her is a previous
incarnation – so how is she going to explain to
the Sixth Doctor that she once travelled with The Eighth?
blunders her way through this situation, trying to disguise
her true identity, by calling herself Charley Smith,
and having to think quickly when she is nearly caught
out by a suspicious Doctor when she is not fazed by the
different dimension inside the TARDIS and already is
aware of not only the controls but also how The Doctor
will react to things.
Doctor is very unsure of his ‘new’ companion
especially when the TARDIS materialises inside a residential
tower block and, after finding a dead body, The Doctor
is left alone while Charley goes off to ring the police.
waiting for Charley to return The Doctor ponders about
Charley while taking a look around the dead person’s
flat. It is not long though before he has company. Not
by a returning Charley but by the police who arrest him
on suspicion of murder. Taken to the local police station
The Doctor finds himself being interviewed, by DI Patricia
Menzies, as the prime suspect.
Menzies though soon realises that The Doctor knows more
about the murder then he is letting on. But she is completely
unaware that The Doctor is convinced that the dead body
is in fact an alien. Then, when DI Menzies is taken off
the case because it seems there was no dead body and
so no murder, The Doctor convinces DI Menzies to allow
him to assist her solving this mystery – even though
she is meant to be on leave.
Charley, instead of calling the police finds herself
hit over the head and, when she wakes up, a prisoner
in the flat next door. Then, when she is left alone,
the phone rings and she finds that she is not the only
one in the block of flats that is being held captive.
thinking that she has been abandoned by The Doctor, has
to find a way of freeing herself - but why is she being
held captive? And why is a girl, called Maxine, interested
in The Doctor and wants her to find out what happened
in that room? And who is she working for who isn’t
going to be happy if Maxine doesn’t come up with
A deadly conspiracy is at work - one whose effects will
be felt far beyond the walls of Ackley House…
- Featuring the Sixth
- Serial Number: 7C/PA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'21", 2 = 28'03",
3 = 24'37", 4 = 27'28"
- Total Story Length: 109'29"
- Also features 38 minutes of trailers and
special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time
and the Rani" and follows on from "Urgent
for The Doctor, and "The
Girl Who Never Was" for
- Cover Illustration: Barry Piggott
- Recorded: 29th and 30th November 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: February 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-314-9
On the Back Cover:
2008. The TARDIS lands inside a run-down tower block,
beside a dead body - which leads to some awkward
questions when The Doctor is found there by the police.
Made the prime suspect, how can The Doctor prove
to the no-nonsense DI Patricia Menzies that this
is not the open-and-shut case it seems, and that
she’s actually investigating the death of an
up in Ackley House, a girl named Maxine watches The Doctor being taken away in a squad car. Someone wants
her to find out what happened in that room, and isn’t
going to be happy if she doesn’t come up with
the goods. But she’s got hold of someone who
knows - someone very important to The Doctor.
|On the Inside Cover:
Actor’s Notes: India Fisher – Charley Pollard
was very upset when I thought the end of my Doctor
Who journey was imminent. Then during the recording
of The Girl Who Never Was Nick Briggs said, ‘Don’t
worry, we’ve got an idea of what will happen
to her later’.
was thrilled, because I’d met Colin at conventions
and we did Zagreus together. He’s a lovely man,
and I’d always enjoyed his Doctor Who performance.
just done my first two scenes with Colin and suddenly
it’s a completely different dynamic and that’s
lovely. It’s an opportunity to breathe new life
into the character of Charley."
Director’s Notes: Nicholas Briggs
a big fan of Eddie Robson’s writing. His scripts
keep me awake at night and make me laugh out loud – not
necessarily always at the same time, but actually quite
often at the same time… What I particularly love
about his work is his ability to combine fascinating,
really neat ideas with excitement and fear, and then
infuse the script with a genuine sense of fun.
is in so many ways a very bleak tale, involving some
really disturbing science fiction ideas; but the wit
of the dialogue and the detail of the characters lift
it high above any possible suffocating numbness. Eddie’s
view of the universe seems to coincide somewhat with
mine, which is that despite all the amazing and terrifying
stuff put there, individual people will still have their
odd obsessions, trivial tragedies and personality ticks.
And sometimes, when you look at these facets in an Eddie
Robson sort of way, it makes you laugh.
by the way, my favourite line is ‘Wait! What on
Earth is a balti?'.
The Sixth Doctor
First television appearance: "The
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Davros"
has been exploring the universe for hundred of years. He fights injustice. He
defeats evil. He helps people. The Doctor sacrificed his previous life on the
planet Androxani Minor to save his companion Peri from a toxic virus. Now he
is travelling through time and space on his own, driven on by his insatiable
curiosity and adventurous spirit. In this incarnation he is forthright, often
abrasive and can be blunt to the point of rudeness in the face of grave danger.
But when he answers a distress call emanating from Earth in the year 500,002,
he can’t possible know that a new and entirely unexpected phase in his
long life is about to begin…
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
Elspeth Pollard (1912 – 1930); born on the day the Titanic sank; died
in the crash of the airship R101. (Or at least, that’s how the Web
of Time has it.) In reality, the self-styled ‘Edwardian Adventuress’ was
whisked away on an incredible journey through time and space in the company
of the Eighth Doctor. The journey ended in 2008, when she walked away into
the Singapore night. (Or at least, that’s how The Doctor remembers
it.) In reality, she’d been washed up on a lonely island in the year
500,002, from where she sent an SOS out to the TARDIS. But it wasn’t ‘her’ Doctor
who answered her call…
| Full Cast List:
|DI Patricia Menzies
|Sarah De Freitas
|Dr Joseph Aldrich
|Police Officers & Guys in Gym
|Steve Hansell and Stephen Aintree
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery