|The Haunting of Thomas
2008’s release is called "The Haunting
of Thomas Brewster". It is written by Jonathan
Morris, directed by Barnaby Edwards and was recorded
on the 13th and 14th December 2007. It has been described
as a very creepy Fifth
Doctor and Nyssa story.
Morris's third Docor Who Audio story for Big Finish
Productions. His previous being "Bloodtide", that
introduced the Silurians into
the world of audio, and
the original story "Flip-Flop" -
where this double CD release could be listened to
in either order.
the title suggests, this release, "The Haunting
of Thomas Brewster", is a ghost story
set in Dickensian London. Guest stars are John Pickard
(Hollyoaks) as the titular Brewster, Christian
Coulson (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
as the Fifth Doctor's new companion Robert Mclntosh
Leslie Ash (Men Behaving Badly). Also starring
are: Barry McCarthy, Sid Mitchell and Trevor Cooper.
the first audio drama to feature Christian Coulson as
the new companion Robert McIntosh. Coulson previously
appeared as Pelleas in "The
Bride of Peladon", who by coincidence ended
the story by marrying the Fifth Doctor's companion Erimem.
whole new phase of adventures begins for the Fifth Doctor in Brewster,'
hints new line producer David Richardson, 'so there’s quite a buzz
about this one here.'
smoggy streets, the Thames at night, churchyards
in winter, and an 'artful dodger'... These are the
stimulating starting points that writer Jonathan
Morris used for this his latest audio adventure.
wanted to attempt a Victorian ghost story’,
Jonathan Morris has revealed, ‘like Henry James'
The Turn of the Screw, or Charles Dickens' The Signal-Man.
very competitive, and my impetus was to come up with
something even scarier than Rob Shearman's "The
Chimes of Midnight" or Joseph Lidster's "Master".’
he has written for the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors,
this is Jonathan Morris' first Fifth Doctor script. ‘Writing
this was just joy. Peter Davison has always been a bit
of a hero of mine, not just for Doctor Who,
but for everything else he's been in, like A Very Peculiar Practice (1986-88).
His Doctor has a sort of gentle mocking quality, as though
he's travelling through time and space trying desperately
to take it all seriously - and after "Time
it's interesting to write for the Fifth Doctor as Peter
would play the part now.’
of the story is related from Thomas Brewster's perspective. ‘That
was in my first proposal', explains Morris, 'The
idea being that a first-person narrative is quite a Dickens-y
thing to do. The brief had led me toward trying to evoke
Dickens - not so much the version from Lionel Bart's
Oliver!, as the much darker, more painfully
realistic world of his books. It also allowed me to include
a greater "visual
element; ghosts tend to be mostly visual phenomena, so
I hope that makes the whole thing more vivid for listeners.’
|Big Finish Magazine - Issue 11
11 of the 'Big Finish Magazine', a series of
behind-the-scenes CDs given away free to subscribers,
was also sent out with this release.
|Big Finish Magazine
- Issue 11
- Executive producer of the Audio Adventures of Doctor Who and Voice
of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs is your host for this behind the scenes took at
by Nicholas Briggs. Interviews by David Richardson.
Edited and Mastered by David Darlington. Design
by Alex Mallinson. Length 1 hour 13 minutes.
The Downloads Press Launch -
In February we held a press launch
in London to
celebrate the arrival of the Big Finish
downloads service, Doctor Who stars
Peter Davison and Louise Jameson met
with the press - here are the highlights
of the Q&A panel.
Sapphire and Steel – Season Three -
Sapphire and Steel have been assigned
again, and we go behind the scenes
of the upcoming season with the producer
Bernice Summerfield – Season
Nine - Incoming producer Eddie
Robson gives us a taster of what to
in the forthcoming ninth season of
Who – Cuddlesome -
The audio story Cuddlesome was produced by
and given away free with Doctor Who Magazine.
We talk to Peter Davison and the stars of
this special story, including Timothy West
and David Troughton.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Nyssa and Thomas Brewster.
- Serial Number: 6C/K
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'03", 2 = 24'14",
3 = 25'08", 4 = 25'26"
- Total Story Length: 98'51"
- Also features 39 minutes of trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between "Time-Flight" and "Arc
of Infinity" and after "Renaissance
of the Daleks".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 13th and 14th December 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: April 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-316-3
On the Back Cover:
Brewster is haunted by the ghost of his drowned mother.
But she is not the only apparition to disturb his
dreams. Every few years, he is visited by a mysterious
by his new assistant, the young Scots scientist Robert
McIntosh, The Doctor struggles to unravel the twisted
knot of temporal implausibilities which bind the
TARDIS to Thomas Brewster. Meanwhile, lost in the
stews of Victorian London, Nyssa must face a host
of spectral creatures gathering in the fog.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Jonathan Morris
something about Victorian London which is so… Doctor
Who, It’s a time of overgrown churchyards and
creaking floorboards, of rat-infested sewers and
oak-panelled corridors. A time of looking glasses
and grandfather clocks and gas lamps. A time of Charles
Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a time
for ghost stories.
like all ghost stories, The Haunting Of Thomas Brewster is best enjoyed at night. To get the full effect, you
should be listening, alone, in a dark, candle-lit room.
This isn’t an adventure for the tube journey to
work or to have on in the background while you are doing
the washing-up. Unless of course, you’re the sort
of person whp does the washing-up alone, in a dark, candle-lit
this play, I have done everything I can to frighten you,
and the actors, the director and sound designers have
done everything they can too.
So, please… have nightmares.
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
is the second script by Jonny Morris which it has been
my great pleasure to direct – and it’s an
absolute cracker! I love the Dickensian setting with
its murky London streets shrouded with fog and peopled
with characters straight out of Great Expectations and
real skill here is in Jonny’s ability to take these
literary elements and stock figures, and to make them
serve his own vision. The London of this story is not
Oliver Twist’s but Thomas Brewster’s: we
see it through his eyes and we hear about it from his
This is a good old-fashioned Victorian ghost story, so pull up a footstool, rest
your head against an antimacassar and toast a crumpet before the glowing embers
in the grate. Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…
The Fifth Doctor
First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
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: "The
Keeper of Traken"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Land of the Dead".
began travelling with The Doctor after the untimely death of her father.
She is the product of the highly civilised society of the planet Traken.
She is logical and pragmatic - a great believer in science and reason
but is also compassionate and caring. Together, she and The Doctor
have visited Earth at various points in its history - Alaska in the 1990s,
Switzerland in the 1960s, America in the 22nd Century - as well as both
Traken and Telos in their respective infancies. On the planet Veln, she
suffered police brutality and interrogation, then went on to experience
the dangers of sport obsession on the planet Cray.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery