|Assassin in the Limelight
2008’s release is called "Assassin in
the Limelight" and is written by Robert Ross
and is directed by Barnaby Edwards. It is a Sixth
Doctor story starring Colin Baker with Maggie Stables
as his companion Evelyn
Smythe. It was recorded on the 7th and 8th February
story guest stars Leslie Phillips. ‘"Assassin
in the Limelight" was written specifically for
Leslie Phillips’, explains director Barnaby
Edwards, ‘so we were all hugely relieved
when he agreed to reprise his role as Dr Knox. The
of President Lincoln is a glorious backdrop for a
Doctor Who story, and Knox is a great adversary to
pit against the Sixth Doctor. They've a lot in common:
a love of literature, a fondness for pedantry, a
Sixth Doctor fought Knox once before, in 2004's Doctor
Who audio adventure "Medicinal
which also featured David Tennant before he was cast
as the Tenth
Edwards is also the principal Dalek operator on television,
and "Assassin in the Limelight" reunited him
with Eric Loren - who played Mr Diagoras and the Dalek
Sec hybrid in last year's television story "Daleks
in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks".
are: Lysette Anthony, Madeleine Potter, Alan Marriott,
Paul Dubois and Mikey O'Connor.
whatever you don't turn the CD off once the end music
of the final episode starts...
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Evelyn
- Serial Number: 7C/MD
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'43", 2 = 28'08",
3 = 27'41", 4 = 29'51"
- Total Story Length: 111'23"
- Also features 33 minutes of trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time
and the Rani" and after "100".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 7th and 8th February
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: May 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-317-0
On the Back Cover:
Theatre, Washington. Friday, 14th April, 1865. The
assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
place, the date and the event which made history.
Or did it? Someone has been tampering with time,
muddying the waters of history for his own purposes.
Time itself is out of joint and the chief culprit
is the enigmatic Doctor Knox.
The Doctor and Evelyn must put history back on track
before the future dissolves into chaos. But Knox,
it turns out, may be the least of their worries...
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Robert Ross
never set out to write a Doctor Who trilogy but,
by default, that’s what I’ve done. The
links are fairly broad and the listener need not
have heard my previous efforts although, obviously,
I urge you to buy them at once!
was the sainted Gary Russell who commissioned "something" after
we finished recording Pier Pressure and this is what
I came up with. I always wanted to bring back my Time
Meddler, Doctor Knox. He’s mellowed a little since
Medicinal Purposes and become, almost, a loveable baddie.
When Leslie Phillips asked me how the character had changed
I said that he was now: "naughty but nice." "Just
like me!" he replied!
actual setting slipped from Lennon’s New York City,
to Kennedy’s Dallas and, finally ended up in Lincoln’s
Washington DC. Time travel is a wonderful thing. And
for Knox to once again come up against the redoubtable
Sixth Doctor was a joy. Is this the last stand? I certainly
hope not. As I have said, time travel is a wonderful
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
Ross is an extremely nice man: affable, urbane, witty,
exactly the sort of person you’d want to have to
dinner. But beware! For beneath this charming exterior
beats the heart of a deeply twisted man. Robert loves
the macabre, that Ambrose Bierce world of gallows humour.
sensibility is beautifully personified by the character
of Doctor Robert Knox, an amoral Time Meddler with a
penchant for mordant one-liners. And who better to portray
him than Leslie Phillips? Leslie has an irresistibly
delicious way of injecting a wealth of meaning and innuendo
into the simplest of phrases.
Colin and Maggie were on dazzling form, too, toying with the dialogue and making
it float off the page. They say the secret of directing is to get a good cast
and let them do their stuff. Well that’s certainly true here. So thanks
one and all for doing my job for me. Oh and Lysette? Sorry about that Krull witticism…
The Sixth Doctor
First television appearance: "The
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Davros"
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice.
He defeats evil. He helps people. The Doctor was travelling alone when he
met Evelyn Smythe, a companion who has had a calming effect on him, and a
deep bond of friendship and respect has quickly developed between the two.
More used to loud, energetic youngsters, The Doctor has appreciated the change
of gear the chocolate-cake-loving divorcee has brought into his life.
First Big Finish audio appearance: "The
she first encountered The Doctor, Evelyn Smythe was a history lecturer
at Sheffield’s Hallam university. He took her on an adventure involving
her ancestors in the sixteenth century - which led to Evelyn joining
The Doctor in his travels. Unbeknownst to him, Evelyn was resisting efforts
by the university administration to retire her due to a possibly fatal
heart condition, and so she took the opportunity to explore both history
and the wider universe with relish. Amongst the many people and places
Evelyn has encountered are Charles Darwin, Burke and Hare and the planet
| Full Cast List:
|Dr Robert Knox
|Henry Clay Ford
|John Wilkes Booth
|Heckler/Harry Hawk/ Messenger Boy/Cabby/Stationmaster
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery