|The Boy That Time Forgot
2008’s release is called "The Boy That
Time Forgot". This is a Fifth
Doctor and Nyssa story that has been written by Paul Magrs and directed
by Barnaby Edwards. It was recorded on the 15th and
16th April 2008.
Boy That Time Forgot" picks up on the events
set in motion during April’s release "The
Haunting of Thomas Brewster" and guest stars
Andrew Sachs (famous for his role as Spanish waiter
Manuel in the 1970’s hit television comedy
Fawlty Towers) as someone rather terrifying.
Andrew Sachs also previously played Skagra in the
Big Finish Productions 2003 remake of "Shada".
While Harriet Walter (Atonement, Babel)
plays Victorian novelist Mrs Beatrice Mapp. Also
starring are: Adrian Scarborough, Oliver Senton and
is one of those really weird and wonderful stories,’ explains
executive producer Nicholas Briggs. ‘When
writer Paul Magrs came to us with the idea, we knew
be controversial, but I think there's room for a
bit of controversy now and then!’.
follows on directly from "The Haunting of Thomas
Brewster" reveals director Barnaby Edwards. ‘At
the end of that story the TARDIS is stolen, so The Doctor
and Nyssa are stranded in Victorian London, and trying
to get the TARDIS back – but something happens
and they’re flung back into pre-history. Two people
from the Victorian era are transported with them - a
literary lady from the Bloomsbury salon, and an armchair
by Paul Magrs. ‘My original idea was to write an
adventure with a setting a bit like an Edgar Rice Burroughs
story, as filmed by Amicus in the early 1970s. At
the Earth’s Core is a film I’ve always
regarded as Peter Cushing’s third outing as Doctor
story we get transported back in time to a prehistoric
Earth populated by giant scorpions and various types
of insects - where something has gone wrong. And it’s
not just scorpions awaiting The Doctor.
a prehistoric world that should never have been,’ Paul
Magrs explaines. ‘A bubble in time. A massive,
glorious anomaly summoned into existence by someone’s
a weird jungle valley, the Victorian explorer Rupert
saves Bloomsbury novelist Beatrice Mapp from a ghastly
death in the grip of a monstrous mantis. But this is
no Lost World of the dinosaurs. According to their travelling
companions, The Doctor and Nyssa, all four have been
transported back to a primitive Earth that should never
down the valley is the vast city where the scorpions
live. Walking, talking, intelligent scorpions, ruled
over by their cruel and sinister master. The Doctor and
Nyssa are being drawn ever tighter into the clutches
of... The Boy That Time Forgot.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor and Nyssa.
- Serial Number: 6C/L
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'47", 2 = 24'27",
3 = 26'18", 4 = 25'53"
- Total Story Length: 101'25"
- Also features 22 minutes of trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between "Time-Flight" and "Arc
of Infinity" and after "The
Haunting of Thomas Brewster".
- Cover Illustration: Barry Piggott
- Recorded: 15th and 16th April 2008
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: July 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-319-4
On the Back Cover:
world. A prehistoric civilization. A dark secret.
Doctor and Nyssa find themselves transported from
Victorian London back to the dawn of time, accompanied
by debonair adventurer Robert Von Thal and no-nonsense
novelist Beatrice Mapp. Together these unlikely heroes
must brave primitive jungles and battle ravening
insects as they make their way to the city of the
giant scorpions. ruled over by...
Boy That Time Forgot.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Paul Magrs
I was starting to think about this story last summer,
I was also rediscovering my love of Flash Gordon serials
of the 1930s, Filmation cartoons of the 1970s and
the outrageous stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs
as filmed by Amicas. In my own way, I wanted to tap
into that genre of swashbuckling otherworld adventure,
in which immaculately attired Victorians are
propelled into unfamiliar savage lands, either beyond,
above or inside the Earth. This being Doctor
it seemed just the thing that the foreign country
ought to be the past...
there had to be monstrous beasts, secret rites, awful
dangers and a mysterious city. There had to be a sense
of our heroes wandering bravely but blindly into the
ultimately, in the heart of the prehistoric darkness,
they had to come face to face with… who? What?
I knew from the start who and what they were going to
won’t believe it. Seriously. Just wait!
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
have a confession to make: I’m a huge fan of those
old 1970s adventure yarns. The Land That Time Forgot,
At The Earth’s Core, The People That
and Warlords of Atlantis, all starring the inimitable
Doug McClure. So I was understandably a bit overexcited
when I heard that Paul Magrs wanted to write a prehistoric
caper with giant scorpions, a lost city and some monster-infested
catacombs. But would it work without the widescreen visuals?
I needn’t have worried: Paul knows his stuff. The trick, as with all special
effects extravaganzas, is to have strong characters who won’t be overpowered
by the monsters and the enormous sets. And it’s a testament to Paul’s
writing that we attracted such a high calibre guest cast to play his creations.
Oliver, Claire, Andrew, Harriet and Adrian: swashbuckling heroes, all of them!
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 Scorpion King
|Mrs Beatrice Mapp
|Rupert Von Thal
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery