(Mark Morris, Nick Scovell, Mark Michalowski
& Steven Hall)
November 2008’s release is a special story as
Big Finish Productions celebrates Doctor Who's
45th anniversary. Starring Sylvester McCoy, as the Seventh
Doctor, this release has the aptly-named title, "Forty-Five".
Echoing the format first introduced with the popular
Time" and continued with "100",
this release comprises four single-episode standalone
stories that each have thematic links to the number
‘Script editor Alan Barnes came up with the
idea’, as revealed by Executive Producer
Nicholas Briggs. ‘We thought it was a good
chance to work with some great writers we hadn't worked
with before. So expect some surprising and different
The four individual stories have been written by Mark
Morris, Nick Scovell, Mark Michalowski and Steven Hall.
The Director is Ken Bentley.
All the writers on "Forty- Five" are new
to Doctor Who on audio. ‘We’re moving towards
using these four-story releases as a ‘nursery
slope’ for writers new to us, and to the medium’ Alan
Barnes has explained.
Of the writers,
Morris and Michalowski will be most familiar to readers
of the BBC Books Doctor Who novels. Doctor Who fans
may also be familiar with Nick Scovell’s name
as he has acted in the occasional audio adventure,
and has also presented stage adaptations of a few old
Doctor Who adventures. ‘Nick S was
recommended to me after Nick Briggs provided the Dalek
his theatre productions’ Alan Barnes has revealed. ‘In
fact Nick’s story was originally intended to
feature as the bonus on a three-part release, but it
turned out it fitted very naturally with the "Forty-Five" idea’.
what of the fourth author? You may have noticed Steven
Hall’s name on the shelves of Waterstone’s
- he’s the author of successful novel "The
Raw Shark Tests". ‘Not only did Steven’s
story idea knock me sideways but it also suggested
a way to connect up all four segments of "Forty-Five"...
I was keen to ensure "Forty-Five" reintroduced
the ongoing story of the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex whose adventures resume decisively in 2009’,
Alan Barnes has also revealed. ‘So it’s
a good jumping-on point for new listeners.., and with
a surprise or two for those who’ve been with
us for the long haul!’
1. FALSE GODS - by Mark
In the blistering heat of the Egyptian desert Howard
Carter and his team search for the lost tomb of Userhat,
a servant of the god Amun. What they discover sheds
new light on the history of the world as we know it.
2. ORDER OF SIMPLICITY - by Nick Scovell
Dr. Verryman has devoted his life to the advancement
of knowledge. When his experiments on a remote planet
threaten the entire human race only The Doctor can help
- if he puts his mind to it.
3. CASUALTIES OF WAR - by Mark Michalowski
Opportunity knocks in postwar London. But when a tea
leaf steals from the wrong woman it becomes a race against
time to discover the truth. Only some truths are best
4. THE WORD LORD - by Steven Hall
In a top secret military bunker deep beneath the Antarctic
ice a mysterious death threatens peace negotiations
and could spell disaster for the inhabitants of Earth.
Can The Doctor cross the t's and dot the i's? Or will
his efforts get lost in translation?
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and
- Serial Number: 7W/H
- Number of Episodes – "False Gods":
1, "Order of Simplicity": 1, "Casualties
of War": 1 and "The Word Lord": 1
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Story Lengths – "False Gods":
28'02", "Order of Simplicity": 29'05?",
"Casualties of War": 26'05" and "The
Word Lord": 26'05"
- Total Story Length: 109'17"
- Also features 39 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
cast and producers.
- This stories take place after "Survival"
and follow on from "The
- Cover Illustration: Simon Holub
- Recorded: Unknown
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: November 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-324-8
On the Back Cover:
In Egypt, archaeologist Howard Carter unearths an ancient
secret buried in the Valley of the Kings. On the Island
of Mendolovinia, a deranged academic attempts to push
back the frontiers of the human mind. In war-torn London,
a cockney spiv takes possession of a bizarre alien object.
And in a military bunker in the cold heart of Antarctica,
the strangest and deadliest of The Doctor’s many
enemies lies in wait.
Four adventures in time and space to mark Doctor
Who’s 45th anniversary, Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and Hex.
|On the Inside Cover:
In a twenty-year writing career
encompassing seventeen novels, dozens of short stories
and thousands of words of non-fiction, I had never turned
my hand to scriptwriting until Big Finish come knocking
at my door. But I’m delighted to have finally
taken the plunge, and to have been presented with the
opportunity to add my own modest contribution to a range
of adventures that has given me such pleasure over so
The consequences of technology is a notion that fascinates
me. How far will our desire for progress drive the people
with the intellect and desire to push it forward? Perhaps
we are for too comfortable living with technology and
its benefits. Maybe there will come a point when we
attempt to go too far. Would someone, somewhere, notice
and warn us? Or maybe, attempt to stop us? How far would
we be allowed to go..?
Casualties of War has been a real rollercoaster
of a ride: from the initial commission from Alan Barnes
through to the recording session in October. It’s
hard to believe that in only five months, the writing
of Casualties of War has taken so many twists
and turns: from aborted, not-quite-working ideas through
to the finished thing, it’s been an amazingly
steep - and enjoyable - learning curve. Who’d
have thought there was so much to a 25-minute audio
Spoiler Alert! After 900 years of adventures in
time and space (and 45 years of TV, print and audio)
how do you really challenge The Doctor? It’s a
tough call! With the Word Lord I tried to create not
just a dark reflection of everyone’s favourite
Time Lord, but a character with the sort of abilities
that might make The Doctor feel how all those monsters
must whenever the TARDIS arrives...
The Seventh Doctor
First television appearance: "Time
and the Rani"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Unregenerate!"
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice.
He defeats evil. He helps people. The Doctor and Ace have had many adventures – and
they’re now joined by Hex, a youthful former nurse from the twenty-first
century. In this regeneration, The Doctor can be impish, devious even, but
also greatly compassionate; whimsy and melancholy do battle inside this persona,
but his friends know they can always rely on him...
First television appearance: "Dragonfire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
McShane, who likes to be known as Ace, was a schoolgirl living in Perivale
West London when she was transported far across time and space to the
Iceworld colony by a time storm. There, she met The Doctor and since
then the pair have travelled the universe together, fighting evils and
righting wrongs. Over time, a close bond has developed between the two.
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Hector Schofield discovered at an early age that the name ‘Hector’ wasn’t
exactly designed to give him the easiest of times at a Merseyside school,
so he began referring to himself as ‘Hex’. Moving down from
to London to complete his medical training, Hex began working as a staff
nurse at St Gart’s Hospital in Shoreditch. There he encountered
Ace and The Doctor, helped them fight off a Cyber incursion and ended
up aboard the TARDIS. Since joining them, Hex has seen enough monsters,
hostile situations and aliens to last most people a lifetime. But clearly
| Full Cast List:
|Order of Simplicity
|Casualties of War
| PC Miller
|The Word Lord
|Commander Claire Spencer
|Captain James Hurst
The Production Team:
|Mark Morris, Nick Scovell,
Mark Michalowski and Steven Hall
|Richard Fox, Lauren Yason,
Matthew Cochrane and Steve Foxon
and Jason Haigh-Ellery