new adventure in time and space for the Fifth
new companion, Amy as they search for the Key to
2009 sees the first of three back-to-back releases
for the Fifth
Doctor. The story for this month has
the fame of heralding for the first time, in its
12-year history, that Big Finish Productions has
released stories in their monthly range of Doctor
Who audio adventures as consecutive collections.
idea of putting things into seasons is something we've
been talking about for a long time’, explains
executive producer Nicholas Briggs, ‘and
Doctor Who fans,
let's face it, we think of stories in terms
of seasons. This is the beginning of a move to, retrospectively,
put all our stories into three-story blocks’.
the three stories form a new three-part mini-series
featuring an all new quest for the Key to Time - first
seen in television show back in 1978/79. The Fifth
Doctor, played by Peter Davison, is joined by a brand
new companion called Amy, played by Ciara Janson, a
sentient Tracer created to find the all-powerful Key
to Time. But Amy is a companion with a twist - this
time The Doctor is the assistant.
Doctor finds himself on a planet where time stands
still and where a woman who is just a few minutes old.
She is a Tracer, sent into our Universe by her makers
to locate the six segments of the Key to Time and this
being without a name wants The Doctor to aid her in
her quest. ‘This is a very different adventure
from the original Key to Time’, says Producer
David Richardson. ‘It's all about consequences...’
Judgement of Isskar
first story in this mini-series is "The Judgement
of Isskar" by Simon Guerrier, in which the discovery
of a segment of the key on Mars has grave repercussions
and sees the return of the Ice
Warriors, last heard
in "The Bride of Peladon" and last seen on
television in the 1974 Third Doctor story "The
Monster of Peladon".
30 years since the original Key to Time series on television’,
Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery has pointed out, ‘which
is worth celebrating! It also offered a good opportunity
for David Richardson and me to work together and give
the main audio production team of Nick Briggs, Barnaby
Edwards and Alan Barnes a bit of a chance to catch
up with themselves. In deciding to produce three stories
together, we needed some kind of linking theme so that
all 12 episodes could form a set - and thoughts of
the Key to Time came out of that’.
David Richardson has revealed that, ‘We
couldn’t just replay the original Key to
Time season - that had a very fixed format which
we didn’t want to go over again. But the
events of this audio season do come as a direct
consequence of that original season’.
been promised that even if you know the original television
episodes back to front or if you’ve never seen
any of them at all, this new series presents something
brand new especially as the choice of Doctor is the
Fifth - next Doctor in line from the Fourth, who starred
in the original, and so anything that happens as a
consequence of that original season should come along
not much later.
big issue with revisiting the Key to Time’,
Producer David Richardson has also revealed, ‘is
that it was vital that we found a way of approaching
the concept differently. I threw in the idea that the
Key was actually malfunctioning - the segments had to
be collected because they had become dangerous. The writers
ran with this, and what we now have is an epic tale told
against the ticking clock, as the whole universe begins
well as bringing back an iconic part of the Fourth
Doctor’s era "The Judgement of
Isskar" is also an Ice Warrior story! But
one where the Ice Warriors are at the height of their
Martian empire, rather than afterwards that has been
portrayed in the previous audio and television outings.
mini-season has also seen the creation of another new
companion character for the audio adventures, in the
form of Amy. ‘Amy is an artificial girl!’ actress
Clara Janson, who portrays her, has revealed. ‘She’s
not really human… kind of a robot but not a robot!
She adapts to her environment. The Doctor kind of just
finds her as a blank canvas and she starts to pick up
on the Doctor’s phrasing, and that of other people.’
Judgement of Isskar" has been directed by Jason
Haigh-Ellery and was recorded on the 24th and 25th April
2008. This 4
part story guest-stars Raquel Cassidy (from television’s
Lead Balloon, Party Animals and Teachers)
as the Lady Mesca. Also starring are: Laura Doddington,
Briggs, Andrew Jones, Jeremy James and Heather Wright.
The Key 2 Time is in fact a trilogy in four parts. Even
though "The Judgement of Isskar" is the first
story in this second quest for the Key to Time, in the
Big Finish Productions monthly series of Doctor Who audio
stories, there is a prequel audio story – Also
appearing later in January 2009, in the Companion Chronicles
range of audio stories, is "The Prisoner’s
Dilemma" also by Simon Guerrier.
revealed by Producer David Richardson, ‘"The Prisoner’s
Dilemma" started development in March 2008’ a
month before we actually recorded the Key 2 Time season.
When I read the script for "The Judgement of Isskar" it
struck me that there was more story to tell with the
character of Zara’. At first it has been revealed
that "The Prisoner’s Dilemma" was to
be a Second Doctor story but as revealed by Producer
David Richardson, ‘Then it hit me – it should
be a Seventh
Doctor playing one of his grand schemes
with events that took place earlier in his own life,
with his poor companion Ace caught up in the middle’.
So listen out for an epic tale told against a ticking
clock, as the whole universe begins to unravel!
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor and Amy
- Serial Number: 6R/A
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'15", 2 =
31'04", 3 = 30'52", 4 = 29'14"
- Total Story Length: 118'25"
- Also features 32 minutes of trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between
the television adventures, "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 24th and 25th April 2008
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: January 2009
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-363-7
On the Back Cover:
a planet where time stands still, the Doctor meets
a woman who is just a few minutes old. She is a Tracer,
sent into our Universe by her makers to locate the
six segments of the Key to Time. This being without
a name wants the Doctor to be her assistant, but
she doesn’t tell him the whole truth. Not at
first port of call is Mars, where a society that one
day will become Ice Warriors lives in peace and civility.
But the Doctor’s arrival will change all that.
The universe is dying, a choice must be made, and the
Judgement of Isskar will be declared.
price must be paid - even if it takes centuries…
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Simon Guerrier
was thrilled to be asked to invent a new friend
for the Doctor. The original brief was that Amy
would be a Pinocchio character, becoming more ‘real’ throughout
the Key 2 Time series.
Amy owes more to the film The Big Lebowski. And
to Eddie Robson, who pointed out how the Dude repeats
other people’s phrases.
My original synopsis featured the return of the
Doctor’s old friend Steven
Taylor - played
by Peter Purves in the mid-1960s. Steven assumed
the fifth Doctor was a younger version of the first
Doctor - so hadn’t met him yet. My masters
worried that this might be too much like The
Boy That Time Forgot.
So out went Steven and in came the Ice
I’ve pinched elements from previous Ice Warriors
adventures the Virgin novel GodEngine (1996) and
Big Finish’s Red
Dawn (2000). And added some
stuff of my own.
Producer’s Notes: David Richardson
first production meeting for The Key 2 Time took place in early December
2007, at Jason Haigh-Ellery’s club in Central London. There were
four of us: Jason, myself, Simon Guerrier and Nigel Fairs, producer of
Sapphire & Steel, who gave as same invaluable ideas.
was John Ainsworth who had suggested a second search for the Key, while
Jason brought to the table the race which had created it, which he had
named The Grace. Nigel suggested the idea of a Human Tracer, and sketched
out the characters which would become Amy and Zara, Simon was keen to write
the first story of the trilogy as a madcap adventure, while Jonathan Clements
(abroad at the time) was commissioned via email to write the second story.
all knew that, for it to work, this second Key to Time series had to be
very different to the first. And that’s all I’ll say, because
chances are you may not have listened to this CD yet. And we want you to
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 chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The Key 2 Time: The
Judgement of Isskar".
of two artificial lifeforms that have been sent to our Universe by The
Grace, a race of pan-dimensional engineers. Both are living Tracers,
designed with the sole purpose of locating and assembling the six segments
of the Key to Time. This one selects the Doctor to be her assistant,
on a mission that will take them across space and time.
| Full Cast List:
|Harmonious 14 Zink
|Nicholas Briggs & Jeremy James
The Production Team:
|Simon Robinson & Jamie Robertson
and Jason Haigh-Ellery