third and final part of the 'Key 2 Time'
season for the Fifth Doctor
and his new companion, Amy
as they search for the Key to Time and in an
epic race to save the universe.
Key 2 Time mini-series of audio adventures concludes
this month with "The Chaos Pool" -
the first monthly Doctor Who audio release
from Peter Anghelides.
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
third and final part of the 'Key 2 Time' season,
was released in March 2009. Titled "The Chaos
Pool" this story sees the Fifth Doctor become
embroiled in an epic race to save the universe.
It has been written by Peter Anghelides and has
been directed by Lisa Bowerman. It was recorded
on the 22nd and 23rd April 2008.
Chaos Pool" sees the return of Lalla
Romana, to the audio series. This story also
sees the return of Laura Doddington, as Zara, and David
Troughton, as The
Black Guardian. Also starring are:
Ben Jones, Toby Longworth, Cate Hamer, Will Barton,
Lisa Bowerman, Nicholas Briggs and Jeremy James.
in issue 406 of the Doctor Who Magazine ‘And
so the Key 2 Time season of audio adventures
winds towards its much-anticipated finale, with
a suitably climactic story which has - in some
ways - been rather a long time coming...’.
As to the
origins of this story writer Peter Anghelides has revealed; ‘I
was originally asked to be involved in the very first
series of Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio stories,
back in 1999. Foolishly I told them at the time that
I was too busy. So it’s taken me ten years to
get another chance!’
other writers of the 'Key 2 Time' season, Simon Guerrier
and Jonathan Clements, had been involved for several
months by the time Peter Anghelides became involved. ‘I
was able to see their outlines before I came up with
my proposal. I circulated my outline and drafts around
to Simon and Jonathan as well as producer David Richardson
and script editor Alan Barnes – and as I wrote,
I looked for links to the other stories and I was able
to incorporate elements from those into mine.’
as to the mixed response to the climax of that original
Key to Time series back in 1979 (where some fans complained
that the climax wasn’t suitably climactic!) Peter
Anghelides has huge responsibility to make sure that "The
Chaos Pool" does not meet the same fate. ‘The
finale of that original Key to Time season is full of
delights! I was a teenage Doctor Who fan when
it was first shown, and I’d forgotten how delicious that
Doctor-Romana partnership is - the frisson of initial
mistrust, then grudging respect, and finally an effective
partnership, teasing or colluding when they encounter
The main challenge though was to be inventive as the
original, without repeating it!.
|Big Finish Magazine - Vortex:
Issue 1 (March 2009)
1 of 'Vortex - The Big Finish Magazine' was also sent out to subscribers with this
|Vortex: Issue 1
1. Editorial - Nicholas Briggs
Previews and Whispers -
Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles "The
Mahogany Murders", Bernice Summerfield 10.1
"Glory Days" and Doctor Who: The Lost Stories
"The Nightmare Fair".
In The Studio
- A Dalek in Atlantis.
Feature - The Eighth Doctor
& Lucie Adventures: Season Three.
March - December 2009.
Q&A – Anneka
Feature - It really
was a Wildthyme.
Richard Fox & Lauren
Behind-The-Scenes - "Mission
|| Big Finish Productions Ltd
||Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson
||Neil Corry, Barnaby Edwards,
Richard Fox, Cavan Scott, Lauren
Yason, Anneke Wills and Mark
|Design and Layout:
|| Alex Mallinson
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Amy and 2nd
- Serial Number: 6R/C
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'30", 2 =
23'01", 3 = 23'54", 4 = 28'16"
- Total Story Length: 102'41"
- Also features 45 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"and after "The
Destroyer of Delights".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 22nd and 23rd April 2008
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: March 2009
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-365-6
On the Back Cover:
ageless leader of a dying race believes that salvation
lies within The Chaos Pool, a place that even the
Guardians of Time have been unable to locate. Meanwhile
Commander Hectocot and his Teuthoidian followers
move in for the kill - again and again and again...
These are two species from opposite ends of Time
- so how can they co-exist?
their search for the final segment of the Key to Time,
the Doctor and Amy become caught in the crossfire.
As the end of everything approaches, old friends and
enemies reveal themselves and the final battle between
the forces of Chaos and Order ignites…
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Peter Anghelides
was a schoolboy during the first Key to lime series.
As much as the wild concepts and titanic events,
I loved the personal dilemmas faced by individual
characters. 8mm the Heretic chooses to he exiled
rather than recant. Madam Lamia stays loyal to
cruel Grendel even though her love is unrequited.
And could Professor Rumford’s Cailleach have
decades later, I’d lust rewatched the DVD
box set when Big Finish commissioned this script. “We
need a huge climax for our mini-series,” they
explained. I nodded sagely: “I can do that.”
I read story one, which starts with planet-wide
destruction and builds into a threat to the entire
universe. Where do you go from there?
Back to my love for the original series, of course,
raising the stakes for individuals. The Chaos Pool
confronts the Doctor and his new friends with their
own impossible choices. This apocalypse is personal.
Producer’s Notes: David Richardson
Key 2 Time mini-series began with the destruction of life on Mars and the
revelation that the universe was dying in The
Judgement of Isskar, and
went onto focus an the ongoing conflict between the waning Guardians of
Time in The
Destroyer of Delights.
poor Peter Anghelides, who was sent the scripts for the first two stories
with the message, ‘Finish this... I want it bigger, epic, culminating
in a massive final episode’. And he delivered.
the fact that the first two stories were written before Peter began was
a huge advantage. It meant that the mythology was established, and he could
go back and exploit elements that we had already seen. So, if we got it
right, The Chaos Pool should be a fitting and satisfying ending
to the whole Key 2 Time saga. And one brimming with surprises for longtime
Doctor Who fans...
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,
but soon the dynamic reverses – she gets a name, begins to experience
the wonder of creation, and learns the potential for evil that exists
in people’s hearts… even her own sister. And, as Amy’s
journey with the Doctor continues, so her innocence begins to fade and
she finds emotions. No longer just a Tracer, Amy is becoming a person.
| Full Cast List:
|The Black Guardian
||Lisa Bowerman, Nicholas
Briggs, Ciara Janson, Laura Doddington
& Jeremy James
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery