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Enemy of the Daleks
(David Bishop)

 Skaro’s deadliest are back in May 2009. "Enemy of the Daleks", is an all-action space adventure by Judge Dredd/Sarah Jane Smith writer David Bishop, and has the TARDIS travellers fall in with starship troopers struggling to defend a remote research facility from an all-out Dalek attack. But this time, could it be the Daleks need saving…?

"Enemy of the Daleks" has been directed by Ken Bentley.

The Doctor is played by Sylvester McCoy, Ace by Sophie Aldred and Hex by Philip Olivier. The guest stars are: Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) as Lieutenant Beth Stokes, Bindya Solanki (EastEnders) as Sergeant Tahira Khan, and Eiji Kasuhara (Tenko) as Professor Shimura. Also starring is Jeremy James and, providing the voices of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs.

As if they were ever likely to stay away for long! The Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks are back! And this time being guided by a new writer.

Seventh Doctor
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 I’d written a dozen audio adventures for Big Finish before being commissioned for "Enemy of the Daleks"’, David Bishop has revealed, ‘and I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever get a crack at the main monthly Doctor Who range. Most of the other scripts I’ve written were hour-long stories, One joy of writing for the classic, 25-minute episode format comes from the cliffhangers. They create a natural structure that takes the strain out of sustaining narrative’ It’s kind of like being in a 25-metre pool’ swimming in the ocean on holiday. You get to the end of an episode and that kicks you off into the next part’.

Early last year’, the writer continues, ‘script editor Alan Barnes invited a fistful of writers to pitch for a Seventh Doctor, Ace, Hex and Daleks story - he wanted a “thumping good, Daleks in space, action-adventure thing” - and the story I pitched won the commission. Recent audio adventures involving the Daleks have delved into defining their essence, and I didn’t want to go over the same ground - so "Enemy of the Daleks" looks instead at the effect they have on others, how people react to this seemingly almighty force... what it drives them to do in response to the Dalek threat.

This story is about how far people are willing to go to destroy something they perceive as evil. How much of yourself your beliefs, will you sacrifice for that cause? Where do you draw the line?

Without giving to much of the plot away director Ken Bentley has revealed ‘It’s set on the planet Bliss, once home to the most varied and delightful examples of flora and fauna to be found just about anywhere. And due to its abundance of loveliness, Bliss is also home to a research facility that becomes an unlikely bolt-hole for the sole survivors of mankind’s latest tete-a-tete with the Daleks...’

You’ve got to love "Enemy of the Daleks" because it’s the first time Hex meets the Daleks! Here he is, a nice young lad travelling the universe with a bottle of TCP and a sterile dressing, trying to help out wherever he goes and – BAM! - he meets these killing machines. Hex covers a lot of ground in this Seventh Doctor season and his story reaches a head of steam in "Enemy of the Daleks". Plus it’s got girls, guns, mad scientists and flesh-eating creatures. What’s not to love?

Companion Chronicles
This release also includes the second part of "The Three Companions" - the 12-part Companion Chronicles mini-series which are a bonus feature on the monthly Doctor Who plays since April 2009. Each of the 10-minute episodes has been written by Marc Platt and has been directed by Lisa Bowerman.

This special story brings together Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (aka The Brigadier) (played by Nicholas Courtney) and Polly (played by Anneke Wills), who discover that their past travels with The Doctor share a common link... Meanwhile, Thomas Brewster (played by John Pickard) is watching from a distance, and he is now the owner of a stolen TARDIS...

Also starring in this episode is Russell Floyd.

Episode Two: "In Memoriam": The Doctor, Polly, Ben and Jamie are trapped on a doomed world that is scheduled for cremation. But what are the coffin-loaders and why does Lethbridge-Stewart remember them too?

Big Finish Magazine - Issue 13 (Spring 2009)

Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Issue 13
Big Finish Magazine
- Issue 13
 Issue 13 of the 'Big Finish Magazine', a series of behind-the-scenes CDs given away free to subscribers, was also sent out with this release.

 The Eighth Doctor and Lucie – Season 3. Loads of clips and interviews from all the latest stories!

  On this issue...
    1. Introduction - Nick Briggs, executive producer of the Audio Adventures of Doctor Who and Voice of the Daleks, opens the thirteeneth Big Finish Magazine.

    2. The Eighth Doctor and Lucie – Season 3 - Behind the scenes with Nick Briggs and a host of guest stars.

    3. The Magic Mousetrap - Strange things are happening at the Hahlbruck sanatorium. And we find out what, as we venture behind the scenes of this surreal Doctor Who story!

    4. Robin Hood - Sam Troughton (aka Much) talks about the audiobook take on the BBC series.

    5. Bernice Summerfield Preview - Benny returns in the summer with her 10th season. We visit the studio recording of the first story, and get some tasty teasers from executive producer John Ainsworth and star Lisa Bowerman.

    6. Iris Wildthyme – Katy Manning reveals all about the four brand new Iris adventures.

    7. The Trailer Reel

 Presented by Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson. Edited and mastered by Jamie Griffths. Design by Alex Mallinson. Length 1 hour 12 minutes.

Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 3 (May 2009)

Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 3
Vortex: Issue 3
 Issue 3 of 'Vortex - The Big Finish Magazine' was also sent out to subscribers with this release.

  In this issue...
    1. Editorial - Nicholas Briggs

    2. Sneak Previews and Whispers
    - Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles "The Drowned World", Doctor Who: The Lost Stories "Leviathan" and Iris Wildthyme: "Iris Wildthyme and the Claws of Santa".

    3. In The Studio - Patient Zero.

    4. Interview - Noel Clark.

    5. Upcoming Releases - May 2009 - February 2010.

    6. Letters.

    . Q&A
    - Andy Lane.

    8. Feature
    - One Final Trip.

    9. Q&A - Steve Foxon.

    10. Team Twitter

Published By: Big Finish Productions Ltd
Managing Editor: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Editors: Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson
Assistant Editor: Paul Spragg
Contributors: Xanna Eve Chown, Steve Foxon, Matthew Griffiths and Andy Lane
Design and Layout: Alex Mallinson
Published: May 2009
Page Count: 20

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  • Featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex.
  • Serial Number: 7W/K
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 120 minutes
  • Main Story Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'46", 2 = 24'43", 3 = 25'50", 4 = 30'44"
  • Main Story Total Length: 106'03"
  • Extra Story Episode Length: 2 = 11'03"
  • Also features 16 minutes of trailers and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • This stories take place after "Survival" and follows on from "The Magic Mousetrap".
  • Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
  • Recorded: Unknown
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: May 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-84435-409-2

On the Back Cover:

Bliss used to be a paradise planet. The Galapagos Islands of space. But when the TARDIS brings the Doctor, Ace and Hex there, it’s been over-run with ironweed plants, and the air is heavy with the stench of burnt silk and static electricity.

Worse, the Daleks are coming, on the trail of a lost patrol of starship troopers. Holed up in the Roarke 279 research facility, Lieutenant Beth Stokes is preparing her last stand against the invaders.

But there’s a secret on Bliss, a secret guarded by the obsessive Professor Shimura…

This time, could it be the Daleks that need saving?


On the Inside Cover:

Writer’s Notes: David Bishop

The email arrived on a Monday: Big Finish had an opening far a Dalek audio featuring the Doctor, Ace and Hex. The offer came with a list of things to avoid: no Earth historical settings. No Davros. No Thals. No Gallifrey. Was I game? You betcha.

Back in 2003 I wrote Full Fathom Five, a controversial Unbound audio created for Doctor Who’s fortieth anniversary. It wasn’t the easiest of experiences, with numerous rewrites and much angst.

Enemy of the Daleks was a breeze by comparison. Alan and Nick gave brilliant notes after the first draft, pushing me to make the most of this story. Ken assembled and directed a cracking cast that brought it all to life.

After twelve Big Finish audios, I finally had a chance to write for the main Who range - and I loved every extermination-filled minute of it. Who says number thirteen’s unlucky? Not me.

Directors Notes: Ken Bentley

We kick off the latest Seventh Doctor season with a story that’s quite literally mental.

People will tell you all sorts of things about what makes a good story and why. When I sit down to read a script for the first time I’m looking for one thing - the question the writer asked themselves before they sit down to write. It always starts with ‘what if...’

David Bishop asked himself a very good question when Big Finish commissioned him to write a story about the Daleks. New stories featuring old villains are a joy and a challenge for all concerned. But it starts with the story, and the story starts with the question: so, what if the Daleks meet an enemy more powerful than themselves? I hope you enjoy the answer.


Who's Who?

The Seventh Doctor

First television appearance: "Time and the Rani"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Unregenerate!"

 He 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 Fearmonger"

 Dorothy 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 Harvest"

 Thomas 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 not him...

Full Cast List:

Enemy of the Daleks  
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Hex Philip Olivier
Lieutenant Beth Stokes Kate Ashfield
Sergeant Tahira Khan Bindya Solanki
Professor Toshio Shimura Eiji Kusuhara
Sistermatic Jeremy James
Daleks Nicholas Briggs
Kiseibya/Male Patient/Male Voice Jeremy James
Companion Chronicles - Episode Two: "In Memoriam"
Polly Wright Anneke Wills
Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart Nicholas Courtney
Thomas Brewster John Pickard
Announcer Russell Floyd

The Production Team:

Enemy of the Daleks  
Writer David Bishop
Director Ken Bentley
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Companion Chronicles - Episode Two: "In Memoriam"
Writer Marc Platt
Director Lisa Bowerman
Sound/Music Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
Both Stories:  
Theme Music David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer David Richardson
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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