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Audio - Cobwebs

(Jonathan Morris)

July 2010 sees Peter Davison, in the first of three releases, as the Fifth Doctor, reunited, for the first time in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range, with three companions. Nyssa played by Sarah Sutton and, making a welcome return to Big Finish Productions, Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough.

Fifth Doctor
Fifth Doctor

This means that Big Finish Productions have reunited this team for the first time in 26 years. All three have featured in solo audio releases with The Doctor but this the first time they have all appeared together. Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs has revealed. ‘Getting these actors together in one studio is a first for us - Janet has only done one play with us before, while Mark now lives in New Zealand. But they’ve all committed to the project and we couldn’t be more excited’.

The idea it seems first came about during the recording of Companion Chronicle story "Ringpullworld" with Mark Strickson. As revealed by Producer David Richardson. ‘He and I were chatting in the green room, and he mentioned the fact that he’d be willing to fly back again from New Zealand to record a season of stories. And wouldn’t it be nice, if Janet was willing too, to get the whole team back together? I rang Nick and script editor Alan Barnes, and both thought it was a great idea, So I got hold of Janet’s number, and rang her up at home one Sunday. Imagine our delight when she agreed!



The three stories were recorded just after Christmas’, Nicholas Briggs has revealed. ‘And everyone was on brilliant form. It was quite thrilling to hear Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton - who hadn’t acted together since 1983 - recreating their roles so authentically. These adventures sound just like they’ve fallen through a time warp! The mood during the recording was quite rambunctious, and everyone had such a brilliant time that I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team reunited again sometime in the near future...

The season begins with "Cobwebs" by Jonathan Morris, in which the travellers land on a scientific base which they have clearly visited before. The only thing is it hasn’t happened yet... The guest cast includes Helen Griffin ("Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel"), Raymond Coulthard (Hotel Babylon) and Adrian Lukis (Pride and Prejudice, Peak Practice). Also starring is Charlotte Lucas.

This story has been directed by Barnaby Edwards and was recorded on the 29th December 2009 and 4th January 2010.

Tegan Jovanka

"Cobwebs" is a great story’, director Barnaby Edwards has revealed. ‘We start out not with The Doctor and the TARDIS, but with Nyssa, and her robot companion. They arrive at this strange, weird, disused medical laboratory. Being a Jonny Morris script, there is a time anomaly, and something that happened in the past is affecting the future’.

Mark Strickson has also stated ‘We've got three fabulous stories, and there's an amazing spark! It's like going back in time’.



But will Nyssa, Turlough and Tegan be different now that all three are back together again in the TARDIS? It would seem that answer is a yes. As Mark Strickson has revealed. ‘Tegan's very sarcastic, which brings up the sarcasm in Turlough, so they have a very feisty relationship. She's always trying to put him down, but Turlough continuously gets the better hand, really. He has the put-down lines! And he's treated with more respect by The Doctor, which Tegan of course hates’.

And Nyssa, as a character, is such a goody-two-shoes that Tegan and Turlough can't bear her! She's so sugary and nice, and she's gonna save the world, and she's always trying to find health cures for people. They sort of respect her - she's lovely - but she's kind of out there on her own. Peter's Doctor really likes Nyssa, and they have a really close relationship, which Tegan and Turlough are both jealous of’.

So there are a lot of dynamics going on. And some of that, we bring to the script as actors, because we know our characters better than the script-writers do. We've been these characters’.

Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 17 (July 2010)

Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 17 (Front Cover)
Vortex: Issue 17
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Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 17 (Back Cover)
Vortex: Issue 17
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 Issue 17 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
    - The Seventh Doctor Trilogy.

    3. In The Studio - Fresh Producer

    4. Feature - Wanted: One Article, Slightly Smudged, GSOH

    5. Letters

    6. Feature - Raising The Dead (Dark Shadows Special)

    7. Feature - Capital Affair (Dark Shadows Special)

    8. Feature - Tripping Yarns

    9. Interview - Mark My Words

    10. Forthcoming Releases - July 2010 - April 2011


Published By: Big Finish Productions Ltd
Managing Editor: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Editors: Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson
Assistant Editor: Paul Spragg
Design and Layout: Alex Mallinson
Published: July 2010
Page Count: 24

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  • Featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka and Turlough.
  • Serial Number: 6H/A
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 120 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 28'08", 2 = 27'50", 3 = 29'02", 4 = 28'14"
  • Total Length: 113'14"
  • Also features 26 minutes of trailers, music and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • Cover Illustration: Iain Robertson
  • Recorded: 29th December 2009 and 4th January 2010.
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: July 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-84435-472-6

On the Back Cover:

Audio - Cobwebs

You know what cobwebs mean. Spiders…

In search of a cure for a sickness that’s so far claimed six billion lives, scientist Nyssa arrives at an abandoned gene-tech facility on the toxic planet Helheim. ‘Hellhole’, more like.

Nyssa’s not alone. The TARDIS has also been drawn to the Helheim base – and in its cobweb-coated corridors, she soon runs into the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough, her travelling companions of half a century past. But who, or what, has engineered this strange reunion? The Black Guardian, perhaps?

The answer’s here, in the dark. With the Cractids. In the cobwebs.


On the Inside Cover:

Writer’s Notes: Jonathan Morris

If you were to ask me what was my favourite era of Doctor Who, then, after a large amount of umm-and-aah-ing, I'd probably have to say the run of stories from The Five Doctors to Planet of Fire. All those stories with Peter Davison as the Doctor and Tegan and Turlough as his companions.

Partly, of course, it's nostalgia. Those were the first stories I ever videoed, so when I was a kid, I watched them again and again and again.

But even now, they've still never got boring.

It's because - no matter how rubbery the monsters were - they're just damn great stories, and the credit for that must largely go to the then-script editor, Eric Saward. He made Doctor Who so much more dramatic and dangerous, and wrote such wonderfully hard-bitten, punchy, witty dialogue.

So for Cobwebs, I was trying to write like Eric. My little tribute.

Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards

When the idea was first mooted at Big Finish, the obvious and immediate thrill which it engendered in me was almost instantly tempered by the thought that we'd better get this right or no one would forgive us. Fortunately, when the scripts come in, all misgivings were allayed. Each writer had captured the characters, the relationships and the spirit of that era perfectly.

Jonny Morris's story launches the trilogy in a bold, beautiful and brilliant way, reacquainting us with these iconic figures and throwing them into a new adventure packed with mystery and peril.

Part Andromeda Strain, part 2001: A Space Odyssey, part Memento, wholly Jonny, Cobwebs was a difficult story to direct. It demands a great deal from its cast, both mentally and physically. Thankfully, everyone rose to the challenge, delivering knockout performances all round and making this an explosive comeback for our heroes.


Full Cast List:

The Doctor Peter Davison
Tegan Jovanka Janet Fielding
Vislor Turlough Mark Strickson
Nyssa Sarah Sutton
Laki Raymond Coulthard
Director Cardell Helen Griffin
Enforcement Officer Bragg Adrian Lukis
Bio Technician Valis Charlotte Lucas
Edgar/Hawks Raymond Coulthard
Ship's Computer Helen Griffin
Echelon Charlotte Lucas

The Production Team:

Writer Jonathan Morris
Director Barnaby Edwards
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Theme Music David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer David Richardson
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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