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
a welcome return to Big Finish Productions, Janet
Fielding as Tegan
Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough.
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
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’.
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
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!
three stories were recorded just after Christmas’,
Nicholas Briggs has revealed. ‘And
everyone was on brilliant form. It was quite
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...’
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
of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel"),
Raymond Coulthard (Hotel Babylon) and Adrian
Lukis (Pride and Prejudice, Peak
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.
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
past is affecting the future’.
Strickson has also stated ‘We've
got three fabulous stories, and there's an
spark! It's like going back in time’.
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’.
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’.
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’.
- 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
- Cover Illustration: Iain Robertson
- Recorded: 29th December 2009 and 4th January
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: July 2010
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-472-6
On the Back Cover:
know what cobwebs mean. Spiders…’
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.
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
Black Guardian, perhaps?
here, in the dark. With the Cractids. In the cobwebs.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Jonathan Morris
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
Five Doctors to Planet
of Fire. All those stories
with Peter Davison as the Doctor and Tegan and Turlough as his companions.
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.
for Cobwebs, I was trying to write like Eric. My
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
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.
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.
Andromeda Strain, part 2001: A Space
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:
|Enforcement Officer Bragg
|Bio Technician Valis
The Production Team:
|Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery