The Cradle of the Snake
story is the first, of two releases for September 2010,
and is the third, and final, of three stories starring
Peter Davison as the Fifth
Sutton as Nyssa,
Janet Fielding as Tegan
Jovanka and Mark Strickson as Turlough.
Cradle of the Snake" by Marc Platt, sees
the return of the Mara, the snake-like demon
from the 1982 story "Kinda" and the
1983 story "Snakedance" makes its
story, that has been directed by Barnaby Edwards and
was recorded on the 6th and 8th January 2010, sees
the TARDIS crew returning to Manussa, a planet that
they last visited in "Snakedance".
we knew we could get these characters back together, we realised
we wanted to bring back the Mara because it was an iconic
monster from the Davison era’, Nicholas Briggs has
revealed. ‘Original writer Christopher Bailey gave
us his blessing, and Marc Plat seemed the obvious choice
to write it - because Marc does ‘weird’ so wonderfully!’.
Platt is the most perfect person to write a Mara story’,
Director Barnaby Edwards has stated, ‘because
he's absolutely got that idea of two worlds: the world
inside Tegan's head, and the real world. It's a good
little story, and a really excellent finale. The Mara's
plans are larger than they've been before…’
this story is, understandably, a big one for serial
Mara victim Tegan, as played by Janet Fielding. Slipping
back into character has been an easy process for Peter
Davison and Janet Fielding. ‘It's a little
strange - it doesn't seem like we haven't done it for
Peter Davison has revealed.
impressive roster of guest characters has been assembled
to support the returning companions and includes Dan
Stevens (Turn of the Screw, The Line of
Vernon Dobtcheff (a scientist in the 1969 Second
Doctor story "The
War Games") and
Hugh Fraser (Poirot and the Doctor Who audio
Time"). Also starring are: Toby Sawyer,
Madeleine Potter and, as the Tuk-Tuk driver, Director
to this reunion mini-season there has certainly been
a variation between each story. As Barnaby Edwards
has commented ‘We've gone from an isolated
laboratory in the middle of nowhere to a strange planet
and now to a big modern metropolis, where someone is
trying to do something with a crystal, and it has disastrous
consequences! It's been an incredible season, and this
is an incredible finale’.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan
Jovanka and Turlough.
- Serial Number: 6H/C
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'06", 2
= 28'59", 3 = 26'57", 4 = 30'24"
- Total Length: 112'26"
- Also features 24 minutes of trailers,
music and special behind-the-scenes interviews
with the cast and producers.
- This story takes place after "The
- Cover Illustration: Iain Robertson
- Recorded: 6th and 8th January 2010
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: September 2010
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-474-0
On the Back Cover:
"The Mara is in all of us, deep in our minds. In our
darkest thoughts, that’s where it started.
Some people call it a demon, but that’s
too simple. It’s about temptation".
nightmares have returned. Seeking to
banish the snake-like Mara from his
companion's psyche, the Doctor sets
course for Manussa, the creature's
point of origin. But the TARDIS arrives
instead in the heyday of the Manussan
Empire, where infotainment impresario
Rick ausGarten is preparing to turn
dreams into reality.
is setting on the Manussan Empire… and
it's all the Doctor's fault.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Marc Platt
something amazing comes along. I was thrilled and
more than a little scared when Alan Barnes asked
me to write a third Mara story. Of all the Fifth
Doctor's adventures, it's Kinda and Snakedance that
I love most. They are so intelligent, so imaginative,
and so much fun in a highly subversive way. They
are the most multi-layered and rewarding of stories.
The Mara isn't a conventional Who villain.
Yes, I know about the giant wiggly
snake on TV (of which I'm rather
fond), but this is audio. This time
the snake's in your head. And what
the Mara really is is an influence.
It brings out and uses the worst
traits in everyone it touches. We've
already seen what it does to Tegan,
and there's plenty of room for other
individuals to get the same treatment.
the TV stories climax with the manifestation
of the Mara into reality. And then
it gets defeated. This time I wanted
to know what would happen if it won.
Director’s Notes: Barnaby Edwards
Tegan back in the TARDIS,
a grand finale featuring the Mara was always on the cards. Kinda and Snakedance are
two of the most iconic and idiosyncratic stories of the Fifth Doctor's
tenure, so extending the franchise to a trilogy was no mean task.
Stepping up to the mark was one of Big Finish's most iconic and
idiosyncratic writers: Marc Platt.
directed a number of Marc's scripts
before and always found them hugely
challenging but all the more rewarding
for being so. This time around was
no exception. Marc scatters imaginative
gems and it's my job to set them
in such a way that they form a glittering
narrative diadem. And if that's not
the most preposterous conceit you've
encountered today, I'll eat my metaphorical
all I'm saying is that Marc and the
Mara make a perfect couple - and
it was my privilege to cement the
union, abetted by one of my favourite
casts of all time. Vernon's anecdote
about the 'famous dog' will live
with me forever!
| Full Cast List:
|Dr Honri Kerrem
The Production Team:
|Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery