The Crimes of Thomas Brewster
first mini-season for 2011, for the Sixth
began in January 2011 with "The Crimes of Thomas
Brewster" by Jonathan Morris, which is set in
present-day London. It has been directed by Nicholas
reunites the Sixth Doctor with his hugely popular audio
Smythe (played by Maggie Stables)
for three brand new stories. Evelvn first appeared
Marian Conspiracy" back in 2000,
and was last heard, with the Sixth Doctor, in the 2008
audio story "Assassin
in the Limelight".
been too long’, Nicholas Briggs has admitted, ‘but
I'm delighted to welcome Evelyn back by popular demand.
That's not hyperbole – we’ve been inundated
with letters from fans who have missed her!’
joining The Doctor and Evelyn will be a companion
from a previous incarnation. Victorian orphan
Thomas Brewster (played by John Pickard) – hence
the title of this story. Thomas Brewster originally
accompanied the Fifth
Doctor - and we have been
promised that he and the Sixth Doctor won’t
always see eye to eye.
story also sees the return of Anna Hope (Novice Hame
in the television stories "New
Earth" and "Gridlock")
as police detective DI Menzies, while David Troughton
(who appeared in the television stories "The
Curse of Peladon" and "Midnight")
guest stars as Raymond Gallagher. Also starring are:
Duncan Wisbey, Ashley Kumar, Lisa Greenwood, Helen
Goldwyn and Nicholas Briggs.
plot is, deliberately, a chaotic jumble of
different ideas’, writer Jonathan
Morris has revealed. ‘I had the opening
scene, with The Doctor and Evelyn in a James
speedboat chase, and the scene depicted on
the cover, and an idea for the monsters, but
that was about it’.
interesting about Brewster’s character
is that although he has a very moral outlook,
he has a criminal background’,
Jonathan Morris has pointed out, ‘so while he
might want to do the right thing, he might go
it the wrong way. In "The Crimes of Thomas
Brewster", The Doctor discovers that there's
an east end gangster who's been going around
calling himself "The Doctor"…’
Morris introduced the character of Brewster back in
2008, and has had a hand in the third part of this
trilogy (Eddie Robson’s "Industrial
as a result. ‘In order to spare Eddie Robson
and myself the self-searching anguish of rewriting
our own scripts, we both wrote the second drafts of
each other's scripts’, Jonathan Morris
has explained, ‘with
Eddie making sure I'd got his character of Patricia
Menzies right, and me making sure Eddie had got Thomas
Brewster right -before going back and writing the third
drafts of our own stories. It's a good way of working’.
Menzies is another returning voice: a Salford
detective inspector, she first met the Sixth
Doctor later in
his life, in "The
Condemned" and "The
Raincloud Man". ‘Originally
the script for "The
Crimes of Thomas Brewster" had a different
female police officer’, Jonathan Morris
has revealed, ‘but
I secretly wanted DI Menzies to return and wrote the
character hoping that I'd be asked to change her to
DI Menzies may have caused a problem as she is
not supposed to have met The Doctor yet! But
has revealed that ‘I've found a way of making
it fit which actually turns out be quite interesting
and dramatic’. And it seems you don't
need to be familiar with DI Menzies or Thomas
this release. ‘In fact’,
Jonathan Morris has stated, ‘it's probably even more
exciting if you haven't!’.
- Featuring the Sixth
Smythe and Thomas Brewster.
- Serial Number: 7C/NA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'57", 2 =
26'56", 3 = 27'39", 4 = 28'56"
- Total Length: 108'28"
- Also features 33 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place after "Assassin
in the Limelight"
- Cover Illustration: Anthony Lamb
- Recorded: TBA
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: January 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-543-3
On the Back Cover:
down south to assist the Metropolitan Police in their
efforts to investigate the gangland kingpin known
only as 'the Doctor', Detective Inspector Patricia
Menzies finds herself up to her neck in laser-armed
robot mosquitoes, gun-running criminal overlords,
vanishing Tube trains... and not one, but two Doctors.
the real Doctor, and his academic assistant Professor
Evelyn Smythe, have become ensnared in the machinations
of an old acquaintance - time-travelling Victorian
guttersnipe Thomas Brewster. But what's Brewster's
connection to the rapacious robot Terravores? And
can anyone contain the gathering swarm?
|On the Inside Cover:
Sixth Doctor and Evelyn, together with Brewster,
on contemporary Earth. With Brewster back to his
story started with a single, powerful image. The
idea of being on the last Tube train home, very
much the worse for wear after a wild night out
and, instead of pulling into a Tube station, suddenly
the train is bathed in sunlight as it emerges into
an alien jungle. Where is the Tube train? How did
it get there? And why?
Answering those three questions gave me the story;
a bonkers, spectacular, rollercoaster of a story.
Something like Russell T Davies's season openers;
lots of character, lots of humour, lots of scary
monster action. Plus the maddest, most action-packed
opening sequence I could imagine.
the return of the marvellous DI Menzies! I'd written
in a sarky policewoman, in the hope that Alan Barnes
would suggest replacing her. But then he pointed
out that the Doctor's adventures with Evelyn take
place before the stories where he met DI Menzies,
which made things a little complicated...
Crimes of Thomas Brewster is a bit of a Big
Finish companion-fest, isn't it? The delightful Evelyn is
back, and not before time. And then there's Thomas
himself and the wonderfully dry Patricia Menzies.
It all just seemed to fit beautifully into place
and, most importantly, made Colin
Baker very happy. He loves all his companions,
but I know he'd missed Maggie Stables and had campaigned
quite heavily for the return of Anna Hope.
chirpy John Pickard was an entirely new challenge for
Colin, and the two of them sparked off each other rather
well. It was also nice for me to work more closely with
John, who I'd spent a lot of time with at conventions
but never actually directed. He's hilarious to work with,
because he more or less physically does everything his
character is doing. As a result, he almost gives the
impression of being a caged animal in his recording booth.
'John? Is that you rustling around on the carpet in there?'
'Oh yeah... sorry!' he'd laugh. You've gotta love that
| Full Cast List:
|DI Patricia Menzies
|Mick/Neville Perkins/Guard at St
Katherines Dock/Newspaper Vendor
|Guard at Baker Street Station
|Announcer at Great Portland Street
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery