2011 was when the third and final story in the
trilogy, that reunites the Sixth
Doctor with his
audio companion Evelyn
Smythe (played by Maggie Stables)
and Victorian orphan Thomas Brewster (played by John
Pickard), was released.
Evolution" by Eddie Robson, is set in Lancashire
during the industrial revolution. The guest cast includes
Rory Kinaear (Vexed) as Samuel Belfrage, Warren
Brown (Luther) as Stephen Gibson and Hugh
as Robert Stretton. Also starring
are: Joannah Tincey, Paul Chahidi and John Banks.
has been directed by Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs.
the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn’s current run of
adventures comes to an end, it is time to wrap up the
story of their fellow TARDIS traveller, Thomas Brewster.
Feast of Axos", it looked like the
life of the Victorian urchin and former Fifth
Doctor companion was set to stabilise, as he accepted The
Doctor’s offer of one last trip: home. And now,
in Eddie Robson’s "Industrial Evolution",
we get to see what happens next.
is clear that Evelyn has become quite maternally attached
to Brewster and so has suggested that they set him
up back in his own time with a job. But in "Industrial
Evolution" whilst they are in the town where Brewster
has been deposited, so they can keep an eye on him
to make sure he settles in alright, The Doctor and
Evelyn realise that something untoward is going on.
it concludes a story arc created and shaped
by other writers, it seems that Eddie Robson
was given some freedom in dictating Brewster’s
direction throughout this final chapter. ‘It
was given to me where he started off from.
Alan Barnes was quite keen that we did something
back in the workhouse, so I suggested maybe
he could have a factory job, a job at a mill’.
relationship between Brewster and both incarnations
of The Doctor he has known has been invariably varied.
Brewster is feeling quite hurt and betrayed at The
Doctor's attitude towards him. He might do something
to show The Doctor that he really can be worthwhile,
or he might do something to spite The Doctor. You
are never quite sure what he's going to do. ‘He's
quite different to your usual companion’, Eddie
Robson has revealed. ‘The relationship
is quite fractious, but usually when The Doctor and
have a fractious relationship it's because the companion
doesn't like getting in danger, all these awkward
situations. It's the opposite with Brewster, because
he wants to but The Doctor won’t let him. It's
interesting to explore that: what is it about him
that has made The Doctor give up on him? What is
it about Brewster that really exasperates the Doctor?’
it has been hinted that there’s more to Brewster’s
eventual fate. But the two big questions are: how
final an end will this story be for this character
and will the fans Brewster has accumulated over the
years be satisfied? ‘If Brewster never
appears again’, Eddie Robson has stated, ‘I
think his story is wrapped up quite well in this
one, but - though I don't want to say too much about
how he ends up - it's not necessarily the end’.
- Featuring the Sixth
Smythe and Thomas Brewster.
- Serial Number: 7C/NC
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'57", 2 =
27'32", 3 = 25'28", 4 = 30'21"
- Total Length: 110'18"
- Also features 26 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place after "The
Feast of Axos".
- Cover Illustration: Anthony Lamb
- Recorded: TBA
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: March 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-545-7
On the Back Cover:
century Lancashire: where the white heat of the Industrial
Revolution burns hottest at Samuel Belfrage’s
brass mill, a mill plagued by more than its fair
share of work-related injuries.
While Thomas Brewster struggles to secure a fair deal for Belfrage’s
overworked hands, fellow travellers the Doctor and
Evelyn follow the Copper King to Liverpool, there
to discover the unexpected truth about Belfrage’s
in Ackleton, the local MP voices the fears of many
when he says that the machines are taking over. He’s
more right than he knows…
|On the Inside Cover:
play was going to be set in Manchester or a city
based on Manchester, like Elizabeth Gaskell’s
North and South (which I was reading for background).
Then I decided to scale down the setting and put
it in Preston or a town based on Preston, like
Charles Dickens' Hard Times (which I was reading
for background). But then I realised that although
it can be fun to unleash havoc on a heavily-populated
area, sometimes Doctor Who needs a small, isolated
location. It stacks the odds against your characters
and raises the possibility of the place being left
a smoking hole in the ground. So it’s based
on a village just south of where I live, called
you may have read in the notes to Jonathan Morris’s
Crimes of Thomas Brewster, Alan Barnes had
the super wheeze of us swapping scripts for the
second draft. Naturally, my aim was to write a
line which everyone would say was the funniest
in the script, just to annoy Jonny. Jonny was far
more useful in his contributions to my script,
elegantly fixing a significant plot problem which
had been bugging me throughout. I won’t tell
you what it is, because I don’t want to look
Kinnear is pretty darn amazing. Not just because
he’s a great actor - although he is - but
because he completely fooled me. Over the years,
I’ve flattered myself that I’ve developed
an instinct for spotting actors who are clearly
Doctor Who fans too. It’s something in the
way they know exactly how to pitch a performance
for the show.
West did it as Morbius in The Vengeance of
Morbius - a fully-formed performance but with just that
vital drop of authentic Doctor Who-ness about it.
That total understanding of how such a character
works in the plot. An absolute certainty about
what it all means. And that’s what Rory had...
it turns out that he’s never seen Doctor Who in
his life and knows virtually nothing about it. Almost
unbelievable. I nearly called him a liar to his face.
But then, life is full of pleasant surprises and we're
all on a learning curve, aren’t we?
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Fool Circle Productions
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery