Kiss of Death
2011 sees Peter Davison, in the second of three releases,
as the Fifth
Doctor, once again is reunited, in the Big
Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range,
with his three companions: Nyssa,
played by Sarah Sutton;
Jovanka, played by Janet Fielding, and Turlough,
played by Mark Strickson.
of Death" this story is set on an alien world
that has a particular significance for young Vislor
is written by Stephen Cole, who wrote for this TARDIS team recently with "The
has been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded on
the 14th and 15th December 2010.
starring in this story are: Lucy Adams, Michael Maloney,
Lizzie Roper and John Banks.
came about because Steve Cole and Alan Barnes, the
script editor of the stories, really like Turlough.
Alan Barnes has revealed ‘We thought we'd
give him a sort of romance, and expand on his origins,
is possible that this is the reason why Mark
Strickson is a lot more enthusiastic about this
story. ‘The three stories we've recorded
this year are all very different, but "Kiss
of Death" is perhaps one of the most interesting
for me because it turns out that Turlough had
a girlfriend on his home planet Trion and the
story revisits that relationship’.
Big Finish Production’s line of Doctor
audio stories began in July 1999, the stories have
fleshed out and evolved all of the characters featured.
Companions have therefore been given more active
roles as well as new friends, families and relationships
- and in the case of Nyssa - several decades of
of these changes, first introduced last
year, continue to manifest themselves in
this month’s story. ‘What's
lovely is that it's giving me a history’,
Sarah Sutton has stated. ‘Because
Nyssa has been away and grown up, she's
had a whole life which we haven't seen,
and is a lot more three-dimensional. In
these stories we keep getting little snippets,
little mentions about her life experiences’.
in this story it is Turlough’s turn for a completely
new side to this character to be revealed as it now
seems that before we first saw him, in the 1983 television
Undead", he had a 'normal'
relationship, and a beloved childhood sweetheart. Although
he mellowed in later stories, it is hard to forget
that in his first story Turlough was introduced as
a mysterious, ruthless character, on a mission to kill
of Death" finally puts the record straight by
revealing that when he was young, he was obviously
very honest, and deeply in love. Now that we have known
this character for some time it is clear that something
happened to Turlough along the way which makes it very
hard for him to revisit his long forgotten past.