2011 sees Peter Davison, in the third of three releases,
as the Fifth
Doctor, once again reunited, in the
Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range, with
his three companions: Nyssa,
played by Sarah Sutton; Tegan
Jovanka, played by Janet Fielding, and Turlough,
played by Mark Strickson.
"Rat Trap" has
been written by Tony Lee - who has previously written
Doctor Who graphic novels for IDW Publishing. This
though is Tony Lee’s first Big Finish Productions
star is none other than Terry Molloy, who played the
part of Davros in the 1975 Fourth
Doctor classic "Genesis
of the Daleks". In "Rat Trap" Terry
Molloy is playing the part of Dr Wallace.
starring in this story are: John Banks, Alison Thea-Skot,
David Seymour, Andrew Dickens and Charlie Norfolk.
on Earth, in 1983, ‘It’s a bit Edge of
Darkness-y’, Alan Barnes, the script editor of
the stories has stated. ‘If Edge of Darkness
had been all about a bunch of laboratory rats conducting
experiments on humans in a top secret government complex,
has been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded on
the 10th and 13th December 2010.
David Richardson has revealed that this story is
set in the 1980s, and it's about genetic experiments
that have created a race of super-intelligent rats,
who are now undertaking experiments on humans.
Ken Bentley has revealed that "Rat Trap" is
a self-contained story, which takes place in some
tunnels beneath an old castle somewhere in England. ‘It's
rare to be presented with a story which takes place
all in one location - we're usually bouncing around
here, there, and everywhere - and I think Rat Trap
has a wonderful atmosphere because of that, because
it only takes place in these tunnels’.
the big question is what is going on in these tunnels?
Ken Bentley has also revealed ‘Everybody
expects them to be abandoned but obviously we find
out over the course of the story that they're not,
and they've been taken over by these rats which,
having been experimented on, have turned into mutant
zombie rats from hell that are bent on revenge!
The cast did a superb job of realising these creatures
with absolute truth and conviction. It would've
been all-too-easy to poke fun at this one, but
it would have died on its arse if we had. We've
tried to make the villain as frightening as possible.
The sort of creature that would have had our eight-year-old
selves scurrying for cover!’.
though this story has been described as a ‘claustrophobic
chiller’ and is about confinement and wartime
political shenanigans. It is a tragedy too. Ken
Bentley has also stated ‘It wouldn't
be right to treat it with levity. But all tragedy
little comedy, as does all comedy a little tragedy’.
So it seems that this story is not all gloom-and-doom.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan
Jovanka and Turlough.
- Serial Number: 6H/F
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'08", 2 =
32'40", 3 = 26'50", 4 = 22'04"
- Total Length: 107'42"
- Also features 24 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between the television
stories "Enlightenment" and "The
- Cover Illustration: Anthony Lamb
- Recorded: 10th and 13th December 2010
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: June 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-560-0
On the Back Cover:
as the country goes to the polls, two ‘Urban
Explorers’, together with a freelance journalist,
break into the long-defunct Cadogan Tunnels, once
a secret wartime facility… and later, so rumour
has it, the site of an experimental laboratory with
a nasty sideline in vivisection.
find, in its twisting underground corridors, is something
the most cynical conspiracy theorist could never
have imagined: a highly-evolved society of questing,
intelligent creatures, living right under humanity’s
nose for decades.
there’s no way out of the tunnels - as the
Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough are
about to discover when the TARDIS brings them, too,
into the complex.
It’s a rat trap - and they’ve all been
|On the Inside Cover:
a comic writer. For the last few years, I've made
the bulk of my career, including my Doctor
Who work, from multicoloured panels laid out sequentially
on a page. It's a business where my loose descriptions
are drawn by a competent artist rather than myself,
where the reader can instantly take in a scene's
situation from a single image, and where a picture
does indeed paint a thousand words.
be thrown into an audio setting, especially one so
prestigious as this, is a definite departure from
my comfort zone. Suddenly every line of dialogue
needs to be more descriptive, every sound needs to
be relevant. I rely on actors reading my words and
interpreting them rather than the reader doing so.
helps to have a good script editor when leaping with
both feet into such deep water, and I was lucky to
have Alan Barnes, a man who has also worked in both
the comics and audio mediums. He kept me focused
and showed me both my weak and my strong points,
and for that I truly thank him.
A learning process from start to finish and with
a last-minute deadline that was crazy even for an
experienced writer to take, Rat Trap is probably
one of the most enjoyable things I have ever worked
on. And now I must go and kill some writers, so I
can do it again...
always been excited by the idea of Secret Britain,
so when Rat Trap landed on my desk it didn't take
long to get its claws into me. Naturally I hope
a small amount of my excitement comes across in
the final production, but all credit for this one
goes to the cast.
of the things I enjoy most about my job is working
with actors. They're nothing short of magicians,
and I'm constantly in awe of their courage and
skill. The team on Rat Trap saw instantly what
was required and delivered in spades. They've treated
us to some of the finest ensemble work I've been
privileged to witness - genuinely selfless, truthful
performance at the very highest level. I've worked
with some of them before. I look forward to working
with all of them again.
studio recording (as Rat Trap was recorded before Heroes
of Sontar) marked my first outing with this particular
TARDIS team. What a great bunch they are. I hope you've
enjoyed the journey as much as I have.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery