Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, returned
in July 2011 in a brand new three-part mini-series
in which he encountered some familiar, impassive
faces - the Robots
of Death - in the first story, "Robophobia".
many ways, "Robophobia" picks up where "The
Robots of Death" left off in 1977’, Executive
Producer, writer and director of this new story, Nicholas
Briggs, has revealed. ‘However it goes in
an entirely new direction, and I don't just mean out
cast for this story is led by Nicola Walker, best known
for playing Ruth in Spooks, as Liv Chenka. ‘We’ve
wanted to work with Nicola for ages’, Producer
David Richardson has announced, ‘and suddenly
everything fell into place and she was available for
this story. And she was absolutely brilliant, and so
lovely and funny. She really embraced the opportunity
to appear in the audio adventures of Doctor Who’.
cast also includes Toby Hadoke (Moths Ate My Doctor
Who Scarf) and Dan Starkey (who plays Sontarans in
the television series). Also starring are: William
Hazell, Nicholas Pegg, Matt Addis and John Dorney.
recorded on the 7th and 8th March 2011.
Robots of Death", first shown in 1977, is considered
by many to be one of the best Doctor Who stories ever.
So it was only a matter of time that an audio sequel
would be released.
are many similarities’, writer Nicholas Briggs
has revealed. ‘It's set in an isolated
place and there's a feeling you could get lost in
it takes The Doctor ages to get from one side of
the spaceship to the other. There are also loads
of deactivated robots being transported somewhere...’.
who have seen "The Robots of Death",
it would be natural to think that the same thing
is going to happen as in that earlier story But
Nicholas Briggs has stated ‘There's a
twist to it...’.
Seventh Doctor is travelling alone throughout this
new trilogy, but in "Robophobia" he gets
assistance from a character, called Liv Chenka,
who is played by Spooks star Nicola Walker.
story opens with a person, who Liv Chenka is
having an involvement with, having been murdered.
has to examine him, because of her position as
the spaceship’s medical officer, so it's
quite a difficult beginning to the story for her.
And The Doctor appears while she's in the process
of doing this’.
course The Doctor gives the impression that he
knows everything about the situation - and Liv
Chenka of course knows nothing! It's not a good
period of her life. It's not a good day for her
- in fact, it's probably the worst day of her life!
- Nothing is making any sense to her. Therefore
she spends most of the time a lot of the story
being incredibly suspicious of The Doctor.
three-part mini-series took a short break in
August to allow for a special release, starring
Baker as the Sixth
Doctor, to mark Big Finish
150th Doctor Who audio story in their
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/AA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 30'55", 2 =
27'08", 3 = 24'34", 4 = 30'20"
- Total Length: 112'57"
- Also features 30 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place after "Survival".
- Cover Illustration: Simon Holub
- Recorded: 7th and 8th March 2011
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: July 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-577-8
On the Back Cover:
has ever been officially confirmed, but there is
a rumour that on a Sandminer, bound for Kaldor City,
the robots somehow turned homicidal and nearly wiped
out the entire crew. Can that really be true?
transport ship Lorelei has a cargo of over 157,000
robots on board, all deactivated. So even if there
were any truth in the rumour of that massacre, there'd
still be no danger. Surely, there wouldn't...
the Doctor witnesses a murder.
|On the Inside Cover:
Robots of Death is one of my favourite Doctor
Who stories. Like The
Ark in Space, it is part of a
Doctor Who template for how to 'do' that kind of
story. You know the one: the Doctor arrives somewhere,
which is in some vital way totally isolated, and
has to save the ever-decreasing number of survivors
from some terrible foe. The element that The
Robots of Death added was the 'whodunnit' vibe; except
that the audience was in on who 'dunnit' right
from the start, Columbo-style.
for a sequel, how do you get the unique flavour of
the original without just repeating the same story?
Let's face it, most sequels are just elaborate reworkings
of the original, because, in a way, that's what's
expected from them.
we decided was to add a new twist and give the Doctor
a different role. That was our theory. All the ingredients
that made The Robots of Death are there, but for
different reasons and in a different context.
your own script is particularly enjoyable. You've
lived with the story for months, discussed it with
your brilliant script editor (Alan Barnes), pored
over ever detail of it and now here it is, coming
to life before your very ears. It was also a chance
to work with some particularly fine actors. Well,
you always need good actors, don't you? But in
a story which is all about fear and how it affects
people's behaviour, really good emotional acting
is essential. And because the Doctor has a more
mysterious role in this story, it was important
that the 'supporting' cast were able to take centre
stage with ease. It's their story, not the Doctor's.
was a long-held ambition of mine to work with Nicola
(Ruth from Spooks) Walker, and a great chance for me
to finally work with Dan Starkey, who is superbly dexterous
with his voice. Nicholas Pegg is a great old mate of
mine, and, frankly, every time I wrote Captain Seleral's
lines, I kept hearing Nick's voice in my head. Maybe
I should see a doctor about that. As for Toby Hadoke...
well, he does some breathtaking stuff in this story.
A privilege to behold.
| Full Cast List:
||Matt Addis, Nicholas
Briggs, John Dorney, Toby
Hadoke and Dan Starkey
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery