Recorded Time and Other Stories
(Catherine Harvey, Richard Dinnick, Matt
Fitton and Philip Lawrence)
Finish Production’s main Doctor Who range
has reached its landmark 150th release, and so for
2011 they are celebrating with a collection of four
single-episode adventures staring Colin
Baker as the Sixth
Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri.
Time and Other Stories" each story has been written
by different authors who are:
|"Recorded Time" by Catherine Harvey
|"Paradoxicide" by Richard Dinnick
|"A Most Excellent Match" by
|"Question Marks" by Philip Lawrence
were recorded on the 16th and 17th March 2011. Three
of them were originally submitted as part of a 2010
pitching window for the Fifth
Doctor, and the title
story - Catherine Harvey's "Recorded Time" -
is one of them. ‘The change of Doctor and
companion was interesting’, she has stated. ‘I
don't think it altered the plotline so much as the
and interactions between characters’. This story
involves Henry VIII, and is ‘about political
spin, really. Henry VIII has such an iconic image
- history has turned him into a legend’.
writer Richard Dinnick contributes "Paradoxicide". ‘It's
even more timey-wimey than most Steven Moffat scripts’,
he has stated. ‘It does revolve quite a
lot around Peri. There are three or four time paradoxes
on, needing to be sorted out, and it all has to come
good in the end. It was quite hard to plot!’.
Fitton's story is "A Most Excellent Match". ‘We
begin the story very much in Jane Austen territory’,
he has revealed. ‘Peri is being courted
by one Mr Darcy, while The Doctor is considering
we've never seen him do before. Then things start
to twist and turn as people and places may not be
they first appear...’.
Lawrence's "Question Marks" begins, all its
characters have lost their memories. ‘They
don't know who they are’, he has explained, ‘and
the only identifying marks are the question marks
on The Doctor's collar. I wanted to explore the
of who we are. Obviously we're made up of memories,
and if that's stripped away, what's left? Every
character kind of reverts to a comfort zone, and
The Doctor reverts
to the arrogance of himself. The Doctor is automatically
running in Doctor mode, but at the same time his
arrogance is a cover for him being desperately
scared that he
can't remember anything’.
of this release's guest stars is Raquel Cassidy (recently
seen in "The Rebel Flesh/The Almost
who appears in two stories. ‘You come to
play two characters and you have to try to find quite
different parts of yourself’, she has
revealed. Her first character is Inquiza in "Paradoxicide". ‘My
first character is great. It's written on the script
that if she was made for the Spanish Inquisition,
she would've been head honcho. She loves torturing
people, with her mind. She inflicts a great deal
of pain’. Her second character is Destiny
Gray in "Question Marks". ‘It's
just such a great name! It's quite beautiful. I don't
think you could give it to a child, but it is a great
staring in these stories are Paul Shearer, Laura Molyneux,
Philip Bretherton, Rosanna Miles, Joan Walker, James
George and Joe Jameson.
four stories have been directed by Ken Bentley
who has revealed: ‘I'm quite touched
that I'm getting to do the 150th release. It's
of sorts, and it's quite nice to do that. I'm
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Peri.
- Serial Number: 6Z/AA
- Number of Episodes – "Recorded
Time": 1, "Paradoxicide": 1, "A
Most Excellent Match": 1 and "Question
- Story Lengths – "Recorded
Time": 37'15", "Paradoxicide":
32'29", "A Most Excellent Match":
38'20" and "Question Marks": 29'25"
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Also features 15 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
cast and producers
- These stories take place between "Timelash" and "Revelation
of the Daleks".
- Cover Illustration: Anthony Lamb
- Recorded: 16th and 17th March 2011
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: August 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-578-5
On the Back Cover:
The TARDIS travellers find themselves at the court
of Henry VIII, where the tragic Anne Boleyn will soon
be discarded by her King in favour of the lovely Perpugilliam
Brown. Or so it is written…
On the legendary lost planet of Sendos, the Doctor
and Peri find themselves caught up in the hunt for
the cache of galaxy-busting super-weapons stored
inside its fabled Armoury.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single
girl in possession of a mind of her own must be in
want of a husband. But which of Miss Peri Brown's
rival suitors will be the one to win her hand: handsome
Mr Darcy, or the mysterious Doctor?
Five survivors of an unknown catastrophe wake to
find themselves caught in an inescapable trap. But
can the oddly-dressed man in the question-marked
collar work out what's really going on before time
runs out – for good?
|On the Inside Cover:
have always been interested in the power of language.
I've always loved words. Words can save or they
can kill; they can make someone laugh or reduce
them to tears. And words can change the course
of history. Spin and image-making may seem a modern
phenomenon but they are, in fact, as old as time
an idea that had been running around in my head for
some time, and when Nick Briggs and Alan Barnes
asked me to submit some ideas for a one-part story,
I was very pleased that it was selected as the one
to develop because I had written it with the idea
of making it very female-centric (which I thought
unusual for Doctor Who)! Peri was the focus
and therefore I wanted her to have a strong role,
but it was also
crucial that the Volsci didn't come across as clichéd.
The Centuria's bandying of words with Colin's
Doctor was a favourite aspect and having such fine
in all roles was a dream come true. Finally, Alan's
input was (as ever) spot on and invaluable to the
is a tradition universally observed that any homage
to Austen must be in want of a particular opening
sentence. And believe me, I held off using it for
as long as I could. But then, twenty-five minutes
is not a long time. To build a setting, create characters,
establish associations. So, how better to hit the
ground running than to take - ahem, borrow - from
the best? As a student of relationships, human nature,
good and bad, Jane Austen is indeed most excellent.
But, as you'll discover, that's just the beginning.
I do hope you enjoy the journey.
a very lucky boy. I started writing Doctor
Who stories when Colin and Nicola were running up and
down corridors on telly, so who better to write
for for my first contribution to Doctor Who proper.
It's been a terrific journey getting here; it still
makes me beam from ear to ear. I want to thank
all the readers of the AFT for their faith and
support. Alan Barnes, you have my eternal gratitude
for seeing the potential in my pitch and for the
title. Raquel, thanks for the accent. Oh, and Nicola:
I'm very sorry about the ending.
| Full Cast List:
|Laura Molyneux and Rosanna Miles
|A Most Excellent Match
| Arnie McAllister
The Production Team:
|Writer "A Most Excellent Match"
|Writer "Question Marks"
|Richard Fox and Lauren Yason
|Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery