of Blue Fire
The final story in this year’s
mini-season of stories for the Seventh
Doctor ends with
"House of Blue Fire", written by Mark Morris
- whose previous audio credits include "Plague
of the Daleks".
This story has been described as being slightly spooky.
There are very few characters and the storyline has
been portrayed with a very claustrophobic feel.
‘It's exactly the sort of thing you'd expect
from an acclaimed horror novelist’, Script
Editor Alan Barnes has revealed. ‘There's
an isolated house, a bunch of terrified squaddies, a
legendary monster... We've tried to make sure there's
something nasty for everyone - be they claustrophobes,
aquaphobes, even "blattodeaphobes"...!’
This story has been directed by Ken Bentley
and was recorded on the 14th and 15th February 2011.
Director Ken Bentley has revealed that
‘It's about four young people who find themselves
in Bluefire House, but they don't know why they're there.
The Doctor's there, too, and is part of the mystery...’.
that the currently-companionless Doctor is spoiled for
choice in terms of getting help from the
people he meets in this story. ‘The four people
who find themselves in this house are all like companions
to him in one way or another’, Ken Bentley
has revealed. ‘They all muck in, they all
club together to solve the puzzle of what's going on’.
It seems that the internal
dynamics between the four guest characters are just
as fascinating as their relationships with The Doctor
as when we first meet them, we don't know who they are,
and they don't know who anyone else is. Some of them
are distrustful, some aren't. Each of the characters
is individual in that respect - some are angry and violent,
others are trying to be forgiving and open-minded. There
are different sorts of energies and conflicts that are
going on throughout those scenes.
A strong guest
cast has been assembled and is led by Timothy West,
whose earlier Big Finish Productions appearances include
"Phobos" and "Cuddlesome".
starring are Howard Gossington, Ray Emmet Brown, Amy
Pemberton and Miranda Keeling. Ken Bentley has confirmed
‘They were just fantastic. You bring four
actors in for two days and you don't know what you're
going to get: 99% of the time, they do a good job, but
1 % of the time they go further; they come together
and do something unexpected. And these four definitely
did that. It was wonderful’.
Also starring in
this story is Lizzy Watts.
It has though been
hinted, Ken Bentley, that when the mysteries of Bluefire
House have been solved, the story won't be over. ‘One
of the points of this is that we're setting something
up that we might pick up on later on...’.
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/AC
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 23'56", 2 = 26'53",
3 = 24'55", 4 = 25'31"
- Total Length: 101'15"
- Also features 27 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
cast and producers
- This story takes place after "Survival".
- Cover Illustration: Marcus at Amazing15
- Recorded: 14th and 15th February 2011
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: September 2011
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-580-8
On the Back Cover:
aquaphobia n. An abnormal fear of
water, or drowning.
blattodephobia n. The morbid fear of cockroaches.
catoptrophobia n. Fear of mirrors, or seeing
one’s own reflection.
There’s a whole ABC of horrors at Bluefire House
– as four young people, drawn together to this
tumbledown hotel at the edge of nowhere, are about to
discover. But whatever the ancient and foul thing that
has emerged from the wilderness to drag them here, speaking
of it will only strengthen it.
The Doctor alone knows what lurks at the heart of Bluefire
House. But the monster of his childhood dreams is coming.
The Mi’en Kalarash is coming…
Just this once, the Doctor’s afraid.
|On the Inside Cover:
It's tricky to know what
to say about this one without giving too much away.
Assuming that at least some of you will read these notes
before listening to the audio, all I'll say is that
House of Blue Fire is (hopefully) a story of
surprises, a story that reveals its secrets one by one
over the course of the first two-and-a-half-ish episodes.
Script editor Alan Barnes wanted
something really creepy, and hopefully I've delivered
that. My touchstones for this story were the brilliant
1962 movie The Haunting directed by Robert Wise and,
to some extent, the 1978 Doctor Who four-parter
Stones of Blood, with its juxtaposition
of arcane evil and sparkly hi-tech.
What else can I say? The two-day
recording session was a real delight. The mainly young
cast delivered superb and distinctive performances,
and were an absolute joy to spend time with. Sylvester
was as wonderful as ever, and gave us all a few insights
into his forthcoming role in Peter Jackson's The
Hobbit (my lips are sealed), and it was an honour
to write for, and to meet, the legendary Timothy West,
who was every bit as dignified and gentlemanly as one
I work with a lot of people during
the course of any given production, such as producers,
writers, agents, actors, sound engineers and sound designers,
to name but a few. But the bulk of my work is with the
cast. The task for me is to find not only actors suitable
for each role, but a company of actors who will inspire
each other to do great work, and enjoy their time working
together. I take great pride in getting this balance
right more often than I get it wrong! But every now
and then, even I'm surprised by how well a cast get
on with each other, and by the sterling work they produce.
David Richardson and I will often turn
to each other during a recording and say that a particular
actor or actress is so good we should get them back.
House of Blue Fire was the first time we turned
to each other and said, They're all fabulous, we should
get them all back together for another story!' Who knows?
But I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
| Full Cast List:
|Dr Magnus Soames
||Ray Emmet Brown
| Number 18
| Eve Pritchard/Mi’en Kalarash
The Production Team:
||Fool Circle Productions
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery