The Curse of Davros
break of six years, Terry Molloy returns to the role
of Davros in the release for January 2012.
Curse of Davros", by Jonathan Morris, finds the
Doctor and his new companion Flip Jackson setting
course for the Battle of Waterloo, and facing the combined
might of the Daleks and their evil creator, Davros.
was delighted to hear that Davros was to return to
the Big Finish fold in a new adventure with the Sixth
Doctor’, Terry Molloy has revealed, ‘and
I was thrilled to be asked once more to don the mantle
of The Doctor's nemesis. "The Curse of Davros" is
an exciting return for the creator of the Daleks, and
will deliver some unique surprises and thrills for
the fans of Davros...’.
the part of the Sixth Doctor’s new audio companion
in this mini-series of three stories is Lisa Greenwood.
(aka Philippa) Jackson is a young Essex girl who
is whisked off into time and space by The Doctor.
The character first appeared in the 2011
audio story "The
Crimes of Thomas Brewster" alongside the
Sixth Doctor, and actress
Lisa Greenwood impressed the producers at Big Finish
Productions so much they invited her back to take
up residency in the TARDIS alongside
I was here the last time it was my first-ever
audio job’, Lisa has revealed, ‘and
I really enjoyed it. I was over the moon
when I got the call offering me the role
of The Doctor's companion. My agent asked, “Do
you want to do it?” and I said, “Of
course I want to do it” - I had such
a good time last time’.
is a great young actress’, Producer
David Richardson has stated, ‘and
on that first day we just saw something special
in her. Since then she's been elevated to
fame - snapped up by the BBC to star in the
new flagship drama series The Hour,
alongside Dominic West’.
producer Nicholas Briggs has also stated ‘Line
Producer David Richardson and I were of the same mind.
She was great, and she'd make a perfect companion.
Flip is young, brave, fun but she has a lot to learn
- and The Doctor takes on something of a Professor
Higgins role in her life’.
really brave - a lot braver than me!’ Lisa Greenwood
has stated. ‘She's really out there and she's
not afraid to take on a challenge. She's such a lovely
character to play’.
in the script simply as “late teens, fluffy handbag,
Essex girl”, and playing only a supporting role
in the story, the character of Philippe Jackson passed
many listeners by unnoticed when she appeared in "The
Crimes of Thomas Brewster. ‘I liked the character’,
actress Lisa Greenwood has stated. ‘She came
across as very modern, and I really enjoyed playing
her at the time, but I didn't think she'd come back’.
the decision to bring her back and so her resultant
three-story stint as The Doctor's new companion Lisa
Greenwood has revealed: ‘I was over the moon!
I really enjoyed it the first time, so I jumped at
the chance. When they said “Do you want to do
it?”, I said “Yes, book me in!” straight
Curse of Davros" sees the Daleks invade present-day
London, while Davros, their eponymous creator - played
by Terry Molloy (reprising his television role on audio
for the first time since 2005) - is plotting away centuries
earlier at the Battle of Waterloo.
how does Lisa's character deal with the Daleks? It
seems that she adapts really well to it. It comes obvious
that Flip knows The Doctor from the first episode.
She therefore takes it all in her stride but. She does
mess a few things up but she is brave and so redeems
her mistakes with her bravery’.
is a modern young woman. She can be quite brash and
is more than able to stick up for herself. But she
has a tendency to run into a situation without even
thinking. She's got a heart, She's a tough little character.
starring in this story are: Ashley Kumar, Jonathan
Owen, Rhys Jennings, Granville Saxton, Robert Portal,
Christian Patterson and Nicholas Briggs providing the
voice of the Daleks.
This story has been
directed by Nicholas Briggs and was recorded on the
6th and 7th June 2011.
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Flip Jackson.
- Serial Number: 7C/NAA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'20", 2 =
28'25", 3 = 31'22", 4 = 39'11"
- Total Length: 125'18"
- Also features 27 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord (The
Ultimate Foe)" and "Time
and the Rani".
- Cover Illustration: Simon Holub
- Recorded: 6th and 7th June 2011
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: January 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-604-1
On the Back Cover:
been a year since Philippa 'Flip' Jackson found herself
transported by Tube train to battle robot mosquitoes
on a bizarre alien planet in the company of a Time
Lord known only as 'the Doctor'.
never strikes twice, they say. Only now there's a flying
saucer whooshing over the top of the night bus taking
her home. Inside: the Doctor, with another extraterrestrial
menace on his tail – the Daleks, and their twisted
while Flip and the fugitive Doctor struggle to beat
back the Daleks' incursion into 21st century London,
Davros's real plan is taking shape nearly 200 years
in the past, on the other side of the English Channel.
At the battle of Waterloo...
|On the Inside Cover:
We always knew Lisa Greenwood
would be coming back. Her performance as 'Flip' in
The Crimes of Thomas Brewster was so good there was
never any doubt about it. So I was not altogether surprised
when Alan Barnes sent me an email asking if I'd like
to write a story where Flip becomes the Doctor's companion.
was, however, surprised and literally bouncing up and
down with excitement when I got to the part of the
email mentioning that the story should also include
the Daleks. And Davros. And that it should - ah, but
you'll have to listen to the story to find out what
the third thing was.
previous Davros stories had gone down the 'psychological'
route, being deliberately intimate and small-scale,
I thought I would do the opposite and write the most
spectacular, blockbuster-ish story imaginable. Featuring
Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Wellington, the Battle
of Waterloo and as many violent deaths as possible,
its working title was Waterloo of the Daleks.
In researching the battle, I strived
to be as historically accurate as possible (referring
to The Battle by Alessandro Barbero). However, as the
story concerns time travel, spaceships and Daleks,
there is a limit to quite how historically accurate
it can be...
Directing The Curse of Davros was particularly
enjoyable for me. Not only was I working with Colin
again, which is always lovely (sort of feels like coming
home), but there was a new companion to introduce (the
fantastic Flip)! And there was Terry Molloy, who is
just a phenomenal performer - so easygoing and so perfect
on top of all that, there was the Battle of Waterloo.
What's so special about that? Well, aside from the
obvious historical significance, in that it prevented
Napoleon Bonaparte from taking over Europe and possibly
the world, this battle was my first childhood encounter
with history. I remember, in junior school, how my
teacher related the story of the battle, blow by
blow, re-enacting key moments in front of us. I can
still see him crouching, holding his imaginary musket,
bayonet fixed, ready to repel Marshal Ney's ill-advised
charge at the allied square formations. This childhood
experience was the reason why poor writer Jonny Morris
got a lot of flak from me for his first draft storyline.
Let us say he'd been a tiny bit cavalier with his
treatment of history... and after he'd read my particularly
bumptious email about how 1 know all about the Battle
of Waterloo, mate!' he bought himself a rather thick
book on the subject - and now he's even more of an
expert than me!
| Full Cast List:
|Philippa 'Flip' Jackson
|The Duke of Wellington
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery