The Emerald Tiger
Emerald Tiger", the release for April 2012,
has been written and directed by Barnaby Edwards.
sees Peter Davison, in the first of three releases
for 2012, 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;
Jovanka, played by Janet Fielding, and Turlough,
played by Mark Strickson. Nyssa is once again the older
version of this character that was introduced in the
2010 story "Cobwebs".
and director Barnaby Edwards has revealed that he had
been fiddling around with this story for two or three
years after he and Script Editor, Alan Barnes, had
discussed doing something in Rudyard Kipling's India. ‘I
was looking around for the right legend to choose,
and it all came together in this story’ with
a setting that is a perfect fit for Peter Davison's
Doctor: ‘It's the style. The costume and
everything. It is sort of 1910, 1920s, so he would
look like he
fitted in there. And of all The Doctors, he's got a
slight dislike of the upper classes if they are wastrels
of my favourite books is EM Forster's A
Passage to India, and one of my favourite
writers is RK Narayan. There's a whole area of
that I like and tried to bring into this story.
I've also stuck adventure stories in there. The
thing I had to refresh my memory on was the famous
lost city of Lanka. I thought, That sounds like
a good Doctor Who story...'
also wanted to write a story that was like Indiana
Jones in that it had lots of action sequences,
because I'd enjoyed writing those for my Sixth Doctor
Wreck of the Titan", but they are incredibly difficult.
You have to write action sequences in a way that is
comprehensible to people listening to it, and you've
also got to get information across and have funny lines
whilst a car is crashing or a train is going off the
the hardest part of the writing process Barnaby
Edwards has revealed was accommodating the lead
characters. ‘I have every sympathy for
people who had to write for three companions on
You get that lovely family feel, but none of them
really got that much to do on TV, and on audio
you want to give them something to do, so they've
all got to have subplots. Simply working that out
was incredibly time-consuming - the actual plotting
of "The Emerald Tiger" took me two months,
before I'd written any dialogue!’
character was a particular joy for him. ‘Every
now and then you have these actors who you've grown
up watching and you would absolutely love to work
with, and very occasionally you manage to get them.
Cherie Lunghi was a case in point. She's never
disappointed me with a performance. When I was
writing the character of Lady Forster, I kept hearing
her lovely, husky, caramel voice in my head, and
I thought it would be lovely to get her: “We'll
offer it to Cherie Lunghi first, and then we'll
go down the list and get someone who's actually
willing to do it!” But despite the fact that
she was on holiday and we had to send the script
out to her, and she had to drive miles to be able
to phone her agent back, she was very sweet about
the script and agreed to do it! And she was magnificent
to work with’.
starring are: Sam Dastor, Neil
Stacy, Vincent Ebrahim, Vineeta
Rishi, Gwilym Lee, Trevor Cooper and Benedict Briggs.
This story and was
recorded on the 8th and 9th November 2011.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan
Jovanka and Turlough.
- Serial Number: 6H/G
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'05", 2 =
32'08", 3 = 29'16", 4 = 30'01"
- Total Length: 117'30"
- Also features 26 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- This story takes place between the television
stories "Enlightenment" and "The
- Cover Illustration: Amazing15
- Recorded: 8th and 9th November 2011
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: April 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-627-0
On the Back Cover:
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night
1926. The Doctor and his companions join an expedition
to locate the fabled emerald tiger – a legendary
marvel shrouded in myth and mystery. They must journey
to an unexplored lost world filled with wonder and
at the centre of this terra incognita, something is
stirring. Something with emerald eyes, diamond-sharp
claws and a heart of darkness.
|On the Inside Cover:
Emerald Tiger is an unashamed distillation of everything
I enjoyed as a boy: Conan Doyle's The Lost World,
those Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films, the tall tales
of Messrs Verne and Wells, Kipling's The Jungle
Spielberg's glorious Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rider
Haggard's Allan Quatermain stories and, of course,
that heady Boy's Own adventure mix I've tried to add
the more mature delights of EM Forster and RK Narayan,
as well as lashings of Indian folklore. For those who
are interested in such matters, the story of the lost
fortress of Lanka is told infinitely better in the
great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahahharota.
the extremely unlikely event that I'm ever asked to
write a big-budget Doctor Who movie,
then this is it. So please sit back; suspend your disbelief
and enjoy the ride!
is a great privilege to be able to direct one's own
work - and a heavy responsibility. The buck, as President
Truman would say, stops here.
no idea what the process is like for other writers,
but when I'm at work on a script I often 'hear' the
characters speaking. That's especially true of the
TARDIS regulars - in this case the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan
and Turlough - but it can also apply to other
roles. Imagining a specific actor saying your lines
is an excellent way of making sure they ring true
and have their own distinctive voice.
Lunghi's caramel tones and Neil Stacy's gruff ones
were already swimming around inside my skull as I wrote
Lady Adela and Major Haggard's dialogue, so it was
immensely rewarding to get them on board. Both are
heroes of mine. Sam, Vineeta and Vincent are actors
I've always wanted to work with, and it was a pleasure
finally to be able to do so. And as for Trevor and
Gwilym, I could happily work with them until the mutant
crystalline cows come home!
| Full Cast List:
|Lady Adela Forster
|Major Cyril Haggard
| The Forster Boy
|Lord Edgar Forster
The Production Team:
|Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery