The Butcher of Brisbane
release for June 2012 is "The Butcher of Brisbane" that
has been written by Marc Platt whose previous work
includes the 1989 Seventh
Doctor story "Ghost
story sees Peter Davison, in the third 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; Tegan
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".
stars Angus Wright playing the part of Magnus
Greel - aka the murderous Chinese god Weng-Chiang. The Fifth
Doctor and his three companions get to face this old
enemy in this story which is set before Robert Holmes'
Doctor story "The
Talons of Weng-Chiang".
Butcher of Brisbane" has been directed by Ken
Bentley and was recorded on the 19th and 20th January
2012. Also starring in this story are: Rupert Frazer,
Felicity Duncan, Daniel Weyman, Daisy Ashford, John
Banks and Alex Mallinson.
revealed by Script Editor Alan Barnes ‘Marc
Platt has extrapolated a whole world from a few
enticing phrases in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang".
So if you ever wanted to know more about the advance
of the Filipino Army on Reykjavik, Findecker's
discovery of the double nexus particle, or the
murderous origins of the Peking Homunculus, you
can't afford to miss "The Butcher of Brisbane"...
which, as the title suggests, begins with Tegan's
arrival in the ruins of her home town...’
Talons of Weng-Chiang" being made over 30
years ago, and despite an audio spin-off with two
of its characters, there are still new stories
to be gained from this classic 1970’s television
story. And so with "The Butcher of Brisbane" Big
Finish Productions have created a new story with
villain Magnus Greel.
someone to play Magnus Greel was actually a huge
thing’, Producer David Richardson has
he's such an iconic Doctor Who villain, beautifully
played by Michael Spice, who sadly isn't with us
anymore. We had to find somebody who could play
him earlier in life, before he was deformed. Because
of that it had to be a slightly different performance,
because his larynx isn't bust to hell! We went
through lots of names, but I kept going back to
Angus Wright, who's done loads of theatre and TV
work. His voice reel just epitomised what we were
Talons, Greel is quite a theatrical villain, and
I say that in the best sense. His performance is
very large, and here we explore his life as a politician.
We needed someone like Angus who could play the
politics side of it’.
Marc Platt, writing "The Butcher of Brisbane" involved
extrapolating a whole world from hints dropped
in Talons about fifty-first-century Earth. ‘There
are a load of clues’, Marc Platt has revealed. ‘If
you watch Weng-Chiang, which I love to bits, there
are little teasers dropped in by Robert Holmes.
Quite possibly because it just amused him! I sort
of made notes of them all. “Hang on... this
is Brisbane and Iceland and the Filipino Army are
advancing on Reykjavik, but that's the middle of
the sea and how do you advance on that...?” But
then there are references to it being another ice
age, so maybe it's frozen and you can advance across
the ice towards Reykjavik? It's like a huge jigsaw.
Except you've got five pieces and have to make
up about 394 others! That's how it worked out.
I tried to piece everything together. There are
other things, too. Why is Magnus Greel obsessed
with Time Agents? And The Doctor mentions someone
called Findecker discovering a particle, so now
Findecker is a major character in this’.
confuse things even more from The Doctor's perspective
this story is a sequel to "The Talons of Weng-Chiang";
but from Greel's, it's a prequel. Marc Platt has
revelled that ‘It's closely connected
in themes, but it's nothing like how Talons felt
and it couldn't possibly be, because that was Victorian
and this is hopefully quite futuristic. There's
a sort of underworld press, all the double-dealing
that Greel is doing, the alliances almost starting
World War Six - another thing Holmes casually threw
into the mix! It's a thriller. It's a mystery,
all sorts of weird things come into it which are
then later explained. There's some action, too’.
Marc Platt has also
warned us not to expect hansom cabs or any giant rats!