Protect and Survive
release for July 2012 is "Protect and Survive" staring
Sylvester McCoy, as the Seventh
Doctor, with companions
Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, and Hex, played by
Philip Olivier. It is the first of three releases
for the Seventh Doctor in 2012.
are joined by Ian Hogg who played Josiah Smith in the
1989 Seventh Doctor story "Ghost
Also starring is: Elizabeth Bennett and Peter Egan.
and Survive" has been written by Jonathan Morris
and kicks off a pivotal mini-series for the Seventh
Doctor and his companions. It has been directed by
Ken Bentley and was recorded on the 9th and 10th January
and Hex awake to two emergencies in the TARDIS. The
first: the cloister bell is sounding, so they're
in danger. The second: there's no sign of The Doctor,
so they're alone. Then they walk out into a real-life
When the Wind Blows.
trauma-wise, the opening to "Protect and Survive" is
pretty much par for the course for poor old Ace
and Hex. Ace went through a lot in her two series
of television episodes, and with Hex - a companion
who has appeared alongside her and the Seventh
Doctor in the audio dramas since 2004 - things
have only got much tougher.
the trio return for a new trilogy of stories, of
which "Protect and Survive" is the first,
all that's about to come to a head. ‘The
theme for this trilogy was actually set up at the
end of "Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge"’,
Script Editor Alan Barnes has revealed - referring
to the 2010 audio in which this TARDIS team last
appeared. ‘In the previous three stories,
we've got this situation where The Doctor is increasingly
aware of how often his companions are continually
dodging a bullet, and at the end of Lurkers he
says "How long before our luck runs out?" because
both Hex and The Doctor, in successive releases,
have had near-death... well, pretty much actual
we wanted to develop on from that, and simultaneously
there have been a number of running threads throughout
the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Hex stories which
couldn't keep going forever, so this trilogy is
the point where all the various strands - including
some you possibly haven't even been aware of -
come together in these three stories. With explosive
Philip Olivier has also revealed ‘When
I first started playing Hex I was like, yeah, he's
just another companion, but wow, what a character
he's become. This trilogy has explained a lot of
questions and I feel like I know more about Hex
than ever before now. Some of it is things from
the past getting dealt with, but a lot of it is
seeing how he deals with situations, especially
in the first one’.
Doctor, Ace, and Hex stuff is so strong’, Alan
Barnes has revealed, ‘but if you're developing
a character you've actually got to take them somewhere.
You're developing them to an end point, you can't just
extend everything out ad infinitum. That was one of
the problems we had with "Project:
where do you go after you've revealed to Hex that The
Doctor was there when his mother was killed? This trilogy
is ultimately going to explain what the consequences
of that are...’.
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and Hex
- Serial Number: 7W/AA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'15", 2 =
28'38", 3 = 27'35", 4 = 26'59"
- Total Length: 110'27"
- Also features 33 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- This story takes place after the television
- Cover Illustration: Barry Piggott
- Recorded: 9th and 10th January 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: July 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-943-1
On the Back Cover:
an attack with nuclear weapons is expected, you will
hear the air attack warning. If you are not at home,
but can get there within two minutes, do so. If you
are in the open, take cover in the nearest building.
If you cannot reach a building, lie flat on the ground
and cover your head and your hands.
in the North of England in the late 1980s, Ace and
Hex seek refuge at the home of Albert and Peggy Marsden...
in the last few hours before the outbreak of World
the Doctor is missing. Will there be anyone left for
him to rescue, when the bombs begin to fall?
|On the Inside Cover:
is hard to think of anything more terrifying than
nuclear war. Certainly it has given me nightmares
ever since I was a child and saw Threads on TV. What
got to me about it were two things. Firstly, the
Last Voice You Will Ever Hear announcements (so memorably
sampled by Frankie Goes To Hollywood). And secondly,
the thought of being blinded by the explosion and
having to wait, in terrible darkness, for the blast
wave to hit.
the knowledge that you're going to die very soon and
there is nothing you can do about it which is the most
terrifying thing about nuclear war. Well, the most
terrifying if you don't include the world ending, or
the fact that nuclear war has, at various points in
recent history, been very much on the cards. Let us
pray that it never is again.
the inspiration for Protect and Survive. A 'pseudo-historical'
set within our own lifetimes (well, within mine anyway).
It's a bit darker and harrowing than my usual stuff,
but it's good to leave your comfort zone now and then.
I was at the recording; Sylvester, Sophie and Philip
were magnificent, and Peter Egan is still giving me
now and then, Jonny Morris surprises me with a tense
and claustrophobic play. He's done it a couple of times
in the past, and Protect and Survive is no exception.
also one of the darkest plays I've directed, dealing
as it does with the outbreak of World War III. And
it's all credit to our sound designer, Wilfredo Acosta,
for perfectly balancing the pessimism of The End with
our heroes' action-packed fight for survival. There's
not a moment where we wallow in self pity as Ace and
Hex struggle to work out just what is going on.
this is a play of contrasts, most of which I can't
go into now for fear of spoiling the surprise. What
I can say is Jonny has written a blistering opening
salvo for the Seventh
Doctor's latest season, packed
to the gills as it is with mystery and suspense, and
setting us up for the rollercoaster ride to come. So
sit back, strap yourselves in, and pray we all make
it to the end alive.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery