Black and White
release for August 2012 is "Black and White" and
sees Sylvester McCoy, as the Seventh
companions Ace, played by Sophie Aldred, and Hex,
played by Philip Olivier. It is the second of three
releases for the Seventh Doctor in 2012.
by Matt Fitton this story guest stars Stuart Milligan
(Nixon in "The Impossible Astronaut/Day
of the Moon"). Also starring are: Maggie O'Neill,
Amy Pemberton, Michael Rouse, Richard Bremmer, John
Banks and James Hayward.
story has been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded
on the 12th and 13th January 2012.
revealed in "The
Angel of Scutari", the
TARDIS had its outer shell blown off, and when it
reappeared it was white. It's stayed that way in
all the Seventh Doctor's subsequent audio adventures
with Ace and Hex. But in his solo audio adventures,
it's been black.
noticed and script editor Alan Barnes, the mastermind
behind the million-and-one arcs reaching their
climax in the current Seventh Doctor trilogy has
revealed that he ‘just stood back and
rubbed my hands with glee! It's one of the maddest
we've done. But I also think it's going to be one
of the best and most dramatic things we've done’.
it involves some trademark Seventh Doctor obfuscation
as revealed by Sophie Aldred, who plays Ace. ‘I
think that's what was brilliant in the TV series
- the fact that yes, he was this benevolent guy
going around doing good things all the time, but
actually he manipulated his companions as well’.
Olivier, whose character Hex has suffered the brunt
of The Doctor's activities of late though has commented. ‘Part
of you is thinking 'Oh God, I'm being beaten up
all the time, what is it?!', but the thing is it's
such a great role to play, and I have such a great
time doing it. In Black and White, he really does
have a go at The Doctor, which has been a long
time coming. It really comes to a boiling point.
It's one of my favourite scripts I've had to do’.
Fitton, this stories writer, has revealed ‘There
are a lot of explanations and answers but poses
a lot more questions as well. Initially, what
Alan was very keen on doing was having the
first episode set in the TARDIS, dealing with
the revelations at the end of last month's "Protect
and Survive". That sort of imposed a different
structure onto it really’.
But Matt, whose pitch it has
been revealed was ‘Doctor Who meets Beowulf’,
wanted the script to be about stories and structure
anyway - ‘so I ended up with a first episode
that's sort of standalone, and then three episodes
that are the beginning, middle, and end to the Beowulf
story - but not necessarily in that order! I wanted
to do something other than just a straightforward
telling of the myth’. ‘I've taken the
elements of the poem itself - Beowulf, Grendel, and
a couple of other characters that appear in passing
like Wiglaf and Weohstan - and used them to sort
of extrapolate what the real events might have been
had there been some alien intervention; what could
have produced the story that everyone knows? The
poem was only written down several centuries after
the story became established - it was sort of a folk
tale in the Scandinavian countries that got passed
over to England, and even the Anglo Saxon version
has added elements that weren't there originally
- so I liked the idea that it's layer upon layer,
changing depending on who's telling it’. "Black
and White" is sort of like 300 crossed with
Charlotte's Web. It's an epic battle story
that's undercut by humour. Or The Vikings crossed
with Bilko as spun by a sixth-century Alistair
Campbell! And there's a bit of conspiracy thriller
thrown in. Just
what is The Doctor up to...?’
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and Hex
- Serial Number: 7W/AB
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'40", 2 =
35'54", 3 = 30'56", 4 = 33'13"
- Total Length: 127'43"
- Also features 28 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: 12th and 13th January 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: August 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-944-8
On the Back Cover:
TARDIS arrives in the land of the Danes, where a
young warrior seeks to rid the kingdom of Hrothgar
from a cruel and terrifying demon. The brave young
warrior is Beowulf; the monster is Grendel... or
so his name will one day be written. But what's written
down in black and white is sometimes very far from
the truth – as the Doctor knows, and his companions
are about to discover.
|On the Inside Cover:
is a story about stories. The stories we tell to
make us look good. Or to make us look bad. Really
bad. The ones we tell ourselves to keep us going,
and the ones that inspire others to follow or to
all you know about the world is what you hear, stories
become even more significant. One of the oldest tales
in European literature was only written down after
several centuries in the telling, acquiring layer after
layer in the process.
need heroes and villains - but the truth is often grey.
Even for the Doctor - especially the Seventh
- things are rarely black and white. Except the 'things'
enough with the cryptic. For me, Ace and Hex form one
of the all-time great TARDIS teams. One of the beauties
of writing Doctor Who is that I get to play with other
people's toys. It's a privilege when they're so well-made,
and I hope I've served them well. All of them.
loved every second of this journey: from first discussions,
through the writing, to the recording days themselves.
And what a cast!
Thank you Alan, and thank you Big Finish.
wasn't until I was recording Black and White that I
realised just how fabulous the script is. It was probably
only once I could hear the characters speaking for
real that it dawned on me: Matt Fitton has rewritten
the oldest and greatest story ever told, and he's done
it with such aplomb that it not only works brilliantly,
it could be the story of Beowulf. He's changed nothing,
but he's changed everything. And the really witty thing
is, by the end of it, you're not entirely sure who's
written what. Who's telling the truth and who's lying.
What's fact and what's fiction (so to speak). And how
perfectly suited that is for the Seventh
Ace and Hex once again find themselves on the blunt
end of Seven's long arm. But for once they're not alone.
Naturally, Hex isn't taking it well. The pressure's
on, things are hotting up, and this time heads are
going to roll. It's just a question of whose.
possibly most satisfying of all, we discover why Seven's
been so cagey for so long. Which of course begs the
question: does this mean he might finally change?
| Full Cast List:
|Captain Lysandra Aristedes
|Private Sally Morgan
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery