The Burning Prince
January 2009 Big Finish Productions started splitting
its main Doctor Who range into three-story mini-series.
Sometimes, the releases were linked only loosely.
Often though, they formed a definite trilogy. But
always, they featured the same Doctor and companion(s)
final mini-series of 2012 though is a little different.
Each of the three stories features a different Doctor
- the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh - starting with the
second release in September with Peter Davison, as
the Fifth Doctor, in "The Burning Prince" -
the first part of a ‘Three Doctor’ trilogy.
Burning Prince" has been written by John Dorney
and has been directed by Ken Bentley. It was recorded
on the 19th and 20th March 2012 and sees the Fifth
Doctor becoming caught up in the hunt for a missing
story stars Caroline Langrishe, Clive Mantle, George
Rainsford, Dominic Rowan, Derek Hutchinson, Caroline
Keiff, Tim Treloar and Kirsty Besterman.
wanted to do something a bit different with the year's
final trilogy’, Script Editor Alan Barnes has
revealed, ‘so what we've come up with is
an epic space saga spanning 60-odd years involving
Doctors, a royal wedding and a brooding villain...
not to mention psychic powers, swamp monsters, barbarian
hordes, bounty hunters and a space-faring snail!’.
wanted to do an action movie’, John Dorney
has stated. ‘I wanted to do a full-on,
balls-to-the-wall action film. People are trapped
in a very tense
environment, a very dangerous situation, and it's
just a series of problems they've got to get through;
it's about the desperate struggle to survive and
save the day. Not all the problems are generated
by the monsters - some of them are generated by
the human cast, and not everybody is on the side
of the angels... so The Doctor's fighting against
monsters both literally and metaphorically’.
a linking element (although exactly what that linking
element is will remain a mystery until the second
story) which connects this story with the two adventures
that follow and John Dorney, having chosen to write
the premiere, was involved in its creation. ‘Overall
it was an incredibly complex undertaking’,
he has revealed. ‘I got a fairly wide
brief from Alan - he'd gone some way with the concept
of the trilogy as a whole, and then I could pick
one of the three slots to go with. It's an incredibly
difficult thing when you've got a brief that big,
that wide in scale, to develop the linking element
so that it can justify 12 episodes’.
In these three stories, the
respective Doctors are travelling solo – which for the
Fifth Doctor is a rare occurrence in the Big Finish
Productions audio range. John Dorney has admitted
that ‘it's quite interesting to put him
into this situation. I suppose it's not really different
from a normal story where he's separated from his
companions - he still reacts to other people the
same. There's almost a degree to which, because he
has such stress with his companions usually, it's
nice to get him out of that environment. It's nice
to have him cut loose without the feeling he has
to justify himself to people. The other thing is,
I wanted to ramp up the body count. If you don't
have any companions, then you can surprise people
with who lives and who dies...’.
- Featuring the Fifth
- Serial Number: 6R/AA
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'31", 2 =
28'01", 3 = 26'23", 4 = 29'50"
- Total Length: 110'45"
- Also features 26 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 19th and 20th March 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: September 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-78178-019-0
On the Back Cover:
Drashani Empire – a galaxy-spanning civilisation,
the glory of Rome set among the stars. But for decades
now, the Royal Houses of Gadarel and Sorsha have
been at war, each claiming the Imperial throne.
wedding of Prince Kylo and Princess Aliona was meant
to change all that – a blessed union between
the Houses, a new hope for the Empire. Until Aliona's
wedding galley crash-landed on the planet Sharnax – and
all contact was lost.
TARDIS lands aboard the ship carrying the fiery Kylo
in search of his lost princess – but with a
sabre-toothed monster roaming its corridors, the
Doctor soon discovers he's not the only alien presence
|On the Inside Cover:
this is awkward. Usually with the author's notes
on these CDs, it's easy to know where to start. Talk
about the brief, talk about the development of the
story. Some thoughts on the recording.
The Burning Prince is different. It's the first part
of a trilogy. A loose trilogy to be sure, where the
plays will all work individually, but nonetheless add
up to a greater whole. And the brief I got wasn't just
for this story. It was effectively to develop, with
my esteemed script editor Alan Barnes, rough ideas
for the whole lot, things to seed into the later scripts.
as with any dramatic storytelling, a lot of the joy
is in the surprise. Say too much and I risk spoiling
not only this story, but Rick Briggs' awesome space
opera The Acheron Pulse and the freewheeling, crazy
fun that is Jonny Morris' The Shadow Heart. And I love
those stories far too much to do that.
consider this an apology. An apology for the absence
of a proper set of notes, but you'll understand that
in time. Just enjoy the ride, and brace yourself. It's
a bumpy road, with some shocks along the way. Sometimes
there are no happy endings.
of the trilogies I've worked on for Big Finish have
been linked by the journey of our hero, or more accurately
the journey of his companions. This trilogy is different.
Three stories with three Doctors, each of them travelling
solo, and linked this time by a love story that spans
three generations. For me it's a departure in form,
and so it required a departure in style. Not a massive
departure by any means, but I knew this trilogy couldn't
be treated normally. I felt strongly that it needed
to be linked together. Just as the three stories are
linked by the love story (the emotional heart of the
trilogy), I decided the trilogy needed to be linked
by music. I discussed this with David Richardson and
so, unusually (but not for the first time), we have
a separate sound designer and composer working on The
magnificent sound design is by Martin Montague, the
perfect choice to kick off the trilogy and bring to
life John Dorney's emotional rollercoaster. I subscribe
to the Phil Spector school of audio production and
try to achieve a perfectly constructed and composed
wall of sound. Martin's work is always spot on in this
respect and he's one of the boldest and bravest sound
designers I've worked with.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Martin Montague and Toby Hrycek-Robinson
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery