The Acheron Pulse
second part of the ‘Three Doctor’ trilogy
continues in "The Acheron Pulse" - the
release for October 2012.
story has been written by Rick Briggs and sees the
Doctor stuck in the middle of an interplanetary
story has been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded
on the 23rd and 24th April 2012.
Colin Baker, as the Sixth Doctor, are: James Wilby,
Kirsty Besterman, Joseph Kloska, Jane Slavin, Chris
Porter, John Banks, Chook Sibtain and Carol Noakes.
one of those stories where The Doctor doesn't
just happen by’, Rick Briggs has revealed. ‘Consequences
are at the heart of what it's all about’.
Acheron Pulse" follows on closely from the
Doctor story "The
Burning Prince". ‘When I came on board’,
Rick Briggs has revealed, ‘John Dorney
had written the outline for "The Burning Prince",
and that gave me an introduction to the backdrop
of the empire all three stories are set in. I built
my whole story from his closing scene! I took that
as my starting point - it was almost like taking
a baton and running with it. When I'd got my story
pinned down, John had written a draft by that point,
so by the time I wrote my script I had a really
good sense of the linking elements through the
the main linking element is, aside from the
shared setting, isn't revealed until "The
Acheron Pulse" unfolds, and the arc doesn't
fully conclude until the arrival of the Seventh
Doctor in November 2012’s "The
Briggs has revealed that Script Editor Alan
Barnes ‘had this idea of a huge,
star-spanning trilogy and he talked to me about
and offered me a chance to pitch for the middle
story. It was a huge idea that really appealed
to me - I grew up reading all that epic science-fiction
with gorgeous, garish covers, and really wanted
to do something on that kind of scale. That's
what I wanted to capture. But obviously we're
talking about Doctor Who, so you want
everything to be that much more ramshackle,
I guess! Its
foundation is those old novels, but pulled
back onto a more intimate Doctor Who scale’.
Briggs has also revealed that it is not so difficult
to write a story that, as well as standing alone,
has to fit into a bigger narrative and that having
the beginning and ending handed to you in advance. ‘That's
the first thing you work out when you're on your
own anyway - where you're going to start and
where you're going to finish - so you've got
as much freedom as normal. We were passing stuff
backwards and forwards as we went along, all
three of us, so it was a very supportive environment
and a really good way to work’.
He has also revealed that ‘because
there's no companion you can build to big emotional
payoffs because none of the characters are really
safe. It is also about a galactic empire on the
brink, it's got two races of monsters in it and
the Acheron Pulse itself, which is a horrifyingly
- Featuring the Sixth
- Serial Number: 7CPRE-A/A-3
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 33'30", 2 =
35'28", 3 = 32'57", 4 = 34'53"
- Total Length: 136'48"
- Also features 18 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 23rd and 24th April 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: October 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-78178-020-6
On the Back Cover:
planet Cawdor. Deep in the heart of the Drashani
Doctor lands thirty years after the Succession of
Blood brought Empress Cheni to the throne. For most
of her reign there has been peace and prosperity.
The Empire flourished. But five years ago, the War
came. And nothing was ever the same again. Now the
Drashani are at war with the mysterious alien race
known as the Wrath, led by the Warlord Tenebris.
As more and more planets fall to their advance events
are rushing to a head.
exactly does Tenebris want? What is the secret of
the Wrath's weapon, the terrifying Acheron Pulse?
As the Doctor races to save an Empire, he may not
like the answers he finds.
|On the Inside Cover:
always wanted to write a story that picks apart the
human condition. A timeless narrative exploring the
dichotomy of our ethical existence in an amoral reality.
Of course I have. I mean really, who hasn't?
that'll just have to wait. Because there's a more pressing
need, lurking since my twelve-year-old self discovered
Dune... Foundation... Lensman, Dumarest, Tales
of Known Space. Rollicking space adventures of galactic empires
so, one day Alan Barnes told me about an epic star-spanning
trilogy he was planning. I read the sleek and shiny
outline John Dorney had already written for The
Burning Prince - setting the stage, introducing the Drashani
Empire and its warring Houses. In my mind, it played
Androids of Tara on the set of Aliens. I ate
Acheron Pulse was my first chance to write for Sixie.
I'd always suspected his voice would come very naturally.
Verbose, self-absorbed, sometimes aloof and judgemental
- yet with a soft, creamy centre of warmth and consideration
just below the surface.
it's a rare privilege to tell a rollicking space adventure
where, contrary to popular belief, love is not the
solution to the problem. Sometimes, it turns out that
love is the problem...
I discussed with David Richardson linking the three
stories musically, Toby Robinson was instantly our
first choice. As sound designer on the second story
he was perfectly placed to establish a score in the
first and develop this into themes in the second. His
music is always passionate and responsive to the action.
It has an organic quality which I like, and so I was
thrilled when he agreed to the challenge. The Acheron
Pulse raises the game considerably after the claustrophobic
rollercoaster of The
Burning Prince. This is a story
on a much grander scale. No small task, then, to link
two very different tales.
the later stages of prepping the trilogy, I was discussing
with John Dorney my plans for linking the three stories.
He brought to my attention a wonderful casting opportunity.
When we worked with Kirsty Besterman on The Burning
Prince, she was so perfect in the role and such a delight
to work with that we knew instantly she'd be perfect
to play her own cousin in The Acheron Pulse. You might
say Kirsty became the DNA that binds the two stories
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery