The Shadow Heart
release for November 2012 was "The Shadow Heart".
story has been written by Jonathan Morris and concludes
the ‘Three Doctor’ trilogy with the Seventh
the fall of an intergalactic empire.
has been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded on
the 16th and 17th May 2012.
McCoy is joined by James Wilby, Kirsty Besterman, Chase
Masterson, Eve Karpf, Alex Mallinson, John Banks and
Jaimi Barbakoff .
Finish's three-Doctor epic, a thrilling run of stories
in which different incarnations of the Time Lord
have faced the same recurring thing, is coming to
an end - and, behind the scenes, two science-fiction
legends are colliding.
with the Fifth
Doctor in The
Burning Prince and
Doctor in The
Acheron Pulse, the Seventh
Doctor is travelling alone in this story, and
while there's no 'temporary companion' as such
there's still a strong female lead for Sylvester
McCoy to bounce off, in the form of actress
Chase Masterson - best known as Rom's wife
Leeta in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Masterson's character is Vienna Salvatori -
who Chase Masterson has revealed is a ‘bounty
hunter, a mercenary, and she'll work wherever
the price is right. Because she's so good at
it, she doesn't really need to try that hard
- she's brilliant! So in order to keep herself
entertained, she talks smart, looks smart,
acts smart, brings a kind of sex appeal to
it... simply because being a bounty hunter
wouldn't be as much fun otherwise!’.
Masterson has also described her character’s
relationship with The Doctor as being really
fun. ‘She's companion-like in an adversarial
way. The wonderful thing about Sylvester and
The Doctor in this is that he really - and I'm
sure he does this other times as well - he really
befriends his adversaries, in a wonderful way.
Vienna is about to capture him and turn him in,
and it may cost him his life, but The Doctor
has a way of enlisting her in a manner that takes
‘I'd say it's action,
but it's also got a fair dash of British farce’,
Chase Masterson has also revealed when summing
up this story. ‘It's funny, it's very
fun, it's a romp’.
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/1
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 28'58", 2 =
30'45", 3 = 32'31", 4 = 40'02"
- Total Length: 132'16"
- Also features 17 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 16th and 17th May 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: November 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-78178-021-3
On the Back Cover:
empire has fallen and another has taken its place.
The race known as The Wrath are expanding into new
territory. Only the Earth Empire stands in their
been fifty years since the Doctor last visited this
sector of space. And one man in particular has been
awaiting his return. As the mistakes of his past
come back to haunt him, and with a price on his head
and bounty hunters on his tail, the Doctor is heading
for a last reckoning.
pieces are finally coming together.
deep within The Shadow Heart.
|On the Inside Cover:
you'd expect, with The Shadow Heart the brief was
to write a story concluding the arc which began in
Burning Prince and continued in The
But that wasn't enough to spark inspiration, so I
set myself some extra challenges. My story would
have to be epic. It would take place on four different
planets, one per episode. It would involve spectacular
space battles (always effective on audio). And at
its shadowy heart, without wishing to spoil any surprises,
it would be a time travel story told in a way that
hasn't really been done before. Just to make life
never ceases to be an honour and a delight to be asked
to write for Big Finish, and in becoming one of the
more prolific writers I feel a particular responsibility
not to repeat myself and to make each story as different
as possible from what's been done before. I think,
with this story, I've achieved that; nowhere else will
you find a superluminary space snail (stellar ammonite!)
called Hercules, or a pub landlord like Starbaff, or
a world of monkey-bats, or a planet sheared in two,
or an insanely glamorous bounty hunter called Vienna
so we reach the conclusion of this trilogy. Our final
story is told in typical Seven style. So much so that
even the Doctor doesn't realise he's behind it all.
Shadow Heart is, even more so than the first two stories,
a tragedy. And like all good tragedies, it's told with
its fair share of laughs along the way. One of its
crowning achievements is the invention of Vienna Salvatori,
played by the magnificent Chase Masterson. Chase happened
to be in England and happened to he working on another
production for Big Finish when David emailed me to
say he'd found our Vienna. It was perhaps the most
inspired and perfect hit of spontaneous casting I've
ever witnessed. I just hope Big Finish brings Vienna
But it's with a tinge of sadness that I say goodbye
to this trilogy. It's rare for a director to have the
amount of input I had into the form and style of a
series of stories, and it's been a lot of fun seeing
the trilogy through to its conclusion. I hope you enjoyed
the ride as much as I did.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery