Beeby, Gordon Rennie, Jonathan Barnes and Catherine Harvey)
Big Finish Production's main Doctor Who range has
been divided into four trilogies every year, but
with 13 releases in every 12-month cycle, there's
always one story that stands alone and this has been
reserved for the release for December.
December 2012 this stand-alone story is "1001
Nights" - a Fifth
Doctor and Nyssa story
starring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton.
Nights" has been written by: Emma Beeby and Gordon
Rennie, Jonathan Barnes and Catherine Harvey. It has
been directed by Barnaby Edwards and was recorded on
the 7th and 8th August 2012.
Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton are: Alexander Siddig,
Nadim Sawalha, Malcolm Tierney, Teddy Kempner, Kim
Ismay, Debbie Leigh-Simmons, Christopher Luscombe and
has been commented that this story’s lack of
ties to other adventures is one of its strengths.
As revealed by Barnaby Edwards ‘The good
thing about "1001 Nights" is that you don't
need to know any continuity. You don't need to own
other Doctor Who audio stories for it to work - its
great strength is that it's not part of a trilogy.
It works incredibly well in its own right, and effectively
because it's four stories all rolled into one, it's
a quartet of new Fifth Doctor and Nyssa stories in
one package. Very good value for money!’.
Nights" is not like previous '4x1'
releases - the likes of "Forty-Five" and "The
Company of Friends", which replaced
the usual format of a single story
told over four episodes with four one-parters.
This time, the individual tales are
set within, and build towards, a single
revealed by Barnaby Edwards ‘The
structure is very complicated to explain. There
'bracketing' story, as it were, and we keep
coming back to that. It's a sultan listening
to Nyssa telling stories, so we have stories
within stories... Gradually, as these go on,
all the stones are to do with storytelling
and the process of creating a fiction, and
to do with prisoners and people who put people
in prison, so by the time you hit the fourth
episode all the stories you've heard make sense
and you realise why Nyssa's been telling them...’.
idea though may sounds familiar as the setup
with Nyssa and the sultan is basically the same
as in One Thousand and One Arabian
the book. As Nyssa needs to keep the sultan amused
by her stories otherwise he will kill the Fifth
Doctor - Nyssa is saving his neck, rather than
her own as Scheherazade was in the original.
‘Because they are
separate adventures’, Barnaby Edwards
has revealed, ‘I
went for a complete unique feel for each story.
The segues into the stories and out of the stories
are quite fluid, and the main thing I've tried
to establish is the real world of the framing
device - we recorded that all in one day, with
one cast, and then did the separate stories all
on a different day with a completely different
cast - but they all have a very different feeling’.
Doctor Who range subscribers, whose subscription
includes this title, also received the complete
Doctor Who audio drama "Night of the Stormcrow" absolutely
free. This adventure stars Tom Baker as the Fourth
Doctor, and Louise Jameson as Leela. "Night
of the Stormcrow" will be available to buy
separately in December 2013.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor and Nyssa
- Serial Number: 6C/R
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'57", 2 =
32'50", 3 = 29'54", 4 = 26'32"
- Total Length: 119'13"
- Also features 29 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 7th and 8th August 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: December 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-78178-050-3
On the Back Cover:
long time ago, two travellers came from far away...
the perfumed palace of an omnipotent Sultan, a girl
must tell stories to keep the man she cares about
from a cruel and horrible death. She spins tales
of distant lands she has visited with a mysterious
traveller, of fabulous creatures and fantastic adventures – and
of a blue box that can travel in time and space.
in the dungeons below the throne room, there lurks
a secret which will bring down the kingdom – perhaps
even the universe.
the Doctor and Nyssa escape from this never-ending
story before the final chapter spells their end?
|On the Inside Cover:
pretty clear from which side of my family my
love of Doctor Who was inherited. My
dad, another cricket-enthused Englishman (and
a doctor himself),
is almost entirely to blame. My mother's side
didn't escape from the Doctor's influence either.
My grandfather was the
Brigadier - well, not
that one - but he was a brigadier, who came to
Scotland from Baghdad. As he'd likely not encountered
Doctor Who there, he probably didn't
suspect this dubbing by his British friends may
owed its origin to a certain popular TV show
at the time.
mother similarly had little context for this
love of Doctor Who and its weekly servings of
monsters. So this story, at least for my part
in creating it, was trying to bridge those two
sides: putting the Doctor in a different context,
and a different kind of story. It also meant
being able to bring in a number of storytellers.
I'm grateful as ever for Gordon's partnership,
but particularly for getting the chance to work
with the talented Jonathan and Catherine as they
wove their brilliant tales in with ours.
hope that my mother enjoys it, and that you do as well.
he's ringing the doorbell at Castle Frankenstein in
Brain of Morbius, re-enacting King Kong in Robot
or cheerfully grave-robbing in The
Tomb of the Cybermen,
the Doctor has always thrived when he's been thrust
unexpectedly into strange reflections of familiar stories.
It was with this tradition in mind, then, that for
my contribution to 1001 Nights, I decided to plunge
Doctor and Nyssa into a warped version of
one of my favourite films, the 1973 classic... well,
I'll let you figure that out for yourself. After all,
isn't that half the fun of it?
was thrilled when Nick Briggs and Alan Barnes asked
me to write for 1001 Nights. Looking again at the original
Arabian Nights - tales layered within tales in a world
of shifting narratives - raised questions for me about
what the quantifiable value of a story actually is;
its ownership, and the power it gives the teller. And
so, in my tale within a tale, the Doctor and Nyssa
find themselves on a cliff edge on a stormy night near
a warm, welcoming tavern in a land where stories and
storytelling are literally a matter of life and death...
| Full Cast List:
|Lottie/Alien Nurse/Woman Stallholder
The Production Team:
|Emma Beeby, Gordon Rennie, Jonathan
Barnes and Catherine Harvey
|Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery