release for February 2013 is "Spaceport Fear" -
Doctor and Melanie
Bush story starring Colin
Baker and Bonnie Langford.
has been written by William Gallagher and has been
directed by Barnaby Edwards. It was recorded on the
5th and 6th September 2012.
Ronald Pickup, whose film credits include The Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel and Prince of Persia:
The Sands of Time, plays Elder Bones. He has also
played the part of the Physician in the 1964 First
Doctor story "The
Reign of Terror" and as Kestorian in the Eighth
Doctor audio story "Time
are: Ronald Pickup, Isabel Fay, Gwilym Lee, Beth Chalmers,
Adrian Mackinder, John Banks and Barnaby Edwards.
is a real "does what it says on the tin" title’,
Script Editor Alan Barnes has stated. ‘The
Doctor and Mel trapped in an alien spaceport, 400
years after the last departure. It's by William Gallagher,
whose quirky horror style made his previous story "Wirrn
Isle" such a success’.
time I was writing for the trilogy that introduced Flip’,
William Gallagher has revealed, ‘so there was
a lot of discussion about her and how the three stories
worked together. But Mel is much more established, so
with this the first I really knew about the other two
stories is when I pitched an idea that turned out to
be preposterously close to next month's concluding one.
Mine wouldn't have been as good, to be frank, as Matt
Fitton and Nick Briggs had already found much more and
gone much further than my idea, but the core was too
similar. Mine did have a spaceport, though, and really
everything since grew out of that one word and that one
that the new Mel stories are standalone allowed William
Gallagher more freedom than he'd had with "Wirm
Isle". ‘All I was given this time
was the Sixth Doctor and Mel. But even more than
Isle", it all grew in the discussion with Alan
Barnes. Everything did, but most especially the monster.
Until this story, I would've told you that I am rubbish
at creating monsters: I felt fortunate to be given
the Wirrn before, and I will forever believe that
humans make the best adversaries, but this time I
am very proud of my Wailer. Well, less 'my' Wailer
and more 'ours' - Alan kept finding ways to make
did feel an obligation to Mel’, William
Gallagher has stated, ‘or maybe really to Bonnie Langford.
I wasn't a fan of the character, but I was and am
a fan of Bonnie's, so I was determined to give her
lots to do and my sole disappointment in Spaceport
Fear is that a fluke of my schedule meant I wasn't
able to meet Bonnie at the recording’.
love confined spaces in drama, and the spaceport gave
me something new: it is a very, very big space that
feels confined because it's in darkness. So I hope
we have something of a scarily epic journey across
the spaceport. There is a moment when I had to find
a way for a character to light up the place and it
took me an entire day to think of it but it was worth
every minute. Because now you get about one second
of thinking how clever that character is, then I hope
you get a shiver because you realise how dangerous
the idea really is. And then of course there is always
the question of what you're going to see when you turn
on the light’.