Seeds of War
(Matt Fitton and Nicholas Briggs)
for March 2013 is "The Seeds of War" and
is a Sixth
Doctor and Melanie
Bush story starring Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford.
has been written by Matt Fitton and
Nicholas Briggs and has been directed
by Barnaby Edwards. It was recorded
on the 3rd and 4th September 2012.
guest stars: Ray Fearon (Harry
Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) who plays
Barlow; David Sibley (Pralix in "The
Pirate Planet") is The Eminence;
and Stuart Organ (Mr Robson in Grange
Hill and Bazin "Dragonfire")
is Helgert. Also starring are: Ony
Uhiara, Lucy Russell, John Banks, Beth
Chalmers and David Sibley.
by Script Editor Alan Barnes ‘This
one is by Matt Fitton again, this time
working from an epic, galaxy-spanning
adventure plot devised by our own Nicholas
Productions have announced that it is a story that
will be significant for the future, with David Sibley
set to return in 2014 as a recurring villain - but
with an earlier Doctor...
Eminence is a very mysterious entity which is a
sort of living gas’, Matt Fitton, co-writer
of this story has revealed, ‘and it transports
itself around in these materialisation caskets.
The gas emerges and takes over the bodies of any
nearby human beings, transforming them. And we
may be hearing from it again...’
been revealed that the Eminence is set to be a recurring
threat. In fact, although "The Seeds of War" will
be the listeners' first encounter with the Eminence,
it's already familiar to both The Doctor and to Big
Finish Production's writers. ‘I had seen
the script for "Destroy the Infinite" which
is a Fourth Doctor story where the Eminence first
meets The Doctor, and that story was written first.
Being a Sixth Doctor script, it is technically a
sequel to "Destroy the Infinite", but because
it's the first time the listeners are introduced
to the Eminence, it has to work from scratch’.
are already picking up on the hints that the Eighth
Doctor might encounter the Eminence too. The idea
of this new enemy is that all the stories stand alone,
and if you want to go through the whole back story
that's something extra’.
Seeds of War" has been written by Matt from a
synopsis by Nicholas Briggs. ‘He didn't have
time to write it! I was called up just after I'd started "The
Wrong Doctors", and asked whether I could write
a script from his synopsis, and that's essentially
what I did - he had all four episodes down, all of
what happens, and I just wrote a script from that,
referring back to him on certain little changes I wanted
interesting thing was that it's a story I would
never have written. Something Nick does really
well is the big space epic, and it wouldn't occur
to me to write something like that, so that was
a really interesting way to work. The first episode
is like a standalone disaster movie, and then the
rest of it becomes this sprawling epic along the
lines of "The Dalek Empire"’.
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Melanie
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'59", 2 =
24'47", 3 = 29'54", 4 = 31'24"
- Total Length: 116'04"
- Also features 26 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
cast and producers.
- Cover Illustration: Mark Plastow
- Recorded: 3rd and 4th September 2012
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: March 2013
- ISBN: 978-1-78178-053-4
On the Back Cover:
is emerging from a long, exhausting war. Against
an enemy so powerful, so implacable, it seemed unstoppable – right
up until the moment it stopped.
despite its ‘victory’, the human race
is on its knees. The Doctor and Mel join its struggle
for survival to try to ensure it has a future.
race against time takes them from the Great Tower
of Kalsos to the Reliquaries of Earth. In an epic
journey across the ten systems, their fates are intertwined
with one family. The Tevelers are to feel the effects
of war more than most
Doctor has a plan. Mel is sure he can save the day.
But something is lurking. Watching. Waiting. A presence
the Doctor knows of old. But just how far does its
|On the Inside Cover:
The Art of War, the legendary military treatise
written around the 6th century BC by the Chinese
general Sun Tzu, we find the following observation:
'All warfare is based on deception.'
The Seeds of War, that adage has never been
truer. Matt Fitton and Nicholas Briggs have
come up with a story of Pyrrhic victory, personal
betrayal and preternatural villainy. Theirs
is a grim future peopled with complicated heroes,
which means you need to find lightness where
you can, but also to play the tragedy to the
the correct tone and pacing for this kind of
story can be extremely tricky, which is why
I'm endlessly grateful to the cast for being
so dashed brilliant. Every character, including
the Doctor and Mel, goes on an emotional journey
in this story and it was a joy having actors
who were prepared to go - and capable of going
-that extra distance.
final word should go to Andy Hardwick, who has excelled
himself in the sound design and music for this story.
His is the world and everything that's in it.
a rollercoaster few months chock-full of so many
new opportunities, this story gave me a fresh
set of firsts.
first: the privilege of developing a storyline by Nick
Briggs, taking his synopsis and fleshing it out into
a full-blown script. Being a Briggs plot, the hard
work of creating the dramatic rhythm was already done:
everything slotted together perfectly! The Seeds
of War became the chance to write a story I'd never have
written myself. A great big action-packed space epic.
And another take on the Sixth Doctor and Mel, very
different versions from those in The
Here they're friends, long-standing fellow travellers.
A lovely dynamic to play with - but does Mel know the
Doctor as well as she thinks...?
first was the opportunity to work with Barnaby Edwards
- lovely chap and marvellous director. And to see his
fabled big book of contacts at work -just look at that
cast! (Including the dream-team of Beth and Banks,
who I now want in everything I write.)
more first. The Eminence. You'll be hearing more from
it, sooner or later. Or maybe sooner and later. But,
as the Doctor says, that's another story...
| Full Cast List:
| The Eminence/Kaisos Computer
The Production Team:
||Matt Fitton and Nicholas Briggs
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery