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Masters of Earth
(Mark Wright and Cavan Scott)

The second of the final trilogy of stories for 2014 starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant (as the Sixth Doctor and his companion Peri) is called "Masters of Earth".

Written by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott, and directed by Nicholas Briggs, this story features the return of the Daleks and is set during the Dalek occupation of Earth in the twenty-second century.

Sixth Doctor
Sixth Doctor

This story stars: Tracy Wiles, Brian McCardie, Sean Biggerstaff, Hugh Ross, Damian Lynch and Nicholas Briggs (playing the parts of the Daleks and a Roboman).

On their first adventure since reuniting, the Sixth Doctor and Peri find themselves slap-bang in the middle of the Dalek occupation seen in the 1964 First Doctor story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

As revealed by co-writer Mark Wright in this story a later incarnation of The Doctor has been inserted into events that we have already seen in the series. 'Quite big events, with an outcome that has an enormous effect on planet Earth. It's one of those fixed points in time, really - you have a Doctor who arrives and can't do anything, can't do much to change the timelines at all, because he's scared that anything he does could alter things horribly'.



'It's quite a change of pace', co-writer Cavan Scott has also revealed. 'The Sixth Doctor likes to go in and announce his presence, with his head held high and Shakespearean quotes on his lips, but he can't really do that in this. He has to be careful, he has to be a bit sneakier, he has to be a bit like his successor in a lot of ways. I think he starts to enjoy himself, but at the beginning, he's incredibly reticent to get involved - which again is something we don't usually see with this incarnation of The Doctor'.

This story takes place in Scotland, with a narrower focus than the original serial. 'Within every war story, there are little pocket stories going on, so this is very much one of those', Cavan Scott has stated. 'You haven't got the weight of the entire world hanging on The Doctor's shoulders -the situation, the danger, the peril that he's in is far more personal, I think; closer. The fate of the Earth doesn't hang in the balance, but the fate of the people he meets does'.

This is a very character-based story and rather than being a big group of people who lead the resistance this story has a much smaller group of characters. This story is therefore very different to "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" which was very much about that spectacle of flying saucers over London, Daleks patrolling around Trafalgar Square.

'It really is our love letter to the Terry Nation Dalek stories', Cavan Scott has stated. 'That was very much in our minds when we were writing, and constructing the plot - those things we love about the early Dalek stories that we wanted to pay homage to, and hopefully update a little bit as well...'


Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 69 (November 2014)

Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Vortex: Issue 69
Vortex: Issue 69
 Issue 69 of 'Vortex - The Big Finish Magazine' was also sent out to subscribers with this release.

  In this issue...

    1. Sneak Previews & Whispers – Dark Shadows: Bloodlust

    2. Editorial - Kenny

    3. Article - Doctor Who: Dark Eyes 3 - The Master's Masterplan

    4. Article - The Confessions of Dorian Gray - Gray Matter

    5. Article - Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant - Sixy and They Know It!

    6. Article - Blake's 7 - Standard By 2

    7. Article - Blake's 7 - Criminal Damage

    8. Article - Doctor Who: Masters of Earth - McSterminate

    9. Article - Listen Again - Blake's 7: Warship

    10. Vortex Mail

    11. Coming Up... Release Schedule – November 2014 - August 2015

Published By: Big Finish Productions Ltd
Managing Editor: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Editor: Kenny Smith
Executive Producer: Nicholas Briggs
Design: Mark Plastow
Published: November 2014
Page Count: 24


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  • Featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri.
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 120 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 32'06", 2 = 30'11", 3 = 35'30", 4 = 35'12"
  • Total Length: 132'59"
  • Also features 15 minutes of trailers, music and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • Cover Illustration: Anthony Lamb
  • Recorded: TBA
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: November 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1-78178-334-4

On the Back Cover:

Audio - Masters of Earth

The year is 2163. Ten years since the Daleks invaded the Earth. One year until the Doctor, in his first incarnation, will help bring the occupation to an end. But for now, their reign of terror goes on.

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Peri to Scotland – enslaved, like everywhere else on the planet. But there are rumours of Dalek-free islands off its coast. Places where resistors and refuseniks are coming together, gathering arms and armour, preparing to strike back against the enemy.

When the Doctor falls in with an unlikely group of freedom fighters making that dangerous journey to Orkney, he finds himself trapped – but not only by the Daleks, their robotised henchmen and their human collaborators.

By history. Because history shows that for another year, resistance is useless..


On the Inside Cover:

Director's Notes

Masters of Earth
Script editor Alan Barnes knew the trap he was laying for me. A story set during the Dalek invasion of Earth, slythers, transolar discs and human 'replicants'. He knew I'd take the bate. He carefully guided Mark Wright and Cavan Scott through the process of lacing the story with yet more delicious ingredients. How could I resist?

We had a lovely time recording it. Particularly heartening was Nicola Bryant's attention to detail when it came to the portrayal of Peri. She arrived at the studio armed with a number of great rewrites, by her partner Nev Fountain, fighting Peri's corner relentlessly, and naturally the end result is all the better for it. I am greatly indebted to her and Nev. Lovely people.

And then Martin Montague came along to do some superb sound design. He also had many contributions beyond simple sound design, successfully suggesting better ways for scenes to work, reworking the scene structure and so on. All this is part of the collaborative process I enjoy, working with truly creative people.

I would like to offer an apology to those who correctly brought to our attention the fact that the story refers to 'The Orkneys', when the correct term is 'the Orkney Islands'. However, after some research we discovered that 'Orkneys', although wholly incorrect, is in common usage, often by inhabitants of the islands themselves. One of those irritating little facts that we felt sure would permeate even the 22nd Century.


Writer’s Notes


A word that strikes terror into the hearts of billions around the galaxy. Unless you're a writer of Doctor Who audio dramas, when that single word in the subject header of an email is cause for joy and celebration. After a couple of years exploring the galaxy with the crew of the Liberator. script editor Alan Barnes was seconding us back to the Doctor Who range with the chance to write a Dalek story.

And the brief he outlined was far too delicious to resist - not only were we being tasked with writing a new Dalek story, it was a Dalek story that was to be set just prior to the events of the TV storyThe Dalek Invasion of Earth.

There's something about The Dalek I
nvasion of Earth, something a little bit special. In 1964, Doctor Who is a show riding high, fuelled by the success of the original Dalek story and a first season of imaginative, exciting television, produced by a visionary and performed by that wonderful original cast. And now Doctor Who had the confidence to dive into its own continuity to produce an adventure that was bigger than anything they'd attempted before.

The results, 50 years on (the release of Masters of Earth in November 2014 neatly marks Invasion's half century) are still stunningly good. In planning Masters of Earth, we hoped to pay tribute to Invasion of Earth's epic vision, while also telling a personal, character-driven story about a group of people thrown together against a backdrop of terrible conflict. With Robomen, of course. It just wouldn't have been right without Robomen.

Masters of Earth is also something of a homecoming for us. We began our Big Finish Doctor Who career with The Sixth Doctor, writing the somewhat grisly (in retrospect) Project: Twilight back in 2001. Many years later, it's been a delight to reacquaint ourselves with Colin Baker's brilliant interpretation of the Doctor, as energetic, erudite and lovably bombastic as ever. How will he cope as his past literally catches up with him, facing an arch-enemy that he has to think twice about fighting?

If there's one thing the Doctor knows only too well at this point in history, the Daleks are the Masters of Earth...



Full Cast List:

The Doctor Colin Baker
Peri Nicola Bryant
Moira Brody Tracy Wiles
Alan Weir Brian McCardie
Ross Nicolson Sean Biggerstaff
Kyle Inskip Hugh Ross
Curbishly Damian Lynch

The Daleks/Roboman

Nicholas Briggs

The Production Team:

Writers Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
Director Nicholas Briggs
Sound/Music Martin Montague and Nicholas Briggs
Theme Music Martin Montague
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer David Richardson
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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