Breeding", a Seventh
Doctor and Ace story by Mike Tucker, was planned for July
but it swapped places with "Bloodtide" and so was released in June instead.
Originally this story was due to be filled by one called "Dark Rising".
However, Mike Tucker has created a completely different story that Big Finish
accepted instead. It is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 21st
and 22nd April 2001.
This story sees the return of Louise Falkner as
Bev Tarrant, whom the Seventh Doctor and Ace encountered on the jungle world of
Kar-Charrat in Mike Tucker's previous audio play "The Genocide
Machine", and the deadly Krill - alien marauders created for the 1999
Doctor story "Storm
Harvest" by Mike Tucker and Robert Perry. This is the second Big Finish
Productions story by Mike Tucker and is also the second that The Doctor and his
companion face the ravenous Krill.
(Robert Perry & Mike
to Doctor Who in this story is actress Caroline John, who played companion and
Doctor. Caroline John plays the eccentric and rather unethical art dealer
Madame Salvadori who is aboard the luxury starliner 'Gallery' which is en route
to the dust planet Duchamp 331 where one of her proteges, Damien Pierson, is
creating a new work which she will sell to the highest bidder.
John aboard her starliner is her real-life husband, actor
Geoffrey Beevers (who portrayed the decayed Master
Keeper of Traken") playing the part as a fellow
art dealer and egg collector Seta. Salvadori and Seta
look set to bring the whole art world into disrepute.
as Liz Shaw
Also starring in this audio
production are: Jane Goodard, Jez Fielder, Ian Ricketts,
Mark Donovan, Johnson Willis, Alistair Lock and Director
Mike Tucker first penned
a story based on Anthony Ainley returning to his famous
role as The Master who is involved with a Welsh fishing
village being attacked by sea-monsters. It was then suggested
to him to also include the Krill. This story was given
the name "Dark Rising". Then things changed and Mike
Tucker was asked to create a space opera type story
an Earth based one. He was left with the task of coming
up with an alternative story fairly quickly. Luckily
Perry and Mike Tucker already had an ideal story line,
titled " Dust Breeding", which they had put together
for the Virgin
"Missing Adventures" range of books with the
Seventh Doctor and Ace.
The planet Duchamp 331 is a glorified garage in a
backwater in space. Surprisingly, a colony of artists have made their home amid
the refuelling stations of this storm-ridden dust planet and among their
exhibits hangs Edvard Munch's famous 1893 painting, "The Scream".
connoisseur mode the Seventh
Doctor, with Ace in tow, intends to rescue the
painting from a certain "mysterious circumstances" which he claims threatens
it. However, unknown to The Doctor and Ace an old enemy will soon be reunited
Meanwhile, on board the luxurious liner Gallery, Madame
Salvadori is leading her cruise party towards the same volatile planet and the
same painting. But what is Madame Salvadori's true interest in Damien Pierson
and his colony of artists? The artwork she intends to unveil, however, is of a
far more violent nature.
What appalling secrets lie behind this bizarre
artistic colony and what does the mysterious masked man among Salvadori's
passengers have to hide and can the ultimate weapon really reside on Duchamp
331 - or is it hatching in Gallery's hold? The monstrous Krill are onboard the
Gallery safely stored in their eggs. However, when they start to hatch out they
soon go on the rampage. Can The Doctor and Ace succeed in defeating an enemy
that has only one thing on its mind - The annihilation of all those that cross
| Sylvester McCoy with Caroline
On board the Gallery the first death has occurred
and when the pleasure cruiser arrives in orbit Damien reveals his masterplan
but The Doctor is more concerned about the fate of everyone on the planet when
he realises that they will be doomed when an ancient and terrible weapon is
about to be set free.
The Doctor is running out of options and time.
Then he realises that the cruiser Gallery is the safest place of refuge, but he
hasn't counted on the awesome savagery of the Krill or the ruthlessness of his
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and also The
- Serial Number: 7T
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 110 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'17", 2 = 21'42", 3 =
24'42", 4 = 29'57"
- This story takes place after "Survival".
- Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
- Recorded: 21st and 22nd April 2001
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: June 2001
- ISBN: 1-903654-33-5
On nineteenth Century Earth artist Edvard Munch
hears an infinite scream pass through nature. Centuries later his painting of
that Scream hangs in a gallery on the barren dust world Duchamp 331.
is there a colony of artists on a planet that is little more than a glorified
garage? What is the event that the passengers of the huge, opulent pleasure
cruiser 'Gallery' are hoping to see? And what is hidden in the crates that
litter the cargo hold?
The Doctor's diary indicates that the painting is
about to be destroyed in 'mysterious circumstances', and when he and Ace arrive
on Duchamp 331, those circumstances are well underway.
|On the Inside
Never throw any ideas away. Ben Aaronovitch told me that. He
maintained that all story ideas will come in useful someday. It was certainly
true of "Dust Breeding".
brief was to write an Earth-based, sea-side horror story all undersea monsters
and smugglers. Then it was decided that the Seventh
Doctor and Ace have visited
Earth once too often in the Big Finish universe, so was asked to write a space
opera instead. Luckily I had a story in storage. "Dust Breeding" was plotted
with my long time collaborator Robert Perry, and I'd like to thank him for his
generosity in letting me twist the story to fit my own agenda. Robert also
helped create the Krill for our BBC Doctor Who novel Storm Harvest, so this
story really is as much his as it is mine. Cheers Rob. I owe you one.
| Full Cast
|Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC