and Gareth Roberts)
release for 2001, titled "The One Doctor", was due in August but was put back
to December. It has been written by Clayton Hickman and Gareth Roberts and it
sees the first release of the first Sixth
Doctor story with companion Melanie
(who recently made her Big Finish audio debut in "The Fires of
Vulcan"). It is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 28th and
29th April 2001.
Starring Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford, who are
reunited for the first time in Doctor Who since "The Trial
of a Timelord" in 1986, will
have The Doctor and his companion, Melanie
Bush, in a frantic trip around the galaxy with some
rather strange and surprising characters.
Colin and Bonnie are joined by a host of well
known comic stars which has created a bit for an out-and-out comedy. Heading
the guest cast is actor, entertainer and panto veteran Christopher Biggins
playing the part as intergalactic entrepreneur Banto
Zame. Christopher Biggins
is a very famous face on British television for many years. The programmes he
has been involved in include I Claudius, Rentaghost and
Joining Christopher are 2 Point 4 Children
and Grange Hill star Clare Buckfield playing the part of Banto's
partner-in-crime Sally-Anne Stubbins. Shooting Stars comedian Matt Lucas
is the sinister Cylinder and finally Adam Buxton, who is one half of the team
behind Channel 4's critically acclaimed The Adam and Joe Show, plays the
part of a furniture obsessed robot. Also starring are: Nicholas Pegg, Jane
Goddard, Stephen Fewell and Mark Wright.
unsure at the prospect of arguably the series' most overtly comic drama ever,
here are some reassuring words from Sixth Doctor Colin Baker:
|"I liked this story because it was a
little braver than some Doctor Who stories: the humour goes further than might
be expected - yet is entirely credible within the context of the people
involved. It's The Doctor dealing with an impostor who's going round pretending
to be him. Instantly there's the opportunity for mirth."
The Sixth Doctor
and his companion Melanie
Bush become distracted while playing
a game of Monopoly and are unaware that the TARDIS
is far off course and has been redirected to the far future
of the Galaxy. The Doctor realises that the TARDIS has
received a distress call and has responded to it automatically.
they find themselves on the planet Generios One but there
seems to be no threat or reason for the distress call.
In fact it turns out that they have arrived to late and
its peace-loving inhabitants are celebrating the defeat
of the dreaded Skelloids, who were threatening the seventeen
worlds of the Generios system, and the Skelloids were
defeated by The Doctor! But how can the Citizens be rejoicing
their freedom when The Doctor has never visited Generios
before in either a past or future incarnation!
The Doctor is
shocked to discover that somebody has taken his name in
vain. So which mysterious curly-haired stranger has saved
Generios from invasion? And who are the Skelloids, anyway?
It turns out that with Generios being, as The Doctor observes, "at the vulgar end of time", the heroic Time Lord finds he's
become a legend - and ripe for exploitation by impostor Banto Zame and his
girlfriend Sally-Anne. Angered by this blatant improper use of his reputation
The Doctor and Melanie decide to confront Banto only to be accused of being
impostors themselves and imprisoned.
the Skelloids were just a front for Banto's exploitation what would happen if
Generios faced a real threat, and that neither 'Doctor' could avoid getting
involved? What threat does a sinister alien cylinder approaching Generios pose?
And how do a giant jelly, a long-running quiz show and some tricky DIY fit into
One thing is certain: for The Doctor and Melanie
there's deadly danger ahead and they've only got 25 minutes left to save the
| Carry on
listening after the end of this story because 6 minutes into the final track of
the second disc you will find 2 special Christmas messages from those who
appear in this story including the Sixth Doctor and Melanie.
also has an unusual signature tune for episode 3 which is very reminiscent to
the video release of the television story "Carnival
of Monsters". If you can
not wait then you can listen to it below. We have also included a trailer for
you to listen to.
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Melanie
- Serial Number: 7C/R
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 110 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 22'15", 2 = 26'40", 3 =
33'32", 4 = 26'27"
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time
and the Rani".
- Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
- Recorded: 28th and 29th April 2001
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: December 2001
- ISBN: 1-903654-56-4
When the evil Skelloids launch an attack upon the
seventeen worlds of the Generios system, its peace-loving inhabitants face
So it's lucky that The Doctor, that famous traveller in time
and space, is in the area, and that he, along, with his pretty young assistant,
Sally-Anne, he manages to defeat the deadly creatures and save the day.
now it looks as though The Doctor's luck has run out.
Who is the
mysterious, curly-haired stranger, intent on causing trouble? What role does
the feisty redhead Melanie play in his scheme? And what have they to do with
the sinister alien cylinder approaching Generios?
One thing is
certain: for The Doctor and Sally-Anne, there's deadly danger ahead...
We first found the cubes during the short, wet
summer of 2000, whilst playing pontoon in Gareth's back yard. Four small, white
cubes nestling inconspicuously under a shrub. We tried to throw them away but,
mysteriously, they kept turning up again. Eventually, sick to death of them, we
brought them indoors and, quite by chance, placed them near Gareth's computer.
We were understandably surprised when, a moment later, the script for the very
play you are about to hear flashed up on the VDU before our astonished eyes.
Then, their work done and their story told, the cubes faded away, leaving only
the phone number of Big Finish Productions behind. Well, we could hardly pass
up an opportunity like that, could we? So we did a quick spell-check, stuck our
names at the top, packed the script off in a jiffy bag and waited.
Now, a mere
sixteen months later, and thanks to the sterling work of Big Finish, you (and
we) can finally hear the tale that those strange cubes had to tell. What
astounding revelations lie ahead? Fragments of frozen time from the edge of a
black hole? Random emissions from the far reaches of space? Or Christopher
Biggins and Bonnie Langford putting up some shelves? Settle down, switch on and
all will become clear...
|Gareth Roberts & Clayton
Translators of The Cube Chronicles,
| Full Cast
|Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC