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40th Anniversary
 2003 is the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who and it wouldn't be an anniversary year without a handful of The Doctor's oldest enemies trying to bring his travels to a final end.

 As a precursor to the November 2003 anniversary adventure, " Zagreus", Big Finish Productions have released three stories where three Doctor's face three old foes, but in unusual circumstances.

 First it was the turn for the Fifth Doctor as he meets a mythical hero from Gallifrey's past in "Omega".

 Next the Sixth Doctor has to endure yet again the evil scientist who created the Daleks in "Davros".

 And finally the Seventh Doctor comes face-to-face with his greatest archenemy again in "Master".

 Rather than full-on fights against evil, a new loose trilogy of plays sees one Doctor involved in a more character-based drama as they, and we, get to learn a little more about these particular recurring nemeses.

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"When I press this switch I will die.
The poison in that projectile injector will kill me in a moment.
It is a perfect, efficient, killing machine.

It will be painless they say.
They tell me they know the pain I am in. As if they could?
And just like pressing this switch I will end that suffering forever.

They say I should be the one to do it. But they are weak.
They cannot bring themselves to look at me let alone kill me.

They hesitate. They fear me. Even when I am like this. And they have their perfect, pure, strong bodies.
They fear me. And well they should.
I am no longer like them. I am above them.
I have the ultimate power. The power of life and death.

This body is my dominion. Mine to command. No one else's.
I can sense them. Out there in the corridor. Cowering. Not daring to speak.
They are the frail ones. They are the crippled.
They are the ones without choice.

They will die.
They will lose this war and they will die.
I could join them in defeat and death. But if I survive then something stronger will emerge.
A new race, a supreme power in the universe.

I will not press this switch. I will not cower. I will not die. I will not die.
This is not the end. This is only…
The beginning."

Audio - Davros
(Lance Parkin)

 "Davros" see the Sixth Doctor pitted against one of the most belligerent yet, capable and intelligent enemy he has ever known - Davros, the evil scientist who created the Daleks, and who is trying to claim a place in the galactic pantheon of respected scientists.

 Terry Molloy has reprised his role as the crippled Kaled in this his fourth appearance as the Dalek's insane creator and this time he once again finds the Sixth Doctor opposing his schemes.

 Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe, guest-stars along with Bernard Horsfall who appeared with Wendy in both "The Mind Robber" and "The War Games". However, Bernard's most famous Doctor Who role is probably as the Time Lord Chancellor Goth in "The Deadly Assassin". Also starring are: David Bickerstaff, Eddie de Oliveira, Louise Faulkner, Karl Hansen, Katarina Olsson, Ruth Sillers and Andrew Westfield.

 This two part feature length story has been penned by poll-winning author Lance Parkin, who previously contributed "Primeval" to the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Audio range. Directed by Gary Russell "Davros" was recorded 27th and 28th January 2003.

 The stocks for Trans Allied Inc. (TAI) have shot up by over fifteen percent on the news that the galaxy-famous scientist Davros, the controversial creator of the Daleks, has been hired to work on unspecified technological projects. So it seems that Davros is not dead. But there are those who want to make it seem he is.

 And then there is The Doctor. Why is he so important to the plans which revolve around Davros, the evil scientist who was crippled in a terrible accident a long time ago.

 History records that Davros was the greatest scientist ever to emerge from war-blighted Skaro. But is his reputation due for an overhaul? Historian Lorraine Baynes believes so, and being married to Arnold Baynes, CEO of the galaxy-spanning corporation Trans Allied lnc, she has huge resources at her disposal. When The Doctor arrives on a world controlled by TAl, its population safe under their all-embracing Dome, he soon finds that the body of the Daleks' creator has also arrived - and that once again, rumours of Davros' death have been exaggerated.

 What are the consequences of Davros agreeing to work for TAI - apart from a booming share price? What concerns did those who sent for The Doctor have regarding TAI? Is Davros capable of turning over a new leaf and can he really be trusted? The Doctor certainly doesn't think so. But is The Doctor always right?

 More importantly how much do we really know how Davros became crippled and what led Davros to create the Daleks in the first place - or did he?

 Called to the planet by a journalist, who fears that TAI are about to close down their mining operation which employs over twelve billion workers, The Doctor is shocked to discover that there are those who dare to interfere with Davros' imprisonment. Finding himself working alongside Davros for TAI The Doctor finds that the evil scientist has been given another chance to redeem himself. But Davros has other plans. As humanity stands on the verge of a new era, it needs the help of the galaxy's greatest ever scientist and so there are those blinded by the truth.

Sixth Doctor
Sixth Doctor

 Why are TAI so interested in creating a better future for humanity which involves the building a robotic army and why are The Doctor and Davros duped into creating components for them?

 From the bunkers and shelters of ancient Skaro to the gleaming Domes of the Future Earth Empire, Davros has always been a man of destiny. Now he's working for mankind's benefit. But how much do we really know about Davros?

 Experiencing flashbacks of his time on Skaro, both before and after the attack which crippled him, we learn of the devastating Thal attack that left Davros crippled and how he had to draw strength from adversity and why he drove himself onwards and so became stronger. Davros' body may have become weakened, but his mind remained just as active and strong. In a world where there is nothing but an endless war that has raged so long that neither side remembers why it began it comes as no surprise as to where Davros channelled his energies on. If he can survive the Thal attack then surely he can go on to create something stronger - a race which will become the supreme power in the universe.

 However, despite all his hard work to secure the Kaled's future it turns out that another brilliant young Kaled scientist has developed a solution to ensure the Kaled's survival, but one so daring that it involves the Kaleds own destruction. Abandoning his own solution Davros realises that a new race can emerge stronger from the remnants of their civilisation by adopting "The Dalek Solution".

Wendy Padbury as Zoe
 And so using the idea of another great scientist Davros brings the Daleks into existence even though it means the death of the real creator of the Daleks. All because of jealousy and feelings of rejection and the need to destroy any rival who opposes him.

 As current events unfold Davros' past, before the Daleks were created, before he became crippled and how he became the person we know, are revealed to be very much relevant to current events.

 With Davros now being treated with respect for his work as a scientist, rather than condemned for being the creator of a ruthless and destructive force, to be presented with the opportunity to create a better future for mankind, Davros is tempted, much to the surprise of The Doctor. The Doctor though knows that Davros can never change but still he waits before acting against him until he's sure that he does have evil intentions.

 When Davros finally makes his latest attempt to grab power for himself, The Doctor is ready to act and so prevent the highly inventive method of collapsing the stock market that would inevitably lead to the collapse of the universal corporations and of society as a whole.

 But Davros is aware that he can never be safe with The Doctor around but he still recognises that The Doctor can be an asset if he can be controlled and manipulated despite Davros admitting that the Time Lord is his equal.

 But can Davros really think this? Surely the greatest scientist in the galaxy has no equal especially when driven by the need to be still seen as the creator of the supreme power in the universe.

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  • Featuring the Sixth Doctor.
  • Serial Number: 6WA
  • Number of Episodes: 2
  • Cover Length: 150 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 73'52", 2 = 78'04"
  • Total Story Length: 151'56"
  • This story takes place between "The Two Doctors" and "Timelash".
  • Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
  • Recorded: 27th and 28th January 2003
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: August 2003
  • ISBN: 1-84435-030-4

On the Back Cover:

 TAI stock has shot up by over fifteen percent on news that galaxy-famous scientist Davros, controversial creator of the Daleks, has been hired to work on unspecified technological projects.

 Davros has been given the chance to redeem himself.

 Humanity stands on the verge of a new era, but it needs the help of the galaxy's greatest ever scientist. But Davros is dead... isn't he?

 From the bunkers and shelters of ancient Skaro to the gleaming Domes of the Future Earth Empire, Davros has always been a man of destiny. Now he's working for mankind's benefit. But how much do we really know about Davros?

 Has Davros really turned over a new leaf? The Doctor certainly doesn't think so. But is The Doctor always right?

On the Inside Cover:

 DAVROS HAS ALWAYS BEEN one of the characters your man in the Street remembers about Doctor Who It's just one of those snippets of knowledge about the show that people have rattling around - I've discovered this again when I've mentioned that I was working on this script 'Davros... oh, the guy in the wheelchair who created the Daleks?'. Indeed. It's been an interesting exercise telling a Davros story without the Daleks - was a bit worried that it was Hamlet without everything but the prince at first, but Davros is a fascinating character in his own right, and a worthy adversary for The Doctor even without an army of killer dustbins to do his dirty work Doing this story, with Davros centre-stage, means we can finally get into his head a bit more, explore what makes him tick (beyond an artificial heart that's no doubt powered by mercury and static electricity). And I couldn't resist the opportunity to have us all hear the true voice of Davros for the very first time.

Lance Parkin,
March 2003

Lance Parkin has written an awful lot of words about Doctor Who. A number of
extremely popular Doctor Who novels for both Virgin and BBC Books, plus his acclaimed A History of the Universe guidebook and of course his previous Doctor Who audio, Primeval, have made him one of the hottest talents in Doctor Who writing today. He’s recently co-authored a huge programme guide for all the different Star Trek series and also the thirtieth anniversary of Emmerdale.

Production Notes:

 As soon as we did our first Dalek story; back In 2000, people began wondering if Davros would return to lead his armies once more. Producer Gary Russell, however, was not keen - believing that in many ways, by putting Davros as their spokesman, the Daleks lost a lot of their cunning and skill. Similarly, he felt that Davros was not always best served by having to focus on yet more ways to play internal politics with the various Dalek factions that surrounded him ever since his first appearance back in the mid-seventies. That said, a story about Davros the man, Davros the scientist, Davros the philanthropist appealed greatly; Truly The Doctor's intellectual and scientific equal, yet possessing the one thing The Doctor lacked - amorality, the willingless to go that extra mile just to see what happened if...

 Lance Parkin was always the first choice for writing this story, as we believed he would be able to get to the core of Davros, find out what makes him tick. And why...

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Colin Baker
Davros Terry Molloy
Scientist Ral David Bickerstaff
Willis Eddie de Oliveira
Kaled Medics Louise Faulkner and
Karl Hansen
Arnold Baynes Bernard Horsfall
Shan Katarina Olsson
Lorraine Baynes Wendy Padbury
Kimberly Todd Ruth Sillers
Pilot Andrew Westfield

The Production Team:

Writer Lance Parkin
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Jim Mortimore and
Jane Elphinstone
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer for the BBC Jaqueline Rayner
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