lead to answers. Answers lead to knowledge. Knowledge
leads to freedom. Freedom leads to dissatisfaction.
Dissatisfaction leads to unhappiness."
release in Big Finish's third season for the Eighth
Doctor is "The Natural History of Fear"
and is particularly reminiscent of the 1988's television
Natural History of Fear
by Jim Mortimore this is his first Big Finish Doctor Who
Audio story. As well as working on the post-production
side of many previous audios he is also the author of
various Virgin "The New Adventures" books, including
the acclaimed "Blood
Heat" and "Parasite"
and the BBC Eighth Doctor book "Beltempest"
and the Past Doctor book "Eye
This story is directed
by Gary Russell and was recorded 11th and 12th May 2003.
It stars Paul McGann, as the Eighth Doctor, with India
Fisher and Conrad Westmaas as his companions Charley
Pollard and C'rizz. Also starring are: Sean Carlsen,
Jane Hills, Geoff Searle, Alison Sterling, Ben Summers
and Wink Taylor.
Like previous productions
Big Finish have tried something different and in doing
so one of their bravest stories to date. This time by
casting a group of actors, including the lead actors,
who could play a number of different roles in a play.
The variety of parts turns out to be an asset rather than
a distraction. To this end, it was decided that no characters
would actually be assigned to the actors in the final
cast list as it was felt that the performances were more
important than the actual names of characters.
to Producer/Director Gary Russell:
"Jim is the only writer
in 2004 that I have worked with previously, back
in the days of the amateur Audio Visuals plays
of the 1980s. Although Jim has recently worked
on music and post production for Big Finish, somehow
he found time to deliver for me a dark, character-led
piece which constantly throws up surprises and
twists. Just when you think you've worked out
what's going on, he chucks a typical Jim Mortimore
curve ball at you!
"I have an aversion to doubling
up actors normally. The odd guard's line is fine,
but major characters should, in my opinion, be
played by different people. Knowing this, Jim
opted to provide me with a script where not only
could the actors double up but in fact needed
to - resulting in probably our largest character
list in a play so far. But that's what's so clever
about this play, it subverts your expectations
- particularly mine. When Paul McGann turned up
on his first day (we recorded this one first),
he announced that this was one of the best scripts
he'd ever read - not just Who-wise, but of all.
He liked the political touches and said when we'd
finished 'more like this, please'."
Light City, the all-powerful State permeates everything.
No one from outside understands their way. This is why
there are no visitors to Light City. Travel is forbidden.
Happiness is maintained throughout by acceptance. Individuality
is outlawed and original thought is a crime. Confused?
You will be.
nightmare. The State controls its citizens' lives and
whereas conformity is rewarded any form of deviancy from
the accepted normality is punished by offenders having
their personalities, memories and attitudes totally destroyed
and then rebuilt. Thus ensuring that offenders will never
know what they have done - all to ensure the equilibrium
of the State is maintained.
are the ultimate sin and all good members of the proletarian
will fall in line, happy to embrace their place and enjoy
their State licensed broadcast hours of infotainment in
reward. In a world such as this, can anyone be sure of
who they really are? Especially when no one is allowed
to have a name – just a title!
truth is more than we imagine. In this totalitarian regime
its citizens are too blind to see the truth that they
are slaves to the will of the State. The State is so supreme
that its population believe themselves free as they willingly
accept conformity and obedience.
is there a revolution brewing in Light City? Has someone
let the truth out of its cage? Are they licensed? Are
they censored? Maybe a strange adventurer and his redoubtable
companions have something to do with it or are they too
caught up in a complex society where asking questions
is strictly forbidden? All these questions being asked
as if you have a right to answers.
Every so often
a Revolution is required. Has everyone gone completely
mad? Even ideas have a natural history. Any memory is
meaningless without context. The sound of a child's
humming top, for instance...
despite how hard this society works to maintain a status
quo it seems it is susceptible to the introduction of
an outside stimulus and can become affected by a single
idea that is spread throughout its population. The apparent
arrival of The Doctor and his companions Charley and
C'rizz are already starting to unravel this totalitarian
nurse sudden turns on her husband when he inadvertently
asks a simple question of her. As he is taken away,
her acceptance of the personality revision which will
come to her too is so total that she believes it is
the only way that she will gain happiness again away
from the perverse ideas of contravention her husband
has influenced her with.
the people either as nameless subjects or with titles
that reflect their role in society such as the Editor
and the Conscience. But the Conscience's role is not
to think but just to offer guidance and ensure obedience.
But it seems even he has become effected by the idea
that existence in Light City is harshly limited by the
unfair State and revolution is in the air.
for the Editor it is a downward spiral as the very idea
of revolution forces leads him down a path of obsession
which he believes will protect the State he loves. However,
his course of action changes him irrevocably and in
doing so the reality around him changes and he who was
one of the State's greatest protectors paradoxically
becomes its greatest threat as he fanatically tries
to destroy the group who are instigating the revolution.
irony is that the creating force that shaped the State
is the force that will also finally destroy it.
- Featuring the Eighth
Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
- Serial Number: 8Q
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 139 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 28'58", 2 = 32'04",
3 = 26'02", 4 = 42'28"
- Total Story Length: 129'32"
- This story takes place after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and
follows on from last month's "The
Creed of the Kromon".
- Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
- Recorded: 11th and 12th May 2003
- Recording Location: Christchurch Studios
- Released: February 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-038-X
|On the Back Cover:
IT IS A CRIMINAL
OFFENCE TO COPY OR ATTEMPT TO COPY ANY
PERSONALITY OR MEMORY-RELATED ARTICLE
SHOWN OR DISPLAYED IN THIS PUBLIC THEATRE,
INCLUDING THIS WARNING. PUNISHMENT OR
CONVICTION IS AN UNLIMITED REDUCTION OF
AUTHORISED OVERTIME HOURS AND TOTAL PERSONALITY
REVISION. YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING
ANY JUKEBOX OR RECORDING EQUIPMENT INTO
THIS PUBLIC THEATRE. THIS WILL BE TREATED
AS AN ATTEMPT TO BREACH COPYRIGHT. ANY
PERSON DOING SO CAN BE EJECTED AND THE
EDITOR MAY CONFISCATE SUCH ARTICLES. WE
ASK THE PUBLIC TO BE VIGILANT AGAINST
ANY SUCH ACTIVITY AND REPORT ANY MATTERS
AROUSING SUSPICION TO THEIR LOCAL CONSCIENCE.
Faction Against Character Theft
|On the Inside Cover:
‘Everyone thinks about changing the world
But no one thinks about changing himself.'
| Have you ever
wondered why? Well here's a little secret, me to you:
I have tried to write this authors blurb fifty eight times
since it was first commissioned nearly two years ago Here's
a thing the quote as the top really says everything I
want to say about what's on the CD. But still I have to
write something to fill this gap I don't really understand
why but that's not the point. I'm not allowed to be flexible
and I'm not allowed to question policy. Now. This isn't
a rant, don't get me wrong. What's on the disc is all
about the natural history of ideas; the existance of feelings
in a world where feelings have no place. And in that sense
the series of revisions of author's blurbs leading inevitably
to this one are a perfect glimpse of what awaits you on
the record. And here's a thing: even though I can't actually
remember what I tried to write before, or precisely how
many times I tried to put pen to paper; how long the process
took, or even why it was that the previous revisions didn't
quite make is through to this, the final draft, it doesn't
actually master. Because after all it's the process that
counts. And if that leaves me with an uncomfortable feeling
that I have been manipulated in some way that I can't
quite identify, well then, that's a price I pay gladly
to be part of a perfect State. A State worth loving. A
State worth the sacrifice of self each one of us makes
every single day for the common good. And remember. When
it comes right down to it.
‘No one thinks about changing the world
But everyone thinks about changing himself.'
| After all, that's
how we build a better State. Not by keeping secrets or
asking a lot of unnecessary and damaging questions.
Light City, Final Revision
Mortimore is credited as the writer of this story but
no one knows if he truly exists anymore. Or ever existed.
There have hoes so many revisions. A Jim Mortimore has
been credited with writing a number of Doctor Who
novels, including Eternity Weeps, Eye of
Heaven and Parasite. However, records do
not exist which can confirm that each one was written
by the same Jim Mortimore. That’s revision for you...
script was borne out of a conversation between producer
Gary Russell end Jim Mortimore during post-production
work on The Rapture, which Jim undertook. He asked what
kind of stories Big Finish were after for the first Eighth
Doctor/new universe season and then showed Russell his
notes for The Natural History of Fear. After a couple
of weeks tooing and froing, the script was commissioned,
originally as the end of the run. For the production,
it became not only necessary but actually rather convenient
to cast a group of actors who could play a number of different
roles in a play - the variety of parts being an asset
rather than a distraction. To that end, it was decided
that no characters would actually be assigned to the actors
in the final cast list - the performances were more important
than the actual names of characters. Recorded first in
this latest Eighth Doctor season, the recording week began
well as Paul McGann declared this one of the best scripts
he had ever read...
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm
Eighth Doctor has gone through an extraordinary battle.
In order to save the life of his companion and friend
Charley Pollard, he absorbed a destructive energy force
referred to as Zagreus,
currently subdued beneath his own, far more likable persona.
However, this means The Doctor can no longer live in our
universe and so has recently exiled himself into an alternative
universe from which he can never return home...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
was rescued by The Doctor from the ill-fated R101 airship
in 1930. Recently, much against The Doctor's wishes, she
has gone with him into the Divergent Universe, knowing
that she will never see Earth or anyone she has known
and loved ever again. However, Charley does not seem too
concerned about that and believes it was a price worth
paying to remain at the side of her friend and mentor.
Charley was witness recently to the loss of the TARDIS
when they landed on the first planet of this new universe...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Creed of the Kromon".
Eutermesan, the first actual person The Doctor and Charley
met in the Divergent Universe. Having lost his TARDIS,
The Doctor found himself trapped on a planet separated
into zones, although those within the zones seemed unaware
that they were thus confined. C'rizz's natural curiosity
has made him join The Doctor and Charley. However, he
is an instinctively peaceful man, recently forced to commit
murder against his nature. What effect this may have on
him in the future remains to be seen...
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC