those who have wronged us, soon they will pay the
full blood price..."
fourth and final story, in this four part audio season
for the Eighth
Doctor, is "The Twilight Kingdom" Written
by Will Shindler this is his first Big Finish Doctor Who
Audio story. It is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded
14th and 15th May 2003.
stars Paul McGann, as the Eighth Doctor, with India Fisher
and Conrad Westmaas as his companions Charley
Pollard and C’rizz. Guest star Michael Keating,
who is best known for playing Vila in Blake’s
7, plays the character Koth. This is not Michael
Keating’s first involvement with Doctor Who
as he played the part of a rebel in the 1977 Fourth
Doctor story “The
Also starring are: Stephen Perring, Nicholas Briggs, Ann
Carus-Wilson , Stephen Fewell, Dale Ibbetson, Jeremy James,
Vivien Parry, Alan Rothwell, Gary Russell and Alison Sterling.
to Producer/Director Gary Russell:
"Will typifies the kind
of 'not-in-the-Doctor Who-fold' writer
that I've been keen to work with. He's been a
script editor on Doctors and Born and
Bred and is currently the story editor on The
Bill. "The Twlilight Kingdom" is the sort of
fresh story you might expect a writer who knows
and admires Doctor Who, but wouldn't describe
himself as a fan, to deliver. The only brief I
gave Will was that I wanted something to contrast
with both Philip and Jim's adventures and thus
asked for his story to be set below ground.
"Alan Rothwell is a name I grew up with - each
week, as schoolkids, we'd sit around the old black-and-white
TV in the classroom (this was the late Sixties,
remember) and watch Picture Box, which
Alan presented. When I got an email out of the
blue from him wondering how he could get a part
in Doctor Who, it was manna from heaven.
We all decided that when the series comes back
to TV, Alan should be the Ninth Doctor!
"I have known Michael Keating on and off for some
years (we spectacularly failed to finish a game
of pool off a few years back at a convention,
despite playing for an entire weekend) and have
long thought he's one of the most underrated actors
around. As soon as I read the script, I could
hear Mike as the villain of the piece and asked
him to do it. He's very versatile, which is just
as well as there's more to Koth than meets the
by the mysterious Kro’ka into a jungle environment,
The Doctor, Charley and C’rizz get more than they
bargained for especially as the spectre of death surrounds
the harshly oppressive jungle environment The Doctor,
Charley and C'rizz have found themselves in their continued
hunt for the TARDIS.
They soon find themselves upon a waterfall - much to the
delight of Charley who it seems has faired much worse
in their trek in the jungle.
The Doctor and his two companions they are not completely
alone. As well as finding a completely decomposed skeleton
they are also being watched by a Major Koth the leader
of a rebel training camp preparing itself for an oncoming
in her attempts to recover from the effects of their trip
through the jungle, becomes separated from The Doctor
and C'rizz just when a team of soldiers, who are searching
for Koth, escort The Doctor and her fellow companion away
into some nearby caves. But Charley on watching all this
from a hiding place finds herself in the company of a
jaded-yet-broadminded scientist - which turns out to be
fortunate as she has just been attacked by a deadly plant
that results in a very painful cure.
the caves The Doctor is mentally attacked when a powerful
creature tries to connect with his mind with pure rage.
Still being tracked by Major Koth The Doctor and the team
of soldiers are they themselves taken captive when they
become to close to Koth’s secret base.
Doctor and his companions soon learn that the respected
authoritarian figure of Major Koth has withdrawn into
the savage jungle after a command decision was taken not
to inform him of the death of his family in an atrocious
attack so he could continue to perform his duties to the
best of his abilities without distraction. Koth therefore
has turned away from his own civilisation.
in Blake's 7
But not everything
is what it seems at Major Koth's rebel training camp.
Why does an underground river of blood turn suddenly
into one of acid and why do dead soldiers decompose
so quickly? Why has the blood of innocents been spilt
and who really is the enemy? Could The Doctor this time
be completely wrong in his deduction of current events?
Charley and C'rizz think he is and as events unfold
it seems that they might be right.
Doctor taking on an assumed identity to further his
investigations on what Major Koth is really up to manages
to gain the confidence of Koth’s loyal followers.
But Koth instinctively sees The Doctor's weaknesses
and uses them to turn The Doctor’s friends against
him in pursuit of his goals. But other forces are having
an effect on those in the caves preventing free thoughts
and making everyone want to stay and not leave - even
The Doctor seems at first to be effected and is acting
against his normal character.
the extent of Major Koth's manipulation is finally revealed
The Doctor learns that the cave system is not what it
seems and that they are all in grave danger of either
being eaten alive or being forced to murder each other
for the pleasure of another.
to co-operate otherwise he will lose everything - his
companions and his TARDIS - has The Doctor realised
to late that amongst the dark caverns of this unknown
world he has encountered a creature that he can’t
defeat and that maybe he has finally met his match.
Or will he and his companions be able to escape in the
maybe this is too much to ask for in the Divergent Universe
especially when a very old foe is manipulating things…
- Featuring the Eighth
Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
- Serial Number: 8R
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 122 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'17", 2 = 27'17",
3 = 34'08", 4 = 33'45"
- Total Story Length: 122'27"
- This story takes place after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and
follows on from last month's "The
Natural History of Fear".
- Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
- Recorded: 14th and 15th May 2003
- Recording Location: Christchurch Studios
- Released: March 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-037-1
|On the Back Cover:
blood of innocents has been spilt a terrible sequence
of events has been set in motion. The forces of darkness
are on the move.
underground, an army of light prepares itself for the
Doctor's used to winning. Stumbling in, reading the
face of the enemy, and then beating the odds…
but what if this time he's got it wrong? Charley and
C'rizz think he has.
of all that is familiar, just who is The Doctor? Major
Koth thinks he knows.
among the dark caverns of an unknown world, has The Doctor finally met his match?
|On the Inside Cover:
WROTE THE SCRIPT for The Twilight Kingdom almost
two years ago, in the summer of 2002. Memories of 11 September
were still vivid, and comfort certainly wasn’t
to be found behind the sofa. Suddenly a lot of things,
which seemed safe and secure, simply weren’t. As
my mother, who’d lived through the Second World
War, cheerfully reassured me, ‘Now you know what
is feels like.’
some of that fear and anxiety crept into the play you’re
about to hear. Don’t get me wrong, there’s
no deep message here or indeed any profound political
statement being expressed, but grief is perhaps the
most powerful of all emotions. It’s something
that binds us all, and it’s remarkable how varied
our responses can be...
rather pompously trying to say is don’t expect
a gag fest. However, in deference to the ghost of Doctor
Who Past you will find at least one wobbly set
-you’ll know it when you get to it.
a word of thanks to all at Big Finish - I was trying
to recreate something of the spookiness that so grabbed
me as a child. With an actor as terrific as Paul McGann
in the lead, so ably assisted by India and Conrad, the
dose thing really was to drop them all into hell...
was the script editor for BBC drama series Doctors
and Born and Bred before recently taking up a
similar post on Thames TV’s The Bill. Although
something of a afficiando of Doctor Who, this
is his first professional work for the show, but is already
planning another audio script for the future.
planned as the third story of the season, The Twilight
Kingdom finally took its place as the climax for
a couple of reasons. Firstly, as a fairly straightforward
‘traditional’ Doctor Who story, it
acted as a counterpoint to the experimentation of The
Natural History of Fear. And secondly, because
the closing moments with the Kro’ka made for a far
more natural end of season scene than its predecessor
Shindler was introduced to the Big Finish team via two
of its most popular authors, Paul Cornell and Robert
Shearman. It was Rob who actually introduced Will to
producer Gary Russell in a cafe in London’s Oxford
Street and Will’s ideas immediately resonated
with the producer’s plans for this third Eighth
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