Axis of Insanity
the third season of the Eighth Doctor and Charley
Pollard stories April 2004 sees the return of the
“Past Doctors” series of Doctor Who
audios. In this release Peter Davison, as the Fifth
Doctor, is joined by companions Peri and Erimem - played by Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris respectively.
story is called “The Axis of Insanity” and
is a tale of order versus chaos. Following in the
of the television classics "The
Mind Robber" the events of this
story are not what they seem in this realm of pure
Written by Simon Furman this marks his Big Finish debut.
Simon Furman though is more famous to Doctor Who fans
for several comic strips for The Doctor Who Magazine
in the mid-1980’s.
story has been directed by Gary Russell and was recorded
22nd and 23rd January 2004. It guest stars “Star
Wars” actor Garrick Hagon. Also starring are:
Marc Danbury, Garrick Hagon, Daniel Hogarth, Stephen
Mansfield, Roy North and Liza Ross.
For The Doctor
and his travelling companions, Peri and Erimem, the
Axis is a twisted playground, where reality, morality
and sanity no longer apply - a space where the Time Lords discard all their messed up timelines or, as Peri
beautifully puts it, “their mistakes”. It
is a place The Doctor is very wary of, given that it
is his people who are responsible for ending many of
these doomed realities, but the corruption of the Axis
into something far more dangerous shocks even him.
course all these negated realities have to be regulated
and maintained, the failed realities are convened and
held in equilibrium in perpetuity and the people made
to believe that they are still living in the 'real'
reality. For aeons, the Axis has helped to stabilise
the Universe and for this important task there is the
Overseer but it seems his grip is failing. And then,
with his early death, a new member of management takes
his place, the cavorting, malign and hideously insane
Jester who took the Overseer’s life...
is this strange Axis, where the TARDIS
has landed? Why, it’s a madhouse! Normal rules
of physics need not apply; “Time’s even
more relative than usual around these parts.”
The Doctor anticipates a cool reception - yet he and
his companions stand to get a quite scorching welcome.
within this dimensional nexus, beset by the molten fury
of the Firedbreed, The Doctor and his companions must
unwrap a terrifying mystery of damaged timelines and dark
science... before the corruption of the Axis spreads and
reality itself crumbles.
horrors could exist in this axis of corrupted timelines
and how much of accepted history have the Time Lords created?
Can The Doctor, Peri and Erimem survive this unreal environment
where the sinister and malign presence named the Jester
calls all the shots and given that it was the Time Lords
who are responsible for many of the uncontrollable and
dangerous timelines collected in the Axis? Who is really
running this warped carnival and what connects it to a
near-derelict facility on Pangorum, home of Peri’s
refugee ally? Why will Erimem’s struggles with
Western characters matter, come the showdown? And what
villain know about being a Time Lord?
race against time for The Doctor to sort things out
in this desperate battle between order and chaos and
he must not only destroy the infected timeline but also
return to Pangorum and keep their promise to Tog to
finish off what Jarra To started…
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
- Serial Number: 6Q/E
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 105 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 26'07", 2 = 23'45",
3 = 21'06", 4 = 24'46"
- Total Story Length: 95'44"
- This story takes place between "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani".
- Early Title: "InterFace".
- Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
- Recorded: 22nd and 23rd January 2004
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: April 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-094-0
|On the Back Cover:
What is... the
For The Doctor
and his travelling companions, Peri and Erimem, it's a
twisted playground, where reality, morality and sanity
no longer apply. Stranded within a dimensional nexus,
beset by the molten fury of the Firebreed, they must unwrap
a terrifying mystery of damaged timelines and dark science...
before the corruption of the Axis spreads and reality
a warped and deadly mind, The Doctor faces his own past
transgressions, and the very nature of what it is to be
a Time Lord.
|On the Inside Cover:
THIS IS MY FIRST
audio drama, so please… be gentle. Naturally,
I leapt at the chance to write a new Doctor Who
adventure when it was offered (who wouldn’t?),
and - having leapt - realised I probably should have
at least looked first. What had I done? You see, though
I’ve written many scripts, for comic books, TV
animation… and so on, I’ve only ever worked
in visual mediums. And yet here I was, suddenly, with
just dialogue and sound effects. I realised had no idea
how to craft a story, or how to stage it, when so much
has to be carried by the dialogue alone. How did an
action sequence work? How did you avoid glaring “oh
look - there’s a big green monster charging towards
us” type of dialogue? By the time I came to write
The Axis of Insanity I had, thankfully, had
a kind of trial run. In my capacity as Transformers-guru,
I was invited to 2003’s US convention. I’d
been asked by the organisers to write a short, “amusing”
drama, to be performed live by the voice-actor guests
(from the original and subsequent TV shows). This was
daunting enough, and yet somehow I managed... though
still with considerable trepidation. Perhaps, just perhaps,
I could make a Doctor Who audio script fly.
My first story
outline for Axis was hideously laden with Doctor
Who continuity and mythology, which Gary Russell
beat out of me with a big stick (thank you for that,
Gary). The second draft was much better, while still
retaining a sense of the “bigger picture”,
and the script flowed out of me with amazing ease. Once
I had the voices in my head (the Davison era is sharply
defined in my many fond memories of the show) and a
sense of story momentum, it all came together. The biggest
thrill, though, was when I got a look in at the recording,
and actually watched Peter, Nicola and Caroline at work,
They were saying my words... and not laughing! Bless
them for that.
But even now,
the fear is not entirely gone. This is my first audio
drama. I hope it’s not my last.
is a writer for comic books and TV animation, his name
inextricably linked with Transformers, the 80s
toy phenomenon and has written literally hundreds of stories
about the war-torn ‘robots in disguise’, for
Marvel Comics (US and UK). His other comic book credits
include Death’s Head, Alpha Flight,
Turok, Robocop and What If?
In the TV animation field, Simon has written for shows
such as Beast Wars, Dan Dare and X-Men:
Simon Furman’s initial pitch for this story was
for a Fifth
Doctor/Nyssa adventure. Whilst The Doctor
faced the Overseer and Jester (the Overseer would be played
by Peter Davison as well), Nyssa was drawn out of the
TARDIS by an adult Adric who, in an alternative timeline
never died, and takes her back to the Pharos Project (seen
in Logopolis/Castrovalva on television) to explain
where his timeline diversified.
producer Gary Russell felt the actual dangers The Doctor
and Nyssa faced were new and exciting, he felt that
the reliance on past friend and monsters (the Autons made a brief appearance as did various Time Lords) was
unnecessarily complicating things. He also asked Simon
to change Nyssa for Peri and Erimem as the outline offered
the chance to support three separate storylines which
could be easily justified by utilising this TARDIS team.
The Fifth Doctor
First television appearance: “Castrovalva”
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance “The
Land of the Dead”
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years.
He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people.
Always accompanied by travelling companions, The Doctor
has lately found his TARDIS shared by Peri and Erimem,
two lively young girls from different points in Earth’s
history. They can be a handful - as the intense teasing
he endures testifies to...
First television appearance: “Planet
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: “Red
Brown has been travelling with The Doctor for a while
now. Their relationship can be fractious - but is generally
lighthearted and friendly. A keen botanist, resourceful
and compassionate, Peri also has a edgy side; a wry sense
of humour that can infuriate her travelling companion.
Lately, the two have been joined in their travels by Erimem,
with whom Peri has immediately bonded. Slightly older
than the former Egyptian Pharaoh, Peri has taken it upon
herself to play the older sister.
First Big Finish audio appearance: “The
Eye of the Scorpion”
the death of her father, Erimemushinteperem - Erimem for
short - became Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Being young and
female hardly endeared her to her immediate subjects,
and soon plots against her were afoot, It was during an
attempt on her life that she met The Doctor and Peri,
who were instrumental in saving her. Before her coronation,
the officials decided upon a different, male, Pharaoh
- a decision that did not completely disappoint Erimem,
who then joined The Doctor and Peri on their travels.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
|Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC