second story in the final Eighth
Doctor Audio season, stars Paul McGann, as The Doctor,
India Fisher, as Charley
Pollard, and Conrad Westmaas, as C’rizz, is
called "The Last". It has been written by Gary
Hopkins, who has previously written for ITV’s acclaimed
Dramarama series, plus Erasmus Microman
and a number of Granada TV’s Jeremy Brett Sherlock
Holmes stories. This is his first script for Big
story has been directed by Gary Russell and it was recorded
9th and 10th June 2004. Also starring are: Stephen Perring
(again playing the part of The Kro'Ka), Ian Brooker, Richard
Derrington, John Dorney, Tom Eastwood, Jane Hills, Robert
Hines and Carolyn Jones.
The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz find themselves trapped
on a dying and broken world in the aftermath of a nuclear
war and in one of the most inhospitable places imaginable
as they come face-to-face with those responsible for the
war to end all wars and who are responsible for a society
driven to destruction.
great hardships, in a situation which there seems a forlorn
hope for their survival, it eventually becomes clear to
The Doctor and his travelling companions that they are
in a harsh environment where there only seems to be one
way of escaping - to die…
soon after arriving, and while exploring some nearby ruins,
a terrible accident is about to occur - one which could
have a long term physical effect on Charley and that will
stretch The Doctor and C'rizz to the limit as nothing
it seems that they can do will help Charley walk again.
Charley immobilised The Doctor's explores the fundamental
questions of life and death while C'rizz is left to battle
against the elements with some of the victims of war and,
left to understand what has happened, he learns a terrible
forces are at work on Bortresoye that not even a nuclear
holocaust can tame; natural forces that have excited the
interest of Excelsior, the self-proclaimed saviour of
her people. With her politicians bickering about the bleakness
of war and the futility of survival against such overriding
odds why is Excelsior concentrating so much energy on
preparing her victory speech to a world in which it seems
she is not aware of the true facts regarding its terrible
condition and its dwindling population?
Who will be the last to leave the planet and who will
have to stay behind? Is The Doctor justified in his concern
about Excelsior's state of mind and could her own agenda
be far more sinister than her demeanour suggests? The
Doctor it seems will stop at nothing to change that situation
but has he enough resolve to make a difference?
When one final desperate hope of escape presents itself
to the travellers will The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz
live long enough to find out if there is a way out of
the dire situation that they have found themselves in?
It seems not as nobody it appears has a safe future on
the situation becomes increasingly hopeless, with Charley
paralysed and accepting her fate of "never being
able to walk again", C'rizz involved with the victims
of the nuclear war that nobody else it seems can see,
and with everyone dying around him, will The Doctor be
"The Last" and will he have the final choice
between life and death for being the last survivor on
Is there any way of escape or has The Doctor’s valour
and inventiveness been tested to the limit in a situation
he cannot hope to win?
Only time will tell - but that is a commodity that is
fast running out…
- Featuring the Eighth
Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
- Serial Number: 8T
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 122 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 37'24", 2 = 36'21",
3 = 35'00", 4 = 32'39"
- Total Story Length: 141'24"
- This story takes place after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and follows on from last month’s "Faith
- Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
- Recorded: 9th and 10th June 2004
- Recording Location: Christchurch Studios
- Released: October 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-102-5
|On the Back Cover:
Trapped on a dying
world, The Doctor and Charley come face-to-face with those
responsible for the war to end all wars, while C'rizz
tries to understand what has happened and learns the terrible
are at work on Bortresoye that not even a nuclear holocaust
can tame; natural forces that have excited the interest
of Excelsior, the self-proclaimed saviour of her people.
immobilised and C'rizz left to battle against the elements
with some of the victims of war, one final, desperate
hope of escape presents itself to the travellers.
But who will
be the last to leave the planet? Who will have to stay
behind? And will The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz live
long enough to find out?
|On the Inside Cover:
CALL IT MEGALOMANIA,
BUT there’s something quite satisfying about creating
a whole world and then casually destroying it. Although
I hasten to add that the prospect of wielding such god-like
power wasn’t the main reason for writing this
him face death on so many occasions, almost to the point
where his mortality was in doubt, I thought it would
be interesting to put The Doctor (not to mention Charley
and C’rizz) into a desperate situation from which
there could be little or no hope of escape. It struck
me that The Doctor has always been able to deal with
tragedy or disaster, and to move on from the experience,
without any apparent psychological scars. He has never
really had to accept that the end, even of his own life,
is inevitable. I decided to put that to the test.
A lot of the
script was written late at night and into the early
hours of the morning: a part of the day which felt detached
from reality and, certainly for me, heightened the sense
of bleakness and isolation I was keen to capture in
hope a little of that sense communicates itself.
Hopkins has been involved in Doctor Who fandom
on and off since time immemorial. Many moons ago he was
one of the instigators of the Doctor Who reference
source CMS. Then he went and got a proper job, writing
for TV series such as Dramarama, Into the
Labyrinth and Granada TV’s award-winning definitive
Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett. Now
he’s working for Big Finish - how the mighty have
fallen, he thinks. Allegedly.
The Last wasn’t Gary Hopkins’s first
Doctor Who pitch to Big Finish - that was Virtuosi,
a story which concerned the breaking down of dreams versus
reality. There were moments that seemed too close to ones
in both Caerdroia
Stealer so that fell by the wayside and was replaced
by The Last. One element that did remain was
the word Bortresoye. In Virtuosi, It was a character,
here it becomes the planet. That had itself originally
been Sentrisore but it was felt that was too close to
the name of the character India Fisher had played as well
as Charley Pollard in Neverland.
was Gary Hopkins who suggested the casting for The
Last in the shape of Carolyn Jones, whom director
Gary Russell recalled enjoying enormously as Sharon
Metcalfe in the original 1970s run of Crossroads.
Tom Eastwood was a friend of Caroline Morris, who plays
Erimem in our Fifth Doctor adventures. Tom is best known
to schoolchildren as the voice of Clifford, the
Big Red Dog. Ian Brooker, Jane Hills, John Dorney
and Richard Derrington had all worked with us before
whereas Robert Hines was new to us all, but Gary Russell
had seen him in an episode of ITV’s Agatha
Christie’s Poirot and remembered him from
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