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"The TARDIS is in the centre of The Labyrinth, and the whole idea of a labyrinth is that you’re not supposed to find the centre…"  

Audio - Caerdroia
(Lloyd Rose)

 The third, and penultimate story, in the current "arc" for the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C’rizz, is titled "Caerdroia" and has been written by Lloyd Rose.

 This may be her first Doctor Who audio play but her name will be familiar to BBC Books readers for her novels "The City of the Dead", "Camera Obscura" and "The Algebra of Ice". Rose also has impressive TV writing credits such as Homicide: Life on the Streets and the acclaimed Mexican mobster mini-series Kingpin.

This story has been directed by Gary Russell and it was recorded on the 8th June 2004. It stars Paul McGann, as The Doctor, India Fisher, as Charley, Conrad Westmaas, as C’rizz, and Stephen Perring as the Kro'ka.

Audio - Caerdroia
(10th Planet Cover)
(Lloyd Rose)
 As well as the standard cover (see above), and to mark the November 2004 Dimensions convention, an alternative cover (pictured left) was produced as a limited edition for the 10th Planet shop.

 While The Doctor is taking a nap the Kro'ka makes a visit only to find Charley and C'rizz who realise that they can’t move between Interzone if The Doctor is asleep. However, it is not long before The Doctor awakes and it seems as if the Kro'ka has the upper hand - but could The Doctor have the last laugh. Finding himself in The Doctor’s mind the Kro'ka is forced to reveal the truth behind what has been happening to The Doctor and his travelling companions since their arrival in the Divergents Universe.

 The Doctor is also able to use his ingenuity to obtain from the Kro'ka the location of the ever-so-mysterious beings who are the dominant force in this universe and so the possible location of his TARDIS and so the possibility of regaining it. He also learns that they are in a Universe without time and that no one has heard of the word except for the Divergents.
Eighth Doctor
Eighth Doctor

 The Doctor also realises that the Interzone is infact a clearing station for all movements between the Divergent’s worlds with multiple portals but that there is only one portal through which time can leak and so lead to the Divergents. But will The Doctor be able to use this information that he has gained in the battle of wills between himself and the Kro'ka, and so reach the castle at the centre of Caerdroia - otherwise known as "the fortress of many turnings". Or maybe the Kro'ka has not let on everything about The Doctor and his travelling companion’s next location.

Locating this one portal turns out to be quite easy as being a Time Lord this particular portal will make The Doctor feel ill. With the help of his companions they manage to make it through the portal and so find themselves in Caerdroia - However, this results into one rather nasty side effect - Charley and C'rizz end up with a Doctor who has been pulled apart and so with three Doctors to deal with…

Finding themselves in an unreal environment, where little is what it appears, just so that they can hopefully learn the truth about this universe Charley, C'rizz and the three versions of The Doctor decide to split up - much to the announce of Charley who gets teamed up with the "nasty" side of The Doctor...

 Eventually they find themselves on a journey to the centre of a labyrinth imprisoning a paradox. On there way they have to encounter incongruous time pieces, mythic creatures, the perils of officialdom and the Garden of Curiosities which reveals something The Doctor has never seen before.

India Fisher
India Fisher

As The Doctor faces these different challenges, Charley and C'rizz provide valuable help. But with the TARDIS itself at stake, The Doctor reaches deep inside himself to find some surprising new allies. All this while he is not quite feeling himself…

  And what about the Kro'ka who, feeling threatened and desperate, abandons his behind-the-scenes machinations to confront The Doctor directly? Will both of them lose their way in the maze of the strange world in which they find themselves and will The Doctor and his companions be able to reach the centre of Caerdroia. And if they do will they at last find the TARDIS and so have the means of escaping from the Divergents?

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  • Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • Serial Number: 8U
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 105 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'11", 2 = 26'37", 3 = 27'33", 4 = 26'22"
  • Total Story Length: 105'43"
  • This story takes place after "Doctor Who: The Movie" and follows on from last month’s "The Last".
  • Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
  • Recorded: 8th June 2004
  • Recording Location: Christchurch Studios and The Moat Studios
  • Released: November 2004
  • ISBN: 1-84435-104-1

On the Back Cover:

Self-exiled to a new universe, separated from his TARDIS, opposed and manipulated by the Divergence and their agent the Kro'ka, The Doctor has been struggling to work out the nature of the cosmic game in which he's an unwilling pawn. Now, at last, he has a chance to find the answer ­ and regain the TARDIS!

 Threatened and desperate, the Kro'ka abandons his behind-the-scenes machinations to confront The Doctor directly. But will both of them lose their way in the maze of the strange world in which they find themselves? A world in which a clock may have a cuckoo but no hands, a labyrinth imprisoning a paradox, and a Garden of Curiosities reveals something The Doctor has never seen before.

 As The Doctor faces these challenges, Charley and C'rizz provide valuable help. But with the TARDIS itself at stake, The Doctor reaches deep inside himself to find some surprising new allies.


On the Inside Cover:

 FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS I worked in the theatre, and I came to like and admire actors. I think they lead pretty tough professional lives, with more than their share of being under-appreciated. So when I got the opportunity to write an audio for Big Finish (thanks to Paul Cornell, who scoffed at my shyness and all but dragged me by the arm to meet Gary Russell), I thought that I would like to give Paul McGann, India Fisher, Conrad Westmaas and Stephen Perring something they could have fun with, maybe even show off a bit. This was the genesis of Caerdroia. In the event, I handed them this little container of a script and they blew the lid off it. My gratitude to all of them for their talent, commitment and wit.

Lloyd Rose,
June 2004

Lloyd Rose - has written three terribly popular Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, City of the Dead, Camera Obscura and The Algebra of Ice. She’s also written scripts for TV series as diverse as Kingpin and Homicide: Life on the Streets, but this is her first fray into the world of Doctor Who audio.

Production Notes:

Caerdroia came very simply from a desire to do a fantasy-based story. Producer Gary Russell originally envisioned flying dragons and maidens and orc armies and other Terry Pratchett-style clichés, but once he met and talked with Lloyd Rose in Los Angeles in February 2003, other ideas took shape. Lloyd had written an enormously popular Eighth Doctor novel for the BBC Books range and the producer thought she might be the right ‘voice’ for an unusual, darker, tone for the penultimate ‘alternative universe’ adventure.

 Lloyd took a lot of convincing - her career as a stage and TV writer hadn’t really given her the opportunity to explore audio work - but ultimately she took the minotaur by the horns and really went for it. She opted, rather than have a large cast of actors, just to focus on the four regulars and give them, particularly Paul McGann, something extra to do.

 Caerdroia isn’t quite the fantasy romp Gary Russell originally wanted for this season of stories, although it has certain fantastical moments, but instead its a much more deeply woven story of identity and strangeness.


Who's Who?

The Eighth Doctor

First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm Warning

 The 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...

Charley Pollard

First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm Warning".

 Charley 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".

 A 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 Doctor Paul McGann
Charley Pollard India Fisher
C'rizz Conrad Westmaas
The Kro'Ka Stephen Perring

The Production Team:

Writer Lloyd Rose
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer for the BBC Jaqueline Rayner
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