2005’s "Three’s a Crowd" has been
written by Colin Brake and is a Fifth
Doctor, Peri and
Erimem story. It has been directed by Gary Russell and
was recorded 26th January and 3rd March 2005.
is Colin Brake's first Doctor Who script for Big Finish
Productions. He previously wrote the BBC novels "Escape
Velocity" and "The
Colony of Lies" as well as The Doctor Who Magazine
free CD story "Silver Lining".
The release for May 2005 was due to be "Catch-1782"
and "Three’s a Crowd" was scheduled to
be released in April 2005 but due to cast availability
Big Finish Productions decided to swap these two releases.
Therefore "Catch-1782" was released in April
and "Three’s a Crowd" in May.
Davison, Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris, playing the
parts of The Doctor, Peri and Erimem, are joined by guest
star Deborah Watling playing a new character, Auntie.
Deborah Watling is best known as former Doctor Who companion
Victoria during the Second Doctor’s era from 1967
starring are: Richard Gauntlett, Charles Pemberton, Lucy
Beresford, Richard Unwin, Daniel Hogarth and Sara Carver.
Erimem still shook up over the events of "The Roof
of the World" and with her questioning whether or
not she wants to keep travelling in the TARDIS,
The Doctor, Peri and Erimem find themselves on an unmanned
monitoring space station in orbit above an almost lifeless
planet in a remote star system. A planet with a colony
whose people are struggling to survive and who are governed
investigating the space station Peri and Enimem stumble
upon what appears to be hundreds of foot long eggs that
will soon hatch into new, inhuman life which will soon
put everyone in danger. The Doctor meanwhile triggers
a security alarm and gets to meet the android Butler who
teleports to the space station to investigate the three
life forms detected aboard the space station.
It is not long before trouble befalls Erimem when she
is accidentally transmatted off the space station and
there is no way of determining exactly where. According
to Butler her atoms may have been scattered into space.
But The Doctor is not alarmed as he is sure that she has
been teleported to the planet’s surface.
And he is correct as Erimem has been teleported to a supposedly
sealed room within the colony. A room containing two other
people – one of which has never been in the presence
of more than one person. Erimem is convinced that there
is a way out and soon finds a hidden door. But when she
tries to leave to explore the colony the two colonists
are at first reluctant to follow her.
Doctor and Peri follow Erimem to the surface and as The
Doctor goes off to meet Auntie, Peri is left alone in
a sealed room in which she hears the sobbing of a girl
in a nearby room. A girl who panics when Peri teleports
to her room.
The TARDIS crew soon discover that the colonists in Earth
Colony Phoenix live unsociably in their cells, are utterly
dependent on transmat technology and unable to leave the
security of their Habitat Domes. They have also developed
severe agoraphobia... not to mention an inability to deal
Why is returning home such a bad idea for the colonists?
What dark secret is Auntie hiding and why is one of the
colonists so special to her? And what fearsome, hungry
creatures will emerge from the space station?
Auntie is clearly up to something with the remaining sixteen
agoraphobic colonists she has rule over and that they
are all in the gravest danger and that to survive, The Doctor, Peri and Erimen must uncover the colony’s
darkest secrets before it is too late as something inhuman
is stalking the colony - it’s hungry and the colonists
and newly arrived time travellers are on its menu!
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
- Serial Number: 6QG
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 110 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'54", 2 = 27'04",
3 = 24'37", 4 = 28'18"
- Total Story Length: 109'53"
- This story takes place between "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani"
and after "The
Roof of the World".
- Cover Illustration: Stuart Manning
- Recorded: 26th January and 3rd March 2005
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: May 2005
- ISBN: 1-84435-144-0
|On the Back Cover:
On an almost lifeless
planet in a remote star system, Earth Colony Phoenix
is struggling to survive. The colonists, utterly dependent
on transmat technology and unable to leave the security
of their Habitat Domes, have developed severe agoraphobia...
not to mention an inability to deal with visitors...
The TARDIS crew
arrive on an apparently abandoned space station in orbit
above the planet and soon discover that they and the
remaining colonists are in the gravest danger.
The Doctor, Peri and Erimem must uncover the colony’s
darkest secrets before it is too late.
is stalking the Colony…
... and it’s
|On the Inside Cover:
WHERE TO START?
AT THE beginning, I suppose. Except I’m not too
sure where the beginning is. You see, I’ve known
Gary Russell for so many years now that I can’t
remember when or where we first met. Early last year
Gary asked if I’d fancy taking a crack at a short
Professor Bernice Summerfield audio for a free
CD to be given away with Doctor Who Magazine. He apologised
that it would have to have a very small cast: just Benny,
a single Cyberman and no more than two other speaking
parts. Now you have to understand this - writers lose
a challenge. Give a writer a blank piece of paper and
tell him to write whatever he wants and he’ll
crawl into a corner and gibber. But give him two characters,
one set and a narrative secret, and tell him you need
a script tomorrow, there’s no stopping him. So
I wrote Silver Lining, and it must have gone
down okay because, out of the blue, another one of Gary’s
challenging emails arrived: how quickly could I turn
around a proposal and set of scripts for a non-Earthbound
adventure for Fifth
Doctor, Peri and Erimem?
How long is a piece
of string? I quickly rustled up a trio of half-page
story suggestions. Two of which I’ll keep for
another time, but suffice to say they both involved
large objects (one a space liner, one a moon) being
directed as a planet. (I think it’s something
to do with really liking the idea behind Four
to Doomsday but hating everything about the execution!)
The third idea was the shortest and was inspired by
a half-remembered short story I’d read years ago
about space explorers who developed agoraphobia. I had
this notion of a colony that had retreated into cell-like
rooms, linked by teleports, who never walked anywhere
and rarely met anyone face to face. And then I began
to wonder to what such a society might be vulnerable.
Gary gave this idea the thumbs up and I began work.
And I can honestly say it’s been the most fun
I’ve had with a set of scripts since Camival Films
stopped making Bugs.
I hope you enjoy
And that I get
another one of those challenging emails from Gary real
Brake has keen a TV writer and script editor use 19 years.
He’s produced scripts for EastEnders, Doctors,
Bugs, Crossroads, Family Affairs
and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married. Convinced
that the BBC cancelled Doctor Who in 1989 mostly
to frustrate his hopes of succeeding Andrew Cartmel as
script editor, he has subsequently written two Doctor
Who novels for BBC Books, two short stories and now
two Who-related audios for Big Finish.
Aware that so far all of Erimem’s adventures bad
taken place on either the surface of an alien planet
in Earth’s past, producer Gary Russell decided
it was time to put Eriinem in peril in a situation she
really encountered before - alien-infested space stations,
futuristic technology and lots of steel and plastic
Add into this Peri’s protectiveness of her new
friend and you have the shopping list given to writer
that he turned into Three’s A Crowd, a
title that not only reflects the situation the Phoenix
colonists find themselves in, but possibly also that
of the TARDIS crew.
a few discussions inspired by the Stranglers’
The Gospel According to the Meninblack album
- looking at flesh farming and lazy couch-potato TV-
watching humans - then throwing in a sprinkle of the
Doctor story The
Ark in Space, a dash
of the movie Aliens and a liberal dose of
claustrophobia and paranoia, Colin moved the story
forward into the
version found on these CDs.
The Fifth Doctor
First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "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 he 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, Erimemushinseperem - Erimem for short - became Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. During
an attempt on her life 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.
During a recent adventure in Tibet, Erimem’s eyes
were injured and although healing nicely now, she’s
still a bit sensitive to bright light.
| Full Cast List:
The Production Team:
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