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"We are the Resistance! We are resisting the madness of Davros!"  

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Terror Firma
(Joseph Lidster)

 "Terror Firma" is the release for August 2005 month and features the Eighth Doctor, companions Charley Pollard and C’rizz and the return of Davros and the Daleks. It was for some reason originally listed in the Big Finish Productions website as a second release for July 2005.

 This story is the first Eighth Doctor adventure that is not part of an audio "season" and the first since his premature return from the Divergents' Universe at the end of the Fourth audio season in "The Next Life". This is due to the return of the new Doctor Who television series, with a brand new incarnation of The Doctor, so making Big Finish Productions having to rethink their audio plans for the Eighth Doctor. "Terror Firma" has been written by Joseph Lidster and directed by Garry Russell. It was recorded on the 25th April and 11th May 2005. "Terror Firma" is Joseph Lidster's third Doctor Who script after "The Rapture" and "Davros".

This is the first Eighth Doctor story to take place after the Divergents Universe arc and follows directly on from the cliff hanger at the end of the last Eighth Doctor story, "The Next Life", where The Doctor and his companions came face-to-face with the Daleks, the main idea behind this story is to put The Doctor through the wringer and to hint about some of the things The Doctor was up to prior to the first Eighth Doctor audio, "Storm Warning".

Eighth Doctor
Eighth Doctor

 Reprising his role as Davros is Terry Molloy. Also starring are: Julia Deakin who appeared in the comedy series Spaced, Lee Ingleby who appeared in the 2003 film Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World, Lizzie Hopley and providing the voices of the Daleks is Nicholas Briggs.

 The good news is the TARDIS has landed back in our Universe - one where time exists.

 The bad news is The Doctor finds himself, with Charley and C’rizz, on the new Dalek homeworld - where Davros, the Daleks’ ancient, withered creator, awaits them imperiously. It seems Davros survived when the Daleks’ original planet, Skaro, was destroyed by The Doctor. Alone and in the dark Davros has had just one thought keeping him alive - revenge.

 Separated from The Doctor and her fellow companion, C’rizz, Charley makes a startling discovery – The TARDIS has materialised on Earth. Which means Davros and his Daleks have achieved the ultimate revenge – to invade and colonise The Doctor’s favourite planet.

But is Davros really in full control or has the Emperor Dalek really got the upper hand? Is Davros’ own destruction at hand? And why are human survivors the Griffin family not so insignificant?

India Fisher
India Fisher
It may be welcome back to our Universe for The Doctor but with Davros waiting and armed with knowledge of events before The Doctor and Charley’s meeting on the airship R101 events are going to spiral out of control for both The Doctor and Davros. Their destiny may be now but even Davros’ future is in doubt.

 How is The Doctor and his going to survive the wrath of the Daleks and is he going to have to pay the ultimate price for his previous attempts to destroy the most dreaded creatures in the Universe or will Davros ultimate virus backfire on him and if Davros is defeated what then for Daleks?

But more importantly what have the Daleks got planned for C’rizz and how important to future events are the voices that C’rizz is hearing?

 Time will tell…

Big Finish Magazine - Issue 6 (Summer 2005)

Audio - Big Finish Magazine - Issue 6
Big Finish Magazine
- Issue 6
 Issue 6 of the 'Big Finish Magazine', a series of behind-the-scenes CDs given away free to subscribers, was also sent out with this release.

 Lizzie Hopley, who plays Gemma in Big Finish’s Doctor Who audio drama Terror Firma, introduces the latest Big Finish Magazine.

 On this issue...


    2-5. DOCTOR WHO: TERROR FIRMA – The latest Eighth Doctor audio sees our heroes face off against Davros and the Daleks... The story’s writer, director and cast - including India Fisher, Conrad Westmaas, Lee Ingleby, Julia Deakin and Terry Molloy - talk us through the production process. SPOILER ALERT! PLOT POINTS WILL BE REVEALED!

    6. DAVID TENNANT - Mark Wright, who adapted The Adventures of Luther Arkwright for audio, chats to star David Tennant about his Big Finish roles past and present.

    7. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE - Producers Nigel Fairs and Jason Haigh-Ellery give us an update on the audio series as it enters its fourth season.

    8. UNIT - Writers Jonathan Clements, Simon Guerrier and Joseph Lidster join sound designer David Darlington and producer Ian Farrington in discussing Big Finish’s recent UNIT audio range. Also included are two deleted scenes from the penultimate story, The Longest Night.

    9. DOCTOR WHO: THE LAST - An exclusive deleted scene from November 2004’s Eighth Doctor audio play, The Last, introduced by producer/director Gary Russell.

    10. SAPPHIRE & STEEL - Stars David Warner and Susannah Harker talk us through Big Finish’s Sapphire & Steel audios...

 Presentation by Lizzie Hopley. Narration recorded by Nicholas Briggs. Sound design, post-production and CD mastering by David Darlington, Sleeve by Lee Binding, With thanks to Robert Dick and Steve Foxon, Producer Ian Farrington. Length 1 hour 14 minutes.

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  • Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • This story includes the Daleks.
  • Serial Number: 8W
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 100 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'13", 2 = 29'01", 3 = 22'42", 4 = 25'51"
  • Total Story Length: 102'47"
  • This story takes place after "Doctor Who: The Movie" and follows directly on from "The Next Life".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 25th April and 11th May 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: August 2005
  • ISBN: 1-84435-137-8

On the Back Cover:

‘Welcome back, Doctor…’

 Centuries ago on the war-torn planet Skaro, a great scientist created the most evil creatures the Universe would ever know… Daleks.

 It was at their genesis that the scientist, Davros, first met and was defeated by The Doctor.

 Over the years and throughout space, they fought.

 It was a fight that ended with The Doctor’s destruction of Skaro and the Daleks. Except…

 Davros survived. Alone. In the dark. With only thoughts of revenge keeping him alive.

 The Doctor is back. Davros is waiting.

 Their destiny is now.


On the Inside Cover:

 SHORTLY AFTER BEING COMMISSIONED TO write Terror Firma, I was asked by Lee Binding for suggestions for the cover.

‘Green, please.’
‘It should be 1980’s electric green.’

 You see, even before I knew what the play’s plot was going to be, I’d derided on its style. For me, the character of Davros brings back childhood memories of watching mid-80s Doctor Who. Everything was underground and dark. The villains weren’t just bad, they were evil, gurgling creatures. And the sets always seemed to be lit by an unnatural, harsh green.

 As Terror Firma was to be the Eighth Doctor’s first adventure back in our universe, it seemed to be a perfect time to put him in that most traditional style of Doctor Who story - rocky caves, metal corridors, larger-than-life characters and green lighting… and, in the middle of all of it sits the most wonderfully evil, gurgling, nasty creature The Doctor has ever fought. Davros.

Joseph Lidster,
March 2005

 Joseph Lidster submitted his first Doctor Who audio, The Rapture on spec. This was followed in 2003 by Master and he has also written a number of stories for both Big Finish’s Short Trips and Professor Bernice Summerfield range of short-story anthologies. Most recently he wrote the third in our series of UNIT audio dramas, The Largest Night, and Daisy Chain for the Sapphire & Steel collection. He is currently working on a Professor Bernice Summerfield play, The Crystal of Cantus.

Production Notes:

Terror Firma was originally going to be written by producer Gary Russell, who had been thinking about doing a third Davros story due to his obsessive desire to tie-up continuity. As Lance Parkin’s Davros had shown what happened to the character between Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) and Revelation of the Daleks (1985), and Scott Woodard’s The Juggernauts had picked up the baton and run between Revelation and Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), Terror Firma had to be the end of the trilogy, hypothesising what happened next.

 As it turned out, the time needed to do it justice wasn’t there, so armed with Russell’s original notes (Davros’s quest, Samson, the setting, the title and some nonsense about sunflowers), Joe Lidster entered the fray and made the story very much his own. He brought to it the divergent storylines for Charley and C’rizz whilst providing the Eighth Doctor with a darker, grittier, more personal story of the type Paul McGann had mentioned more than once that he wanted to do. Also in the mix were conversations between Russell and Terry Molloy about the new things one could do with Davros himself...


Who's Who?

The Eighth Doctor

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

 The Eighth Doctor’s life has gone through an extraordinary series of events recently. Forced to flee into an alternate universe whilst infected with the Zagreas virus, he recently learned that he had been cared almost as soon as he did so. Thus, now free to return to the ‘real’ universe, alongside Charley and C’rizz, he has piloted the TARDIS back to what he terms home. However, as soon as they emerged from the Ship’s control room, an old enemy made his presence known...

Charley Pollard

First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm Warning".

 Charley was rescued by The Doctor from aboard the ill-fated R101 airship in 1930. With scant regard for her own safety, and thus against The Doctor’s wishes, she went with her best friend into the Divergent Universe, knowing that she might never see Earth or anyone she has known and loved ever again. However, after resisting a number of temptations to abandon The Doctor and C’rizz, she stuck by them and has indeed been rewarded by returning to her own universe. Whether that proves to be a wise or safe course of action remains to be seen...


First Big Finish audio appearance: "The Creed of the Kromon".

 A Eutermesan, C'rizz’s natural curiosity made him join The Doctor and Charley and, although an outwardly peaceful man, the truth has slowly been emerging that his past might not have been as pure and innocent as Charley and The Doctor currently believe. Genetically engineered to absorb the colours, emotions and even ideals of those around him, he now fights to stop himself getting lost amongst the myriad personalities that co-exist within his mind. Personalities that may, at times, be stronger and less pleasant than his own. Personalities that his travelling companions remain ignorant about...

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Paul McGann
Charley Pollard India Fisher
C'rizz Conrad Westmaas
Dalek Voices Nicholas Briggs
Harriet Julia Deakin
Gemma Lizzie Hopley
Samson Lee Ingleby
Davros Terry Molloy

The Production Team:

Writer Joseph Lidster
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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