are the Resistance! We are resisting the madness
Firma" is the release for August 2005 month and features
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.
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
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.
good news is the TARDIS
has landed back in our Universe - one where time exists.
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
Finish Magazine - Issue 6 (Summer 2005)
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.
- Issue 6
Hopley, who plays Gemma in Big Finish’s
Doctor Who audio drama Terror Firma,
introduces the latest Big Finish Magazine.
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!
TENNANT - Mark Wright, who adapted
The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
for audio, chats to star David
his Big Finish roles past and present.
TOMORROW PEOPLE - Producers Nigel Fairs
and Jason Haigh-Ellery give us an update on
the audio series as it enters its fourth season.
- 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
WHO: THE LAST - An exclusive deleted
scene from November 2004’s Eighth Doctor
audio play, The Last, introduced by producer/director
& STEEL - Stars David Warner and
Susannah Harker talk us through Big Finish’s
Sapphire & Steel audios...
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.
- Featuring the Eighth
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
- 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…’
ago on the war-torn planet Skaro, a great scientist
created the most evil creatures the Universe would ever
was at their genesis that the scientist, Davros, first
met and was defeated by The Doctor.
the years and throughout space, they fought.
was a fight that ended with The Doctor’s destruction
of Skaro and the Daleks. Except…
survived. Alone. In the dark. With only thoughts of
revenge keeping him alive.
Doctor is back. Davros is waiting.
destiny is now.
|On the Inside Cover:
AFTER BEING COMMISSIONED TO write Terror Firma,
I was asked by Lee Binding for suggestions for the cover.
‘It should be 1980’s electric green.’
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
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.
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.
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
of the Daleks (1988), Terror
Firma had to be the end of the trilogy, hypothesising
what happened next.
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...
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm
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...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
was rescued by The Doctor from aboard the ill-fated
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
she might never see Earth or anyone she has known and
loved ever again. However, after resisting a number
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".
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 Production Team:
|Gary Russell and