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Scaredy Cat
(Will Shindler)

 An Eighth Doctor story titled "Scaredy Cat", by Will Shindler, is the release for October 2005. This is Will Shindler's second Doctor Who audio play for Big Finish Productions, following his 2003's "The Twilight Kingdom". This story has been directed by Nigel Fairs - his first Doctor Who audio play for Big Finish Productions - and was recorded on the 27th and 28th April 2005.

Joining Paul McGann, as the Eighth Doctor, are companions; India Fisher, as Charley Pollard, and Conrad Westmaas, as C’rizz.
Eighth Doctor
Eighth Doctor

 "Scaredy Cat" guest stars Arthur Bostrom who played policeman, Officer Crabtree, in the BBC comedy Allo, Allo (1985-1992). Also starring are: Michael Chance, Spencer Mclaren, Rosalind Blessed, Ellis Pike and Linda Bartram. Linda Bartram, Michael Chance and Ellis Pike all appeared in "BBV's The Faction Paradox Protocols".

 When C'rizz, enthuses about visiting a planet as unsullied as the Garden of Eden, The Doctor chooses Endarra - the twin planet of war-torn Caludaar. Endarra is supposed to be off limits, when the people of the planet Caludaar pledged never to set foot on their sister planet, so as to preserve its sanctity. So when the TARDIS detects signs of humanoid activity on the planet's surface The Doctor has to investigate.

 While exploring this primitive planet The Doctor and his companions set off an intruder alarm, are captured and so find themselves amongst an advanced civilization that has set up a base amongst the primitive civilization so that their scientists can get on with illegal experiments.

 But what secrets does the planet hold and how can it seem to experience pain? What secret research work is Professor Arken engaged in? Who or what is concealed in the mission’s restricted area? And how can a childish taunt be connected to "the souls of the vengeful" from long ago?

There are laws even The Doctor won't break. And while C'rizz learns that some tragedies can't be averted, Charley finds herself defiant and angry in the face of injustice and must decide who the enemy actually is. For death walks on Endarra, and this time she won't be denied.

India Fisher
India Fisher
A trip back in time four million years to the planet's history, where The Doctor and C'rizz argue over the callousness of letting the people suffer because it is part of the timeline, results in having to deal with the consequences of not interfering with time despite C'rizz’s attempts so as to stop a colony being wiped out by a plague.

 Does Arken really know what he's doing? And then there is a mysterious stranger called Flood who seems to be more than he at first seems.

It seems that this young planet has a "morphogenic field" and so an elemental sentience which embodies in the form of a little girl named Galayana – who it turns out was the last person to be living on the planet after everyone else was killed by a callous alien race who had set off a biological weapon in an experiment.

And then there is an ancient Time Lord law forbidding Time Lords to go to such places for The Doctor to deal with – as if he didn’t have enough to contend with stopping Arken and Flood, protecting Galayana and preventing the death of the native population and maintaining the natural evolution of Endarra.
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  • Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • Serial Number: 8X
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 75 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 17'44", 2 = 17'03", 3 = 17'15", 4 = 21'59"
  • Total Story Length: 74'01"
  • This story takes place after "Doctor Who: The Movie" and follows directly on from "Terror Firma".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 27th and 28th April 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: October 2005
  • ISBN: 1-84435-160-2

On the Back Cover:


 It means literally, 'the soul of the vengeful' - those whose lives have been cut short early and died with empty hearts".

 Millennia ago, the people of the planet Caludaar pledged never to set foot on their sister planet Endarra.

 But what secrets does the planet hold? There are laws even The Doctor won't break.

 And while C'rizz learns that some tragedies can't be averted, Charley must decide who the enemy actually is.

 For death walks on Endarra, and this time she won't be denied…


On the Inside Cover:

 I HAVE A SMALL CONFESSION TO MAKE - many years ago I wrote my university dissertation about a drama called The Monocled Mutineer (yes, I was one of those appalling media students). It aired in Britain in the mid 1980s, was written by one of this country’s finest writers, Alan Bleasdale, and starred a certain Paul McGann in the lead role. Two of Liverpool’s finest, combining to make one of British television’s finest. If you ever have the chance to watch it, go ahead and treat yourself. The opportunity to write for the Eighth Doctor, then, has been a particular treat.

 And, of course, this is the second time I’ve had that pleasure. To my own surprise, half the fun of writing my first audio drama for Big Finish, The Twilight Kingdom, was in creating a mystery - asking questions of the audience, and then hopefully second guessing them with the answers. No surprise, then, that I made that my starting point for Scaredy Cat...

Will Shindler,
May 2005

 Will Shindler was the script editor for BBC drama series Doctors and Born and Bred before taking up a similar post on Thames TV’s The Bill. He’s now a freelance scriptwriter and this is his second Doctor Who audio script for Big Finish. The first, The Twilight Kingdom, was released in March 2004.

Production Notes:

Although not originally pitched as specifically an Eighth Doctor story, the basic storyline of Scaredy Cat remained intact all the way through the pre-production process. Once it was decided to place it within the Eighth Doctor/Divergent Universe arc, some of the more human names changed - Kinley became Niah, Fentiman became Arken - but then everything was rearranged once more when the Divergent Universe storyline came to a close. As alien planets are alien planets regardless of the universe they inhabit, however, the script actually remained pretty much true to what had been planned.

 Having directed the majority of the Eighth Doctor’s audio adventures over the last five years, producer Gary Russell offered Nigel Fairs, who had successfully produced Big Finish’s ranges of The Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel, the chance to cut his Doctor Who teeth on Scaredy Cat. Armed with a largely Sussex-based cast, Nigel ventured into the studio, ready to shape the destinies of the planets Endarra and Caludaar.


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. Therefore, along with his friends Charley and C’rizz, he returned to the ‘real’ universe - the one he terms home. However, as soon as they emerged from the ship’s control room they found themselves face-to-face with Davros. Defeating his old adversary, The Doctor is now free to explore once more...

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 been rewarded by returning to her own universe. Whether that proves to be a wise or safer 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
Galayana Linda Bartram
Niah Rosalind Blessed
Arken Arthur Bostrom
Flood Michael Chance
Bronik Spencer Mclaren
Eldrin Ellis Pike

The Production Team:

Writer Will Shindler
Director Nigel Fairs
Sound/Music Gareth Jenkins and
Andy Hardwick
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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