release for April 2006 was "The Kingmaker" by
Nev Fountain a Fifth
Doctor story staring Peter Davison,
with companions Peri and Erimem played by Nicola Bryant
and Caroline Morris.
This story was originally due to be released in
November 2005 but had to be postponed. "The Kingmaker"
is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 20th,
21st November 2005 and 7th December 2005.
starring is Dead Ringers impressionist Jon Culshaw - playing
at one point a cameo of the Fourth Doctor – and
comedian/writer Arthur Smith. Also starring are: Michael
Fenton-Stevens, Stephen Beckett, Marcus Hutton, Chris
Neill, Katie Wimpenny and Linzi Matthews.
Doctor and his companions encounter one of the most notorious
characters from the past - but in slightly different time-zones
thanks to a "hiccupping" TARDIS.
When a publishing robot from the end of time materialises
in the TARDIS, threatening The Doctor that he needs to
finish his book "Doctor Who Discovers Historical
Mysteries" or else. And because when their visit
to an early performance of Shakespeare’s Richard
III proves unsatisfactory, The Doctor feels obliged to
take Peri and Erimem to investigate that notorious King
of England and the Princes in the Tower first-hand.
But things go wrong straightaway – when The Doctor
walks out of the TARDIS it’s 1485 but mysteriously
the TARDIS lands for a second time and his companions
find themselves at the same location but back a couple
taking advantage of the time difference and The Doctor’s
ability to use a future self Peri and Erimem are instructed
to lie low and under no circumstances become involved
with the Princes in the Tower – and so they become
serving wenches at a local tavern. But after finding a
strange body in the woods, that turns out to be recognised
as one of the princes, this becomes impossible.
But for Peri
and Erimem things become worse – coerced
into looking after the princes, then caught up in a plot
to kill them and then used to replace them, so as to hide
the fact the princes are in fact robots, things become
very complicated for The Doctor’s travelling companions.
Especially when a mysterious time traveller is involved
– one that Peri recognises as could being someone
from The Doctor's own past - The Master.
The Doctor being forced to decide the fate of the princes
will he actually be the one to kill his companions…
or maybe the princes are dead already… or maybe
the princes aren’t really princes at all?
in the 1480’s can be a turbulent place, especially
when another time traveller with a ray gun is in town...
What happens when the meddling comes to light? What unexpected
truth can the Tower of London hide and what will the outcome
be when The Doctor becomes mixed up with Richard III himself,
as he tries to unravel the perplexing problem of who exactly
killed the Princes in the Tower?
And what of the mysterious time traveller –
surely it can’t be The Master?
his companions having to bide their time until their timelines
converge The Doctor has to try and deduce what has happened
to his two companions while at the same time investigate
the fate of the two princes and to prevent a fellow time
traveller and writer from unravelling the true course
So who did murder the Princes in the Tower?
Perhaps it’s best not to ask a question like that
as you might not like the answer. And will The Doctor
be able to get rid of the large, threatening robot in
Finish Magazine - Issue 7 (Spring 2006)
7 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 7
JANE SMITH – An in-depth look
at the second run of Big Finish’s Sarah
Jane Smith spin-off. Star Elisabeth Sladen,
producer John Ainsworth and the cast talk
us through the series.
NIGHT THOUGHTS –
We hear from the actors Bernard Kay, Andrew
Forbes and Lizzie Hopley.
SIMON GUERRIER –
The new story editor of the Professor
Bernice Summerfield range of audios and
books drops by for a chat about future of
PRESSURE – Writer
Robert Ross and guest stars Roy Hudd and Doug
THE KINGMAKER –
April 2006’s Doctor Who release
is The Kingmaker, the latest story
from Nev Fountain. We talk to Nev and his
star-studded cast – including Arthur
Smith, Jon Culshaw, Michael Fenton Stevens
and Chris Neill.
SETTLING – A
look ahead to May’s Doctor Who release,
by Nicholas Briggs. Sound design, post-production
and CD mastering by David Darlington. Sleeve by
Stuart Manning. Compiled by David Darlington.
Produced by John Ainsworth & Ian Farrington.
Length 1 hour 20 minutes.
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
- Serial Number: 6QI
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 140 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 34'35", 2 = 33'09",
3 = 37'38", 4 = 33'58"
- Total Story Length: 139'20"
- This story takes place between "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani"
and after "Council
- Early Titles: "The Tower of Secrets",
"The Bloody Tower" and "The Mystery
in the Tower".
- Cover Illustration: Stuart Manning
- Recorded: 20th, 21st November 2005 and 7th December
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: April 2006
- ISBN: 1-84435-161-0
|On the Back Cover:
Doctor Who encounters
one of the most notorious characters from the past, as
he journeys through time to solve the great Historical
The Doctor becomes mixed up with Richard III himself,
as he tries to unravel the perplexing problem of who
exactly killed the Princes in the Tower.
Peri and Erimem
also encounter a suspicious time traveller. Someone
from The Doctor's own past. Someone who shouldn't really
be there at all.
So who did murder
the Princes in the Tower? Perhaps it's best not to ask
a question like that.
You might not like
|On the Inside Cover:
all know The Doctor. He’s a hero. He helps the
oppressed, stamps out tyranny thwarts evil and helps
the underdog. That’s what he always does. Except,
of course, when he doesn’t. When he thumbs his
nose at the oppressed, helps tyranny, rubber-stamps
evil and stuffs the underdog in a binbag and throws
it in the canal with a couple of bricks tied round his
is the big contradiction about The Doctor. About the
whole series, in fact. He’s a good guy who does
good things, and has a strong sense of right and wrong,
but he’s sworn to keep history intact. Bad things
happen in history. Right almost never triumphs and evil
often wins. To keep the universe ticking over, The Doctor
has to let bad things happen to good people. This paradox
has been skated around many times: you only have to
see The Doctor scuttling away from the doomed Aztec
civilization or doing nothing to prevent the Massacre
of St Bartholomew’s Eve to realise that. We see
The Doctor breezily setting the TARDIS controls, leaving
the Great Fire of London to take hold, but we don’t
see the dozen or so people dying as a result of that
fire (some historians say it claimed thousands of lives).
historical adventures turn The Doctor into one of the
few fictional heroes who’s allowed to bump up
against the real world. They mean The Doctor doesn’t
always live in a carefully constructed fantasy world
of daring-do, like a Buck Rogers or a Dan Dare. They
give us a chance to get The Doctor’s hands well
and truly dirty. Now, let’s find a suitable animal
to produce some manure so we can push those pristine
Gallifreyan digits in until he’s in it up to the
together now: ‘A horse! A horse! My kingdom for
Nev Fountain started his professional association with
Doctor Who as script editor of the webcast Death
Comes To Time, and went on to write for Big Finish.
His first Doctor Who audio was the 2003 story
Omega. Normally, he writes comedy and is mainly
known for the BBC2 and BBC Radio 4 series Dead Ringers,
of which he and Tom Jamieson are the principle
writers. He has contributed to more radio and television
series than he cares to remember, including 2DTV,
Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression and Have
I Got News for You.
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 be 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
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.
|The Cast Gallery:
The Fifth Doctor - Played by Peter Davison
‘History is like a sleeping giant.
Best observed, never tampered with.’
& Peri - Played by Caroline Morris & Nicola
ERIMEM ‘So this
is the country of England The Doctor loves so
PERI ‘Yep... This is it, in all its muddy
glory. Beats me why he keeps coming here. It does
get better though. In four hundred years’
time they get the Beatles and fashion sense.’
Duke Of Gloucester - Played by Stephen Beckett
‘You see past, present and future
and make sure we all act according to the rules.
You’re worse than a god. At least a god
allows his subjects to repent.’
- Played by Arthur Smith
got my nickname from when I had me arm broke...
ooh... two years ago now... I had it in a sling
for a whole two months. The lads all noticed and,
with a flash of wit that they’re famed for,
came up with me nickname, and there you are...
Duke Of Buckingham - Played by Marcus Hutton
‘My Lord, the very idea I would
make sport about your physical prowess. The Lord
strike me down if l even contemplate such a thing.’
James Tyrell & Mr Seyton - Played by Chris Neill
& Michael Fenton Stevens
Thing? For your information sir, this is my travelling
machine. My magic cabinet that takes me to places
beyond your imagination.’
Rivers - Played by Jon Culshaw
meeting you. Here I am, escorting the young prince
to be crowned, and his uncle, who I thought was
in Scotland, pops up here of all places.’
& Judith - Played by Katie Wimpenny & Linzi
sir, I will be your serving wench for this evening.
That’s Judith. She’s my sister. Would
you like to sit in carousing or non-carousing?’
| Full Cast List:
|Richard, Duke of Gloucester
||Michael Fenton Stevens
|Henry, Duke of Buckingham
|Sir James Tyrell
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and