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Something Inside
(Trevor Baxendale)

 The release for June 2006 is "Something Inside" (previously known as "The Cube") and is an Eighth Doctor story by Trevor Baxendale. It is directed by Nicholas Briggs and was recorded on the 14th and 15th November 2005.

This is Trevor Baxendale’s second Big Finish audio - his first being "The Dark Flame" over three years ago. While Baxendale has written several Eighth Doctor novels this is his first audio for fellow Liverpudlian Paul McCann.

 This Eighth Doctor story stars Paul McGann, as The Doctor, with India Fisher, as Charley Pollard, and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz. Also starring are: Ian Brooker, Louise Collins, Liz Crowther, Steven Elder and John Killoran.

Subscribers whose subscription included this title received their copy of the play autographed by India Fisher.

 The Doctor and his companions had been looking forward to a bit of fun, but the TARDIS seems to have other ideas and materializes in a dark room. On leaving the room The Doctor and his two companions find a crazed man screaming nonsense who is then killed in a horrific way. When the mysterious attacker turns on our heroes, and they try to escape back to the TARDIS, they lose there way and find a locked door where there should not be one. With the mysterious attacker closing in on them The Doctor manages to open the door - and then vanishes…
Eighth Doctor
Eighth Doctor

The Doctor has somehow been attacked by the mysterious creature and has been taken to a prison called The Cube - a place where he is imprisoned, tortured, and interrogated by the utterly evil Eryk Rawden.

 Meanwhile, Charley and C'rizz roam the corridors and meet up with fellow Cube inmates Latch, Tessa, and Jane who've been very hard done by their society and masters. Charley and C'rizz soon learn that these inmates are telepathic and so despised by their society. As they learn more about the claustrophobic place they are in the more worried they become. And then C'rizz disappears too…

Separated from his companions, and the TARDIS, The Doctor is again in trouble and seemingly amnesiac. Fortunately despite not remembering anything does not stop him from out-talking and out-thinking his foes and so prevents C'rizz from being tortured - even though he does not recognise his companion when he sees him and he does not remember Charley that C'rizz mentions.

India Fisher
India Fisher

Meanwhile Charley has to fend for herself and to prevent becoming another victim of the Brain Worm - the creature that can’t be seen but seems to be real enough to those trapped within The Cube.

 It turns out that The Doctor was attacked by a Brain Worm - a horrifying mental force that is a by-product of the creation of psychic soldiers involved in a war that hunts down and feeds on brain waves - and especially telepaths. This Brian Worm it seems has taken a large chunk of The Doctor’s memories and knowledge, including his memories of the TARDIS, Charley and C'rizz.

Eventually The Doctor and his companions are reunited and so can work together to defeat the Brian Worm that is inside The Doctor – but first they have to find the TARDIS and prevent the inmates of The Cube turning on them, in their desperation to escape from their prison, and to thwart Rawden and Twist from regaining control of the Brain Worm and to use it in a future war.

 The Doctor’s amnesia however, serves to strengthen him, not weaken him, and so he eventually gets the chance to investigate The Cube and its inmates.

But then when Charley is threatened, by Rawden and Twist, The Doctor loses control of his hold on the Brain Worm and allows it to escape from his mind – but whose mind has it escaped to? When everyone suspects everyone else The Doctor and his companions find themselves in grave danger when the Brain Worm is tossed from mind-to-mind killing as it moves from host-to-host.

 Will The Doctor manage to put all the clues of what is going on together, manipulate the bad guys, regain his lost memories, track down the location of the Brain Worm, companions and of course the TARDIS – the only way out of The Cube?

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  • Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • Serial Number: 8YB
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 125 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 29'59", 2 = 26'11", 3 = 27'53", 4 = 34'38"
  • Total Story Length: 118'41"
  • This story takes place after "Doctor Who: The Movie" and follows on from "Time Works".
  • Early Titles: "The Cube" and "The Psikes".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 14th and 15th November 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: June 2006
  • ISBN: 1-84435-172-6

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On the Inside Cover:

 Some Big Finish plays enjoy - or endure - long gestation periods, and Something Inside is no exception. The idea of me writing this script began when Paul McGann was still the current Doctor, and the prospect of any new Doctor Who series on TV seemed very unlikely.

 How times change! I was formally commissioned for the play while the new television series was in production. I was still writing it as the Ninth Doctor’s exploits unfolded in the spring of 2005. By the time the play was recorded, the Tenth Doctor was about to make his TV debut.

 The point being that we never really know what’s around the corner. And that goes double for Doctor Who, which is exactly as it should be.

So it’s not surprising that it sometimes felt a bit like that when I was writing Something Inside; I never really knew what was going to happen next. It was an exciting but frightening experience - and, hopefully, these feelings will be transmitted to you, the listener.

So sit back - wear earphones if you can - and listen to what’s inside your head. Listen very carefully Can you hear something...?

Trevor Baxendale,
November 2005

Trevor Baxendale is the author of five Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, including The Deadstone Memorial, which won The Doctor Who Magazine readers’ poll for the best novel of 2004. He is a regular contributor to Big Finish’s Short Trips anthologies, and has written scripts for both The Doctor Who and Professor Bernice Summerfield audio series.

Who's Who?

The Eighth Doctor

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

 After a prolonged time trapped in an alternative universe, the Eighth Doctor recently found his way home, along with his longtime companion Charley Pollard and their new Etttermesan friend, C’rizz. Since being back, they’ve faced dangers on alien planets, in Victorian high society and, most terrifying of all, a future Earth almost entirely populated by The Doctor’s oldest and most bitter foes, Daleks. Wherever the TARDIS takes him, it seems there’s no respite...

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 were once alive but are now dead – seemingly at C’rizz’s own hand. Personalities that his travelling companions remain ignorant about...

The Cast Gallery:

The Eighth Doctor - Played by Paul McGann

‘Well, don’t feel telepathic. I’m sure I’d notice if I was. And I can’t tell what you’re thinking. Beyond the obvious, of course.’

 Charley Pollard - Played by India Fisher

‘Ooh. Oww. I wouldn’t try and read my mind right now if I were you. It’s likely to be a bit of a mess. Bang on the head...’

 C’rizz - Played by Conrad Westmaas

‘He died in absolute fear - but there’s something else... Something about his eyes. Something - I don’t know - empty. More than just dead.

 Eryyk Rawden – Played by Steven Elder

‘He useless to me. He was never a psike. But we mustn’t hold that against him. I had hoped that he might prove effective in forcing you to answer some questions though, Doctor. You know, rather than hurting you… I could hurt him…’

 Gorden Latch - Played by John Killoran

‘I’m a survivor; you’re not. If you won’t help us, then at least don’t hinder us. We intend to get out of here. I intend to find the person responsible for this.’

 Tessa Waylund - Played by Liz Crowther

‘You hate me but you need me. That can be an ugly combination.’

 Jane Thirgood - Played by Louise Collins

‘There’s someone else in the Cube now. We can sense him. A doctor. Somehow he’s got in here.., and if he can get in...’

 Garth Twyst - Played by Ian Brooker

‘Keep still, my dear. One wrong move and I’ll blow the top of your head off.’


Full Cast List:

The Doctor Paul McGann
Charley Pollard India Fisher
C'rizz Conrad Westmaas
Gareth Twyst Ian Brooker
Jane Thirgood Louise Collins
Tessa Waylund Liz Crowther
Eryk Rawden Steven Elder
Gordon Latch John Killoran

The Production Team:

Writer Trevor Baxendale
Director Nicholas Briggs
Sound/Music Joseph Fox
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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