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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- Featuring the Eighth
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
- Early Titles: "The Cube" and
- Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
- Recorded: 14th and 15th November 2005
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: June 2006
- ISBN: 1-84435-172-6
On the Back Cover:
YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE CUBE
ALL FORMS OF TELEPATHY ARE PROHIBITED
DO NOT ATTEMPT TELEPORTATION UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
PSYCHIC POWERS WILL BE FORCIBLY REMOVED
(MENTAL SURGERY IS COMPULSORY)
YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS
YOU HAVE NO POWERS
YOU HAVE NO DEFENCE
YOU ARE NOW INSIDE THE CUBE
|On the Inside Cover:
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.
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
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.
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 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.
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
a prolonged time trapped in an alternative universe,
Eighth Doctor recently found his way home, along with
his longtime companion Charley Pollard and their new
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...
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
of temptations to abandon The Doctor and C’rizz,
she stuck by them and has been rewarded by returning
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".
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
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The Production Team:
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