2007 sees a single release story starring Sylvester McCoy,
as the Seventh
Doctor, in a story by Marc Platt called "Valhalla".
It is directed by John Ainsworth and was recorded on
the 16th and 17th April 2007.
Platt is the writer behind Big Finish Productions most
popular Cybermen Adventure "Spare
the television story "Ghost
McCoy is joined by guest-stars Susannah York, Michelle
Gomez (Green Wings) and Philip Jackson (Chief Inspector
Japp in Poirot and DS Sharpe in A Touch of Frost).
Also starring are: Fraser James, Donna Berlin, Duncan
Wisbey, Dominic Frisby and Jack Galagher.
Doctor finds himself companionless and on one of Jupiter’s
moons. As explained by Big Finish Productions Executive
Producer Nicholas Briggs ‘This story is set
after the Seventh Doctor has parted with Ace and Hex
Doctor is feeling rather lost. Sylvester spoke to us
about exploring The Doctor’s loneliness and his
need for companionship, and Marc’s rather beautiful
script hits the nail on the head’. Nicholas
Briggs also revealed that ‘We may have left
Ace and Hex behind, rest assured that they will be back.
Aldred and Phil Oliver are such a great team, we’re
certainly not looking to lose them!’
Doctor is in Valhalla, Capital of Callisto, Jupiter's
premier moon, where anything and everything is up for
sale. But The Doctor discovers that Valhalla isn't quite
what it says in the brochures – not since Earth
granted independence and cut off the supplies.
power cuts and controlled monthly riots. And then there's
the problem with the termites… Nobody wants to
visit Valhalla let alone stay. So why is The Doctor there
and why is he looking for a job?
visiting a number of Job Centres his presence comes to
the attention of the City Mayor, Laxton. Laxton thinks
he is in charge of an Earth colony but his control is
slipping away especially when his actions are dictated
by the mysterious “Our Mother” and when he
try to escapes from Valhalla he is thwarted – but
what does Our Mother want from him?
Doctor is all alone, having parted company from his companions
Ace and Hex, and so has to discover what is going on
without help. Until that is he bumps into Jevvan who
teams up with The Doctor when it is discovered how much
of her colony is infiltrated by a ghastly, insectoid
they uncover the fact that the termites are of a far
greater threat to the colony than anyone realises. Not
only are there a lot of them but they are over two meters
long - and they are spreading throughout the colony at
an alarming rate. Who is controlling them and why?
it is up to The Doctor to discover the truth behind the
infestation of termites and expose Our Mother’s
plans for the colony – before it is completely
overrun and all its bar-coded citizens are killed one-by-one.
But first he has to infiltrate the colony and confront
companionless The Doctor discovers the termite’s
weakness and help may be at hand when the citizens of
Valhalla start to work together and conduct a real riot…
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/A
- Number of Episodes : 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths:
1 = 26'14", 2 = 24'31", 3 = 26'03",
4 = 26'16"
- Total Story Length:
- Also features 24 minutes
of trailers and special behind-the-scenes interviews
with the cast and producers.
- This story takes place between "Survival" and
Who: The Movie" and after "The Sirens of Time".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 16th and 17th April 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: June 2007
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-198-5
On the Back Cover:
Valhalla, Capital of Callisto, Jupiter's premier
moon, where anything and everything is up for sale.
But Valhalla isn't quite what it says in the brochures – not
since Earth granted independence and cut off the
Doctor (FOR SALE, EXCELLENT CONDITION.) visits the
Job Centre and finds power cuts, barcoded citizens
and monthly riots (ALL BOOKABLE).
then there's the problem with the termites…
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer: Marc Platt
two years since Gary Russell first asked me for a
story featuring a companionless Seventh
wanted it set in a futuristic city plagued by warring
gangs. The monsters were up to me, but he also wanted
a young electrician called Jeavan. Well, some bits
stayed. Valhalla features a job centre, an audio
car chase, a ticketed riot and the largest matriarch
story is about the endearing human habits of exploitation
and of not noticing other worlds right under our
noses; not until those worlds burst out and bite
us and everyone looks surprised! Other people have
rights too, even non-human people! It’s also
about what makes The Doctor work, his compassion,
his inability to sit still and a realisation that
having pursued one particular career, there are an
awful lot of other jobs he may have missed out on.”
Director: Barnaby Edwards
twenty years ago, Marc Platt was the reluctant
participant in a convention cabaret game-show,
hosted by myself. Doing my best Julian Clary impersonation,
I cruelly ridiculed Marc and his writing in order
to entertain the audience. Happily, Marc has since
forgiven me (although I don’t know why).
because over the last few years, as script-editor
and director, I have enjoyed collaborating with Marc
on several very rewording audio productions. They
say that you get out of something what you put into
it. On a Marc Platt story, everyone works very hard
indeed - not least of all Marc himself. But the end
results always make the effort worthwhile.
and I have spent many long hours on the phone nurturing,
encouraging and coaxing Valhalla to its ultimate birth.
But Valhalla is Marc’s offspring. I was just the
midwife. I hope you like the baby. And I hope I have
made amends for my unkind antics of years ago.”
The Seventh Doctor
First television appearance: "Time
and the Rani"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Unregenerate!"
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He
defeats evil. Since his regeneration, The Doctor has been a little unpredictable.
One moment he can be frivolous and fun, the next he’s thoughtful and serious.
| Full Cast List:
|Drome Guard/Resolute Pilot/Worker
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery