2007 sees another single release story starring Sylvester
McCoy, as the Seventh
Doctor. Written by Nicholas Briggs "Frozen
Time" is directed by Barnaby Edwards and was recorded
on the 24th and 25th April 2007.
release is another companionless Seventh Doctor story
in which he joins an expedition in Antarctica and discovers
that its leader, Lord Barset, has a hidden agenda. Sylvester
McCoy is joined by Anthony Calf and Bond girl, Maryam
d'Abo. Also starring are: Tony Millan, Gwynn Beech, Gregg
Newton, and Nicholas Briggs.
Lord Barset's expedition to the Antarctic is lost without
trace. Or so it seems…
century later, his grandson funds a much-publicised return
to the icy wastes. His mission: to discover what happened
to the original expedition. But what he finds instead
is an enigma – a battered London police box frozen
in ice millennia old. They also find a body frozen in
preserved body is mystery especially as it is wearing
machine made clothes and must have been frozen in the
ice long before man walked on Earth. Then the mystery
thickens as the body starts to show signs of life and
it is revealed that this person is in fact The Doctor.
But how did The Doctor get there? The Doctor can’t
remember as his long time spent in the ice has affected
As The Doctor
recovers something else is found in the ice – something
else that comes from an era before humankind set foot
on the continent's cold soil. A menace frozen in time.
A menace that is a threat to the whole of mankind – A
reptilian creature that The Doctor realises he has met
before - An alien that The Doctor recognises as an Ice
Doctor’s memory comes back – helped by a
strange sonic interference – the members of the
exhibition realise that they have inadvertently unleashed
a terrible menace – a menace that Lord Barset had
already discovered back in 1929 which, thanks to his
diary that Lord Barset’s grandson had kept secret
until he had proof of what it contained, reveals the
discovery of intelligent lizard like men who walked upright
and who had superior technology.
An Ice Warrior
seems that as well as discovering what had happened to
the earlier exhibition Lord Barset has an even greater
motive to unveil the truth of what his grandfather discovered.
Doctor realises that the city or tomb that the exhibition
thinks they have uncovered is in fact a high security
prison – A prison for very dangerous criminals – who,
like The Doctor, are able to come back to life. Which
means there are more than just the one Ice Warrior -
and once thawed out everyone will be in grave danger
from the creatures from the planet Mars.
The delay of being imprisoned for so long in the ice
is of no consequence to the Ice
plan is to use their sonic devices, to evaporate all
heat from the planet’s atmosphere and so make it
possible for the Earth to be colonised and militarised
for their needs. Unless The Doctor is able to stop them.
But as the
Ice Warriors go on the rampage more members of the expedition
are murdered, and with the weather deteriorating, The
Doctor has an ever increasing problem of preventing more
deaths and to thwart the Ice Warriors plans to destroy
all life on Earth and make it habitual for themselves.
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/B
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 140 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'40", 2 = 24'33",
3 = 26'31", 4 = 26'40"
- Total Story Length: 102'24"
- Also features 50 minutes of music, trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with
- This story takes place between "Survival" and
Who: The Movie" and after "Valhalla".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 24th and 25th April 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: August 2007
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-285-2
On the Back Cover:
1929, Lord Barset's expedition to the Antarctic is
lost without trace. Or so it seems…
century later, his grandson funds a much-publicized
return to the icy wastes. His mission: to discover
what happened to the original expedition. But what
he finds instead is an enigma – a battered London
police box frozen in ice millennia old.
else lies in wait in this awful place, something from
an era before humankind set foot on
the continent's cold soil. A menace frozen in time.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer: Nicholas Briggs
long time ago, when Gary Russell, John Ainsworth
and I were doing our Doctor Who work just for fun,
I wrote an audio play called Endurance. It featured
a character called Lord Barset, who in 1929, ventured
into the frozen wastes of the Antarctic, only to
meet a terrible fate. Now, I wouldn’t go so
far as to say that Frozen Time is either a rewrite
or a sequel to that dusty old audio cassette adventure,
but it certainly does owe some of its inspiration
to it. For those in the know, see if you can guess
exactly which bit of inspiration. Go on. Just for
Director: Barnaby Edwards
Briggs is no stranger to writing exciting action
adventures in far-flung galaxies, but here the
environment in which he places his protagonists
is so harsh, so unforgiving, so alien that you
have to keep reminding yourself that this place
actually exists right here on Earth. Life in Antarctica
is always on a knife edge and this really ramps
up the tension in Frozen Time. The script demands
a lot from its cast and the actors certainly rose
to the challenge, delivering moments of breathtaking
brutality alongside scenes of heartbreaking tenderness.
That’s what drama should be!”
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:
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery