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Son of the Dragon
(Steve Lyons)

 The first release for September 2007 was "Son of the Dragon" by Steve Lyons and directed by Barnaby Edwards and was recorded on the 6th and 8th February 2007.

 This release is a Fifth Doctor story starring Peter Davison with companions Peri and Erimem, played by Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris, and sees our three time travellers in a historical encounter with the real Dracula and stranded in the terrible time of Vlad the Impaler.

Fifth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
"Son of the Dragon" guest-stars James Purefoy as Dracula. Also starring are: Douglas Hodge, Barry McCarthy, Clare Calbraith, Steven Wickham and Nicola Lloyd.



The Doctor, Peri and Erimem find themselves in 15th century Romania and in grave danger. They are initially chased by Prince Radu, nearly poisoned and then they learn that the Prince has plans for the two girls which none of them are happy about. But worse is to come when The Doctor and Peri become separated from Erimem - who finds herself in the illustrious company of Prince Vlad III. But since the murder of his father Prince Vlad III’s has gone by another name - Dracula.

The Doctor and Peri soon manage to track down the whereabouts of Erimem but then The Doctor is stabbed by a stranger in a market place. Fearing the worse Peri is delighted when he manages to make a full recovery – thanks to his alien body. But during the period he is unconscious Erimem decides it is time to part company with her fellow travelling companions and without, The Doctor’s help, Peri is unable to stop her.

After his recovery The Doctor, to Peri’s horror, discovers that an unknown woman – supposedly Dracula’s wife – will die in Dracula’s castle. The Doctor and Peri are convinced that this is in fact Erimem and so it is a race against time to discover if the unknown woman and Erimem are one and the same and, if so, prevent her untimely death and to also convince Erimem to continue her travels in the TARDIS.

Caroline Morris
Caroline Morris
 Erimem is completely unaware of the danger she is in by being in the presence of Prince Vlad III. But what are the true circumstances behind Dracula? Why is Prince Vlad III besieged in his castle with an army outside awaiting the order to attack from Prince Vlad III’s brother Prince Radu? When Peri tries to rescue Erimem could she find herself becoming Dracula’s first victim instead of the close friend she is trying to save?

Will The Doctor be able to alter history or at least manipulate it, so that he and his two travelling companions can leave this time period safely, or will history follow its set course regardless of The Doctor’s attempts to alter it?
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  • Featuring the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem.
  • Serial Number: 6Q/K
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 130 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'44", 2 = 25'51", 3 = 25'02", 4 = 25'21"
  • Total Story Length: 101'58"
  • Also features 36 minutes of music, trailers and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • This story takes place between "Planet of Fire" and "The Caves of Androzani" and after "The Gathering".
  • Cover Illustration: Stuart Manning
  • Recorded: 6th and 8th February 2007
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: September 2007
  • ISBN: 978-1-84435-181-7

On the Back Cover:

I am Prince Vlad III - son of Vlad the Great, and sovereign and ruler of Ungro-Walachia and the duchies of Amlas and Fagaras.

But since my father's murder, I have had another name.

I am Dracula.


On the Inside Cover:

James Perefoy

 “I have a ten-year old son. The idea of Doctor Who versus Dracula seemed like a really good one to him – I told him about it. He would have killed me if I’d said no! My experience of Doctor Who stretches way, way back to Patrick Troughton. And Jon Pertwee was obviously a big one for me because I was a young teenager when [he] was doing it.”

Director: Barnaby Edwards

”I have always enjoyed what are referred to as ‘pure historicals’ – stories set sometime in the Earth’s pas, without aliens or monsters. Brining real history to life presents its own challenges, of course, which is why casting is so important. The dialogue in Son of the Dragon is eloquent and involved, full of facts, allusions and poetic turns of phrase – and that demands a certain kind of actor. James, Douglas and the rest of the talented cast brought immense power, wit and believability to their roles. Their theatrical savvy and native intelligence is the blood that races through Vlad’s veins. After being dead for five centuries, Dracula rises triumphantly from the grave.”


Who's Who?

The Fifth Doctor

First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Land of the Dead"

 He has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. In his fifth incarnation, The Doctor is more restrained in temper, calmer in attitude and visually younger in appearance than he used to be. He looks for the best in people and tries never to deliberately offend or cause trouble. Some may underestimate him because of his comparatively youthful nature. But those enemies who do, do so at their own risk...

Peri Brown

First television appearance: "Planet of Fire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Red Dawn"

 Perpugilliam 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 an edgy side; a wry sense of humour that can infuriate her travelling companion.


First Big Finish audio appearance: "The Eye of the Scorpion"

 Upon 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.


Full Cast List:

The Doctor Peter Davison
Peri Nicola Bryant
Erimem Caroline Morris
Dracula James Purefoy
Radu Douglas Hodge
John Dobrin Barry McCarthy
Maria Clare Calbraith
Gatekeeper Steven Wickham
Ayfer Nicola Lloyd
Krench/Joseph Dobrin Douglas Hodge
Arab Soldier/Dracula's Guard Barry McCarthy
Impaled Peasant/Soldiers/Passerby Steven Wickham

The Production Team:

Writer Steve Lyons
Director Barnaby Edwards
Sound/Music Andy Hardwick
Theme Music David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer Sharon Gosling
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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