|The Dark Husband
release for March 2008 is "The Dark Husband" which
has been written by David Quantick. Quantick is chiefly
known as a comedy writer having contributed to shows
as The Day Today, Brass Eye, Smack
the Pony and Spitting
Image. This is the first time, however, that he's
written for Doctor Who. This four-part story is directed
by Nicholas Briggs and was recorded on 18th and 21st
has been described by Executive Producer Nicholas
Briggs as: 'A four-parter written by the esteemed
David Quantick - you may remember his name from the
credits of Brass Eye, The Day Today,
That Mitchell and Webb Sound... and any
number of great
No surprise then that David's story features some
brilliant comic dialogue, as well as a very intriguing
storyline in which The Doctor plans to do something
that he has never, ever contemplated before... '
Dark Husband", which features the Seventh
Doctor and his companions Ace and Hex, will therefore have quite
a humorous streak running through it. But it’s
not all laughs for the TARDIS crew.
the guest cast for this story is Danny Webb, who recently
starred in ITV's primetime drama Honest, and whose Doctor
Who credits include "The Impossible Planet/The Satan
Pit" on television, and "The Girl Who Never
Was" on audio. Also starring are: Katarina Olsson
and Sean Connolly. The cast list also includes Andy B
Newb and Benny Dawb – these are anagrams of Danny
David Quantick's has revealed the scope of his adventure.
'Because it's audio we can do anything if we want
to... a war involving millions of people on a battlefield
size of a moon! That's something that would never look
half as good on television...'
comes across some holiday brochures in the TARDIS The
Doctor and his companions decide to go on holiday to
the planet Tuin - the ultimate holiday destination. When
there is a week-long respite from a prolonged and bloody
war – the Festival of the Twin Moons of Tuin that
makes Glastonbury look like a church fete... or so the
and Ace are looking for rest and recreation. Hex is looking
for the beer tent. But eternal enemies the ginger-haired
Ri and the coot-bald Ir are plotting to turn their Festival
truce to their own advantage.
it soon all goes wrong when the Ri observe the arrival
of the TARDIS and come to the conclusion that The Doctor
and his companions are Ir spies. And then just when The
Doctor is getting close to convincing the Ri that they
are not their enemies they find themselves transported
to the Ir’s battle craft and about to be executed.
the Festival starts, all hostilities cease, and the fun
begins but The Doctor and his two companions soon discover
that the festival has been devastated by a Millennia
long war by the two warring tribes, who seem to have
something in common that they shouldn't have.
Doctor though has a plan to stop the war forever. A radical
plan that shocks both of his companions. Because he is
about to get married when it is revealed that only the
Dark Husband might stop the celebrations turning to horror
- and his bride could be his companion Ace...
processed The Doctor to put himself forward to get married?
What is really behind the planets opposing races and
why can the war only be resolved and Ri and Ir be saved
by the marriage between the Dark Husband and the Shining
Wife? But who is the Dark Husband and who is the Shining
Wife? What terror awaits them on their wedding night?
And how do the lives of billions depend on it?
two companions, Hex and Ace, soon become more involved
in the planets affairs when they become processed by
the planet itself and it is revealed that Ace is the
Shining Wife and Hex the Dark Husband. The Doctor though
deduces that the Ri and the Ir are one of the same race
and are all part of the planet.
he going to save the Ri and the Ir and also save
his two companions from the planets hold on them?
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and
- Serial Number: 7W/G
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'07", 2 = 28'03",
3 = 28'28", 4 = 30'21"
- Total Story Length: 113'59"
- Also features 37 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place after "Survival" and
follows on from "Nocturne".
- Cover Illustration: Grant Kempster
- Recorded: 18th and 21st December 2007
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: March 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-315-6
On the Back Cover:
respite from a prolonged and bloody war, the Festival
of the Twin Moons of Tuin makes Glastonbury look
like a church fete... or so the brochure says. The
Doctor and Ace are looking for rest and recreation.
Hex is looking for the beer tent. But eternal enemies
the ginger-haired Ri and the coot-bald Ir are plotting
to turn their Festival truce to their own advantage.
Only the Dark Husband might stop the celebrations
turning to horror... but who is the Dark Husband?
And what terror awaits him on his wedding night?
anyone knows any just cause or impediment... speak
now. The lives of billions depend on it.
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: David Quantick
my life, two things have haunted me. The first is
to do with the nature of identity; what makes a person
a person? How do good and evil balance each other
out? What happens when they don’t?
second thing is Doctor Who. Which brings us to The
Dark Husband, which not only deals with the nature of identity
but also looks at one of my favourite aspects of The Doctor’s personality; his apparent inability to
go on holiday without everything going really, really
Director’s Notes: Nicholas Briggs
in Doctor Who is controversial. That message sings out
loud and clear every time I visit a Doctor Who convention
or attend a signing. If I ask a group of fans what their
favourite kind of story is, they’re more than likely
going to tell me that they don’t like Doctor
Who when it is ‘trying to be funny’.
I took over this Big Finish job and found that Gary Russell
had commissioned one of the UK’s foremost comedy
writers to write a script for us, I was worried. I needn’t
have been. David Quantick is a big Doctor Who fan. He
loves the programme – Sylvester McCoy’s era
in particular – and he knows that comedy in the
show can most effectively come from the inherent oddness
of an alien situation. But the key strength of his script
was that no matter how good the jokes were, the threat
was still there. And in turning a universally acknowledged
celebration of love and devotion into something disturbing
and dangerous, he is, perhaps, tapping into many people’s
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. He helps people. The Doctor and Ace have had many adventures – and
they’re now joined by Hex, a youthful former nurse from the twenty-first
century. In this regeneration, The Doctor can be impish, devious even, but
also greatly compassionate; whimsy and melancholy do battle inside this persona,
but his friends know they can always rely on him...
First television appearance: "Dragonfire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
McShane, who likes to be known as Ace, was a schoolgirl living in Perivale
West London when she was transported far across time and space to the
Iceworld colony by a time storm. There, she met The Doctor and since
then the pair have travelled the universe together, fighting evils and
righting wrongs. Over time, a close bond has developed between the two.
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Hector Schofield discovered at an early age that the name ‘Hector’ wasn’t
exactly designed to give him the easiest of times at a Merseyside school,
so he began referring to himself as ‘Hex’. Moving down from
to London to complete his medical training, Hex began working as a staff
nurse at St Gart’s Hospital in Shoreditch. There he encountered
Ace and The Doctor, helped them fight off a Cyber incursion and ended
up aboard the TARDIS. Since joining them, Hex has seen enough monsters,
hostile situations and aliens to last most people a lifetime. But clearly
| Full Cast List:
||Andy B Newb
||Katarina Olsson and Sean Connolly
|Ri Computer/Snot Monster
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery