of Silver" - An Adventure in Three Episodes
"Keepsake" - A Single Episode Adventure
|Kingdom of Silver and
first of two releases for September 2008 is a three-part
story called "Kingdom of Silver" and a
one-part story "Keepsake". Both have been
written by James Swallow, and directed by Ken Bentley
and Nicholas Briggs and were recorded on the 8th
and 9th May 2008.
of Silver" is a Seventh
Doctor story and features
the return of the Cybermen voiced by Nicholas Briggs.
It is set on the planet Tasak, a world where nanotechnology
is being applied to cure sickness, and an alien threat
The Doctor arrives on the planet Tasak he finds a
local power struggle in full swing, as the House
of Argentia seeks to engage rival cadres in a peace
conference that will bring stability in the wake
of a devastating world war. However, alien artefacts
have been located on a sacred island known as the
Heart. Giant, silver statues are buried in underground
tunnels - and The Doctor soon recognises that Tasak
is a Cyberman tomb-world waiting for its resurrection
McCoy is joined by Terry Molloy (who played the part
of Davros in the 1980s), as Magus Riga, Neil Roberts
(Charmed, Babylon 5 and Sliders) as Temeter and Kate
Terence as Sara. Also starring are: James George,
Bunny Reed and Holly King.
of Silver" is another audio drama featuring
Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor travelling
alone. However, as revealed by Nicholas Briggs ‘Ace
and Hex will be back, never fear! I think the Seventh
Doctor works very well on his own. He’s kind
of a mysterious intruder who turns up and pokes his
nose in things because of his insatiable curiosity’.
And as to
the foe The Seventh Doctor has to face writer James Swallow
has revealed. ‘The Daleks were
frightening, but if they caught you, you’d only
be dead. If the Cybermen got you, you become one of them.
I wanted to
try to recall some of that creeping horror about the
early Cybermen - the idea there are millions of them
out there waiting for the call to arms, ready to absorb
entire worlds! I imagine the look of it as all
brass and steel. The juxtaposition of the seamless silver
lines of the Cybermen against the whole rivets-and-boilerplate
technology of the steam age is just cool!’
they are. Ahead of the Cybermen’s much anticipated
television return in the 2008 Christmas Special, the
metal marauders are lurking buried beneath the surface
of the planet Tasak, waiting to strike. ‘It’s
based on something introduced in the classic Patrick
Troughton era adventure, "The
Tomb of the Cybermen"’,
explains executive producer and Cyber-voice artiste
Nicholas Briggs ‘So it feels like a Troughton
adventure with a modern twist. Our story is about an
superior technology feeding into an emerging, industrialized
according to the story’s co-director Ken Bentley
- ‘What’s really clever is how James has
imagined the impact the Cybermen might have on a society
that’s new to the audience. It’s a fresh
story in a new environment, but because the audience
has prior knowledge of the Cybermen, you immediately
understand the gravity of the situation’.
of Silver" is a single episode, Cybermen-less, story
called "Keepsake" that is also written by James
Swallow and directed by Ken Bentley and Nicholas Briggs.
Sylvester McCoy, as the Seventh Doctor, are: Neil Roberts,
Kate Terence, Terry Molloy, James George and, Nicholas
Sifting through the technological junk of Reclaim Platform
Juliet-November-Kilo, The Doctor discovers evidence of
a personal tragedy involving some friends of his. Where
will the story of their fate lead?
|Big Finish Magazine - Issue 12
12 of the 'Big Finish Magazine', a series of
behind-the-scenes CDs given away free to subscribers,
was also sent out with this release.
|Big Finish Magazine
- Issue 12
Who Autumn 2008 Preview with Daleks,
Krotons and a story for the 45th
1. Introduction -
Nicholas Briggs, executive producer of the
Audio Adventures of Doctor Who and Voice
of the Daleks, opens the twelfth Big
by Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson. Edited
Nigel Fairs. Mastered by David Darlington.
Design by Alex Mallinson. Length 1 hour 7 minutes.
Doctor Who Preview -
Script editor Alan Barnes reveals what
is in store
in the coming months, as Doctor
How To Be A Doctor Who Director -
Ken Bentley, co-director of Kingdom
of Silver, gives his perspective
on this Cybermen epic.
Doctor Who - The Stage Plays -
Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery
on a labour of love… reviving
the Doctor Who stageplays
Companion Chronicles -
Deborah Watling discusses her return in The
Great Space Elevator, 40 years after
leaving Doctor Who.
Shadows – Behind
the scenes of the new audiobooks with Kathryn
Leigh-Scott and Alec Newman.
Additional Trailers – All
the latest Big Finish
peeks into the worlds
of The Companion
Chronicles and Sapphire
- Featuring the Seventh
- Serial Number: 7Z/D
- Number of Episodes – "Kingdom of
Silver": 3 and "Keepsake": 1
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths – "Kingdom of Silver":
1 = 32'06", 2 = 24'18", 3 = 33'24" and "Keepsake":
1 = 24'43"
- Total Story Lengths – "Kingdom
of Silver": 89'48" and "Keepsake":
- Also features 38 minutes of trailers and
special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast
- Both stories take place between "Survival" and
Who: The Movie" and after "The
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 8th and 9th May 2008
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: September 2008
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-321-7
On the Back Cover:
"Kingdom of Silver"
Doctor arrives on Tasak in search of refreshment, armed
with nothing more than a kettle. But this is a time
of crisis for a civilisation about to enter an industrial
that a devastating war is only recently over, the
wise and revered Magus Riga will do almost anything
to save his people from the follies of the past.
But the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
And the planet Tasak is host to ancient powers buried
deep and long forgotten. Can visitors from another
world avert disaster or will their intervention drag
this innocent world into the Orion War?
Includes Bonus One-Part Adventure:
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: James Swallow
was with no little trepidation – but admittedly,
a lot of glee too – that I was grateful to
be given a chance to write a Cyberman story. The
children of Mondas have always been my favourite
Doctor Who monster; as wee lad I was never really
afraid of the Daleks, because I lived in a block
of flats back then and with flawless kid logic, I
knew they’d never make it up the stairs to
get me. But the Cybermen were a different story…
if a Dalek got you, you’d just be dead, but if
you fell into the clutches of the Cybermen they would
make you one of them. That whole body-horror, loss-of-self
thing scared the hell out of me; and what I found fascinating
about them was that on some level, you could actually
empathies with those poor Mondasians who had taken the
first ill-fated steps down the road to Cyberhood.
Kingdom of Silver and the coda Keepsake play on these
themes, on the ideas of a road to hell “paved with
good intentions” and the questions of what it is
that defines us as human or artificial.
Co-Director’s Notes: Ken Bently
one thing to come up with a new idea that involves an
old adversary – another thing entirely to throw
in a mythology of your own invention and successfully
bolt the whole lot together.
absorbing and satisfying tale of power and greed is a
rip-roaring yarn from the get-go. That he manages to
combine and contain multiple epic storylines is praiseworthy
enough – but his real accomplishment is to make
it appear so effortless. It’s easy to take for
granted the amount of skill and hard work it takes to
write this well.
Testament to this is how much the cast enjoyed working
on both Kingdom of Silver and Keepsake. I get no greater
thrill as a director than to see actors enjoying their
work and this time round I have James to thank for that.
I hope you have as much fun listening to it as we had making it.
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. 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:
|Kingdom of Silver
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The Production Team:
||Ken Bentley and Nicholas Briggs
and Jason Haigh-Ellery