second adventure in time and space for the
Fifth Doctor and his new companion, Amy
as they search for the Key to Time.
Key 2 Time mini-series of audio adventures continues
this month with "The Destroyer of Delights" -
the first double-disc, four-part release from Jonathan
Clements - and takes the Fifth
Doctor and Amy into
the distant past, where they realise that a missing
segment doesn't seem to exist anywhere in space and
idea of putting things into seasons is something we've
been talking about for a long time’, explains
executive producer Nicholas Briggs, ‘and
Doctor Who fans,
let's face it, we think of stories in terms
of seasons. This is the beginning of a move to, retrospectively,
put all our stories into three-story blocks’.
the three stories form a new three-part mini-series
featuring an all new quest for the Key to Time - first
seen in television show back in 1978/79. The Fifth
Doctor, played by Peter Davison, is joined by a brand
new companion called Amy, played by Ciara Janson, a
sentient Tracer created to find the all-powerful Key
Destroyer of Delights
Destroyer of Delights" was recorded on the
21st and 22nd April 2008 and has been directed
by Lisa Bowerman who played The
New Adventures companion Bernice
Summerfield in "The
Shadow of the Scourge" and "The
She also starred in Big Finish's 50th regular CD
release "Zagreus", as well as the Bernice
Summerfield spin off series.
Destroyer of Delights" comes in the middle of
this mini-series, everyone involved in the story’s
development is careful to ensure each ‘segment’ of
the series is an entertaining, fulfilling story in
itself rather than just a component of a larger serial.
And so after the epic chase across all of space and
time that was "The
Judgement of Isskar",
a change of pace and approach was called for. "The
Destroyer of Delights" is therefore a more intimate
and grounded tale set in our planet’s own history. ‘I’m
rather old-fashioned in my approach to Doctor Who’,
Clements has confessed. ‘I was so pleased
when Big Finish asked me for a historical story, I
have such fun with those. The Doctor loves Earth -
he has this inexplicable, unconditional attachment
for it that brings him back here again and again -
and there is so much to talk about in human history
that it seems almost wasteful to send him off to Planet
Rarg to fight the Briggzons, I spent so much of my
working life writing about the historical past that
a day rarely goes by when I don’t think, Blimey,
what if the Doctor was there to see that...? And the
last time I set something in the far future on an alien
world - the Eighth Doctor story "Immortal Beloved" -
a bunch of people assumed it was set in ancient Greece,
anyway! I guess what I’m aiming for is something
very much in the spirit of "Marco
by the story’s director, Lisa Bowerman
- ‘I love Jonathan’s script. It’s
set in the Sudan, and we were debating whether
everybody should have middle-eastern accents.
A couple of the actors I’ve cast have fabulous
Arabic accents, but we decided it would have
been a bit "Carry On Up The Sahara"’.
to who The Doctor and his new companion Amy will be
pitted against - The
Black Guardian is back! The Doctor’s
old enemy, who appeared in the television series in
1979 and 1983.
character was originally played by Valentine Dyall, but
in "The Destroyer of Delights", it will be
played by David Troughton, son of Second Doctor, Patrick
Troughton. This is not the first time David Troughton
has been in Doctor Who - having appeared as King Peladon
in the Third
Doctor 1972 story "The
Curse of Peladon",
1967's Second Doctor story "The
Enemy of the World" (as
an uncredited extra in the first, fifth, and sixth episodes),
and as Private Moor in 1969, in his father’s last
regular story "The
War Games". More recently
he guest stared in the television story "Midnight" and
in "Cuddlesome" the special story given away
free with issue 393 of the Doctor Who Magazine.
was a delight to work with on "Cuddlesome"’,
says "Key 2 Time" Producer David Richardson, ‘and
when I read Jonathan Clements’ script for "The
Destroyer of Delights" I instinctively felt that
he’d be ideal for a character of such great presence
and menace. Fortunately Big Finish’s executive
producer, Jason Haigh-Ellery, and the director, Lisa
Bowerman, absolutely agreed, and David embraced the opportunity
to play a Doctor Who icon’.
guest starring is Jason Watkins playing the part of Legate
of the Caliph. ‘Jason Watkins was recommended
to us by Mark Gatiss’, producer David Richardson has
pointed out, ‘and he has also been excellent
- he and David both have beautiful qualities in their
hearing them working together is wonderful’.
staring are: Jess Robinson, Bryan Pilkington, Paul Chahidi,
Will Barton, David Peart and Toby Longworth.
This story is also a companion piece to a story Jonathan
Clements wrote for The
Big Finish Short Trips collection The
Ghosts of Christmas, called "The Nobility of Faith" which
had the Fourth
Doctor meeting Aladdin, told in the style
of the Arabian Nights. And for those of you who were
wondering the title of this story, "The Destroyer
of Delights", is just one of many names for ‘Death’ in
the Arabian Nights…
- Featuring the Fifth
Doctor and Amy
- Serial Number: 6R/B
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 32'00", 2 =
22'35", 3 = 26'31", 4 = 24'54"
- Total Story Length: 106'00"
- Also features 39 minutes of trailers
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place between
the television adventures, "Planet
of Fire" and "The
Caves of Androzani"and after "The
Judgement of Isskar".
- Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
- Recorded: 21st and 22nd April 2008
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: February 2009
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-364-4
On the Back Cover:
will be always looking in the wrong place. I have
searched through all of Time and I cannot find it.”
for the Key to Time has stalled: the next segment does
not appear to exist anywhere in the Universe. Forced
into a temporary alliance with one of his greatest
enemies, the Doctor suggests a course of action that
is a validation of chaos itself.
at random across Space and Time, The Doctor and Amy
arrive in 9th Century Sudan, where the greedy Lord
Cassim is hoarding gold from the Legate of the Caliph.
But why does Cassim look so familiar? What is the mysterious
Djinni that lives out in the desert? And why does it
need so much treasure?
|On the Inside Cover:
Writer’s Notes: Jonathan Clements
I’Atahiya (748-828 AD), who supplies all
the poems in this play, once wrote: ‘O Time!
Inconstant, mutable art thou / And o’er the
realm of ruin is thy sway’.
Destroyer of Delights is just one of many names
for Death in the Arabian Nights. Some time ago,
I started collecting them, along with other bits
of gossip. Neither the tale of Aladdin nor Ali
Baba seem to have been part of the original Arabian
they were added in foreign versions and translated
back into Arabic and Persian later on. Aladdin
soon became the subject of my short story The Nobility
of Faith in the Short Trips collection Doctor
Who: The Ghosts of Christmas. And that left the story
of Cassim Ali Baba, a historical king of what is
now the Sudan, who hoarded gold from the Caliph
al-Mutawakkil. His act was against all reason,
against all Law.., and then I was asked for something
about the Black Guardian...
Producer’s Notes: David Richardson
gave Jonathan Clements a very simple brief for this story: an historical
featuring the Black Guardian... and he did all the rest. It was an absolute
delight observing as he fleshed those seven words into a full-blooded adventure.
entire Key 2 Time season was recorded within the space of five days, between
April 21-25. And, because we felt it unfair to drop Ciara Janson into the
deep end as Amy, we chose to record The Judgement of Isskar last. So we
began the week with The Destroyer of Delights, kicking off with the reprise
from the previous story, as the Doctor and Amy are confronted by the Black
Guardian while on a collision course with destruction.
Lisa Bowerman and the brilliant cast got the mammoth 169-page script recorded
in just a day and a half, and lovely Jess Robinson, who was just back from
a trip to Morocco, proved to be our unofficial advisor on all that complicated
The Fifth Doctor
First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Land of the Dead"
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…
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The Key 2 Time: The
Judgement of Isskar".
of two artificial lifeforms that have been sent to our Universe by The
Grace, a race of pan-dimensional engineers. Both are living Tracers,
designed with the sole purpose of locating and assembling the six segments
of the Key to Time. This one selects the Doctor to be her assistant,
but soon the dynamic reverses – she gets a name, begins to experience
the wonder of creation, and learns the potential for evil that exists
in people’s hearts… even her own sister’s. And so Amy’s
journey with the Doctor continues, so her innocence begins to fade and
she finds emotions. No longer just a Tracer, Amy is becoming a person.
| Full Cast List:
|The Black Guardian
|Legate of the Caliph
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery