(Cavan Scott and Mark Wright)
Forge, the secret organisation led by the vampire Nimrod,
makes a comeback for one final outing in the release
for late September 2010.
Doctor first encountered them in the
2001 audio "Project:
the Sixth Doctor and the Seventh
embroiled in another Forge encounter in the
Cavan Scott and Mark Wright have therefore
teamed up once again to create "Project:
Destiny", as the first story in 2010's
second Sylvester McCoy mini-season, which has
been directed by Ken Bentley and was recorded
on the 26th and 27th April 2010.
the last audio adventure for the Seventh Doctor and his travelling
companions Ace and Hex, things had gone very badly wrong.
After a harrowing adventure in the Crimean War (in the 2009
Angel of Scutari"), Hex had been shot,
and when we left him, he was close to death.
over a year later, a new trilogy picks up where "The
Angel of Scutari" left off with Ace pushing a
wheelchair out of the TARDIS, desperately trying to
get Hex to hospital. As revealed by Sophie Aldred ‘It's
full-on, right at the beginning. Often, you sort of
meander into this new world, whereas this one, it's
like, boom! You're straight in there, lots of action!’
appears that The Doctor has been keeping some secrets
about Hex's mother, and those are finally revealed
in this story. As explained by co-writer Cavan Scott ‘We've
been waiting for him to find out a) what happened to
his mother, and b) that the Doctor was involved. It's
a major betrayal of trust. When we were writing it,
it was like, “Right, so he's got to find out
that The Doctor knew his mum, she was an agent for
a black ops organisation... oh, and she was a vampire
what about Hex? Philip Olivier has played Hex since
2004 but will this story be a fitting end? ‘I
never want to go out on any story’, Philip
Olivier has stated.‘Though I've just been
told I do a good dying scene! It's a good story to
because you do find out all of Hex's past’.
more importantly how much will the loss of Hex affect
Ace? It has been apparent for some time that Hex
and Ace have developed a very close relationship.
by Sophie Aldred, ‘For Ace, it's very emotionally
charged, this Hex-not-being-around thing. It means
a hell of a lot. It's very well written in the first
few scenes, where Ace is really urgently trying to
get him sorted, desperate that he will get well again’.
But it seems that destiny will be conspiring against
Stephen Chance returns as Nimrod in a story which sees
the Seventh Doctor and Ace returning to Earth after
the shooting of their companion Hex, only to find that
London is not what it was. Also guest starring in the
adventure is Maggie O'Neill (Shameless, Peak
Invasion: Earth) playing the part of Captain Lysandra
Aristedes. Also starring are: Philip Dinsdale and Ingrid
the years we've had many requests to continue the
Forge storyline’, Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs
has revealed, ‘and they're back with a
vengeance in this thrilling story of alien mutation
betrayals. Be warned - a long kept secret is about
to be divulged, and things may never be the same
- Featuring the Seventh
Doctor, Ace and Hex.
- Serial Number: 7W/M
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 120 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 22'08", 2 =
28'08", 3 = 32'23", 4 = 32'26"
- Total Length: 114'05"
- Also features 24 minutes of trailers, music
and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the
- This story takes place after "The
Angel of Scutari".
- Cover Illustration: Simon Holub
- Recorded: 26th and 27th April 2010.
- Recording Location: Moat Studios
- Released: September 2010
- ISBN: 978-1-84435-475-7
On the Back Cover:
Leaving her infant son behind, a young mother named
Cassandra Schofield departs Bolton, seeking a better
life amid the lights of London.
the best efforts of the time-travelling Doctor, 'Cassie'
Schofield dies on Dartmoor, a vampirised victim of
the sinister organisation called The Forge.
grown up, and a nurse at St Gart's Hospital, Thomas
Hector Schofield – known as 'Hex' - meets,
and becomes a companion to, that time-travelling
Doctor… but remains unaware that his alien
friend knew his mother, and watched her die.
In the Crimean War, Hex takes a bullet, and is seriously
injured. The Doctor promises to return him to St
Now. In a London ravaged by a deadly contagion… destiny
|On the Inside Cover:
Writers’ Notes: Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
the closing moments of The
Angel of Scutari, a
wounded Hex asks the Doctor to take him home. Project:
Destiny, appropriately, chronicles that homecoming.
Appropriately, as this story marks something of
a homecoming for ourselves.
seven years since we penned Project:
second story to feature The Forge. We had no idea
the effect it would have on the ongoing story arc
of the Seventh Doctor. The tragic Cassie, murdered
by Nimrod, left behind a son - her 'little Tommy'.
In a moment of foresight, former Big Finish producer
Gary Russell (who we thank from the bottom of our
hearts) decided that 'little Tommy', had a much
greater role to play in the Doctor Who universe.
And so, Thomas Hector Schofield was born.
you, the listeners, hove known Hex's parentage
for some time, and of the Doctor's part in his
mother's death, while Hex has remained oblivious.
There have been teases over the years, but now
the Doctor's deceit is about to catch up with him.
We guarantee that nothing will ever be the same
Director’s Notes: Ken Bentley
may have been partly responsible for shooting Hex
a year or so ago, but as for what happens next,
I've been as much in the dark as you. The responsibility
fell on Cavan Scott and Mark Wright to tell us.
For many the very mention of their names will give
you some idea of where this story is going, and
I'm sure you're hoping we tie up a few loose ends!
to say anything about this play is to give too
much away. So I'll stick with some acknowledgements:
thanks to Howard Carter for his wonderful sound
design and score.
And to Big Finish, who occasionally give me the
opportunity to fulfil a lifetime ambition. This
time round it was the opportunity to work with
Maggie O'Neill. She was a delight, and I would
be grateful if someone would start a campaign to
have Captain Aristedes return soon!
what of the bigger questions? Does this story feature
The Forge? Has Stephen Chance returned to reprise
the role of Nimrod? Is Hex toast? There's only
one way to know for sure...
| Full Cast List:
|Sir William Abberton
|Captain Lysandra Aristedes
The Production Team:
||Cavan Scott & Mark Wright
||Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery