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Colditz
(Steve Lloyns
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 "Colditz" has been written by Steve Lloyns and has Sylvester McCoy, as the Seventh Doctor, and Sophie Aldred, as Ace, involved in the notorious Second World War prison. This story is directed by Gary Russell and was recorded on the 26th and 27th May 2001. It was due for release in September but it swapped places with "The Eye of the Scorpion".

 Also starring are: David Tennant (before he was cast as the Tenth Doctor), Tracey Childs (from Howards' Way), Peter Rae, Toby Longworth and Nicholas Young.

 Long-term Big Finish listeners may already have noticed the deliberate similarities between the artist Clayton Hickman's German themed "Colditz" cover and the British themed cover for "The Fearmonger".

 After experiencing problems in the Vortex the TARDIS lands in the courtyard of an imposing castle just as it is getting dark. Ace is eager to explore and despite The Doctor's warning they leave the safety of the TARDIS. As they near the stone walls The Doctor suddenly realises where they have landed and he is not happy especially when the darkness of the courtyard is suddenly bathed in the harsh light from a couple of flood lights.

 But before they can return to the safety of the TARDIS German voices order them to remain still. Then gun shots ring out and The Doctor is hit in the arm. With The Doctor injured Ace (who for this story goes under the moniker of McShane) is forced to comply and it is then that they are informed that for them the war is over and that Third Reich's prison fortress Oflag 4C, which is more commonly known as Colditz Castle, is now their new home…


Seventh Doctor
Seventh Doctor
 While The Doctor is taken to the sick bay Ace finds herself being taken to a cell. Accused of being a British spy Ace is interrogated and threatened by a German Officer. As Ace learns by trial and error of the new regime that she has found herself in she realises that she is in real danger especially from the bitter and twisted Feldwebel (Sergeant) Kurtz who has some rather nasty ideas to make his new female prisoner's time uncomfortable in the extreme.

 Much to the German's initial bafflement The Doctor quickly recovers from his injuries. But the Germans are much more interested in the contents of Ace's rucksack and The Doctor's TARDIS even if it means threatening to shoot Ace so as to get The Doctor to reveal its secrets. As if things could not get any worse The Doctor then finds himself confronted by the mysterious Nazi scientist Klein. It turns out that Klein was expecting The Doctor and his companion to arrive and for some strange reason she seems to know more about The Doctor, his companion and of time travel then is healthy for someone living in 1944.

 It becomes clear to Ace that her very presence in the prison is preventing The Doctor from resisting the German's threats and that she is The Doctor's main weakness. She befriends an RAF Flying Officer and with his help she starts to formulate a way of escaping from Germany's most infamous and notoriously un-escapable World War II prison camp.

Ace

Ace

 The Doctor is forced to make an astonishing choice when he realises that his very presence in Colditz Castle may have changed history. As Klein reveals her secrets he also realises that he may be unable to prevent a predestined tragedy that involves Ace's determination to escape.

 As Ace puts her escape plan into action, with the help of some of the British prisoners, The Doctor also makes an attempt to escape from Colditz Castle and so foil Klein's plans. But as events spiral out of control both he and Ace find themselves recaptured and convinced that there is a spy in the camp. But The Doctor has much more to worry about than the Germans determined to use the TARDIS to further their war effort. He also has to prevent Klein from carrying out her plans that will ultimately lead to a future where the Germans win the war.

 But who is Klein and why is The Doctor convinced that she does not belong in 1944? Why is she so interested in The Doctor rather than his time machine? And why does Ace's role in events play such a pivotal part of current events and why will her choice in music threaten the outcome of the war? And why, even when the TARDIS is out of harms way, is The Doctor still desperate to get history back on track? What else has caused the paradox that The Doctor is desperately trying to prevent?

 The Doctor's interference has caused a train of events that has already had disastrous consequences...

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Map of Colditz Castle (Position your pointer over yellow markers for a description) Moat German Kommandantur German Kommandantur Terrace Store Grass Lawn Moat Bridge Clock Tower Outer Courtyard German Kitchen Kitchen Senior Officer's Quarters Cells Theatre Showers Delousing Shed Inner Courtyard Solitary Confinement Cell Solitary Confinement Cell Terrace House Guard Parcels Office Sick Bay Office Store Chapel Dentist Cell Canteen Grass Area Road to Park Precipice Precipice Precipice Precipice Precipice Yard
 


Notes:
  • Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace.
  • Serial Number: 7U
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 110 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 25'47", 2 = 26'49", 3 = 26'32", 4 = 28'07"
  • This story takes place takes place after "Survival".
  • Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
  • Recorded: 26th and 27th May 2001.
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: October 2001
  • ISBN: 1-903654-47-5

On the Back Cover:

 As World War Two draws towards its conclusion, a Nazi defeat begins to seem almost inevitable. But that might be about to change...

 Two intruders are captured in the grounds of Colditz Castle, the most secure Prisoner of War camp in Germany.

 At first, the guards think they're dealing with British spies. But the strangers arrived in an advanced travelling machine, the like of which they've never seen before.

 With this "TARDIS" in their hands, the Third Reich might triumph after all.

 

On the Inside Cover:

 Once again, a big thanks to Neil Blomley, who suggested sending The Doctor to Colditz, and who also provided me with some great reference material. Thanks also to Chris Howarth, Neil Harding and Jason Lythgoe-Hay, who helped Out with some of the details of Klein's past - and to the usual suspects at "the Brain Trust", who provided answers to a few questions.

 Almost everything I needed to know about Colditz, I learned from an ex-inmate, Major Pat Reid, via his excellent books on the subject, The Colditz Story and The Latter Days of Colditz. They're out of print now, but well worth finding if you can. The true story of the brave and resourceful men who were sent to Oflag IV C is much more fascinating and inspiring than I'd ever imagined, and this play is dedicated to them.

Steve Lyons,
July 2001
 

Full Cast List:

Part One
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Feldwebel Kutz David Tennant
Hauptmann Julius Schäfer Toby Longworth
Flying Officer Bill Gower Nicholas Young
Timothy Wilkins Peter Rae
Klein Tracey Childs
 
Part Two
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Klein Tracey Childs
Timothy Wilkins Peter Rae
Feldwebel Kutz David Tennant
Hauptmann Julius Schäfer Toby Longworth
Flying Officer Bill Gower Nicholas Young
 
Part Three
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Klein Tracey Childs
Timothy Wilkins Peter Rae
Flying Officer Bill Gower Nicholas Young
Feldwebel Kutz David Tennant
Hauptmann Julius Schäfer Toby Longworth
 
Part Four
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Feldwebel Kutz David Tennant
Klein Tracey Childs
Timothy Wilkins Peter Rae
Hauptmann Julius Schäfer Toby Longworth
Flying Officer Bill Gower Nicholas Young

The Production Team:

Writer Steve Lyons
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Toby Richards and
Emily Baker
Theme Music Mark Ayres
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer for the BBC Jaqueline Rayner
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