For May 2004 we have the welcome return, after a gap
of just under a year, of a story with the Sixth
played by Colin Baker, with companion Evelyn
Smythe played by Maggie Stables. This story follows
on from “Project:
Lazarus” where we witnessed the tragic events
in the Forge and the death of Cassie - a young girl
who had been turned into a vampire and who had been
befriended by Evelyn.
story, titled “Arrangements for War”, centres
on the effects of recent events on Evelyn’s and
The Doctor’s relationship. It has been described
as a Mills and Boon-style gentle romance of love and
war mixed in a heady concoction.
Written by Paul Sutton this story, that marks his Big
Finish debut, has been directed by Gary Russell and
was recorded 19th and 20th February 2004.
starring are: Gabriel Woolf (who played Sutekh in the
television story “Pyramids
of Mars”), Philip
Bretherton, Geoffrey Leesley, Katarina Olsson, Lewis
Rae and Kraig Thornber.
After escaping the
tragic events in the Forge, the murderous clutches of
Nimrod and the death of Cassie nerves are strained onboard
Doctor and Evelyn have things to talk about. But it
seems The Doctor's attitude towards another death in
their lives is a subject that these days that is too
close to Evelyn's heart. Despite The Doctor clearly
trying his best to deal with his own emotions she eventually
demands to be set down somewhere where she can be free
of him for a while. And so they come to Világ
- where love is everywhere. But then war is too.
not all is straight forwards as Evelyn and The Doctor
part company and then fall in with opposite sides and
in different ways which creates rather of a dilemma
- the marriage between Princess of Galen and the Prince
of Melidian that will unite the two countries and put
an end to their conflict. Of course, as it always is,
things are not that simple and the Princess has her
eye on another man, Corporal Reid - who just happens
to be one of her own military men, and has to choose
between true love or a false love that will bind her
Doctor finds himself in the unconventional role of go-between,
he knows full well that the marriage has to take place
to unite the two countries so that their union can strengthen
the military and so avert an upcoming Killoran invasion.
So he finds himself assisting in the hushing up the
Princess's affair with her guard, passing notes between
them and forced to endure their flirting as he is wedged
between them in public displays.
Corporal Reid's longing for Princess Krisztina is just
the start of a potentially politically harmful union
so it is therefore of no surprise that The Doctor's
meddling has landed him in the middle of a truly dangerous
liaison despite Evelyn's current opinion of him.
in the meantime meets a man who wants to change the course
of her life forever. As if all her prayers were answered
Evelyn meets up with Rossiter, Governor of Vilag, who
offers her stability and beauty and romance. Naturally
after such a terrible time of late she dives head first
into his affections and they greatly enjoy their time
together, splashing in the sea, taking in the sights.
He even manages to get her involved with the politics
of the planet, an important position that she finds stimulating
in the extreme. Could it really be time for Evelyn to
leave The Doctor? Or is the choice about to be taken out
of her hands? Then as love vows are shared, Rossitor mysteriously
disappears. Her blooming relationship with Governer Rossitor
it seems is a strange one.
the biggest mistake The Doctor makes is misjudging the
timing of the coming of the alien invaders the Killoran.
Evelyn seems rather more worried about this, and the aura
of doom that befalls Világ, than The Doctor.
all The Doctor can do it seems that events are still
out of their control. History is about to repeat itself
as The Doctor and Evelyn are about to witness another
tragic death - and one that is a direct result of The Doctor’s meddling in things that maybe should
have been left well alone.
As tragedy strikes
The Doctor decides enough is enough and so makes the
dramatic decision to set the TARDIS on a course to alter
established history that could have far greater tragic
results. Given his aversion to such crimes in the past,
it reveals just how hurt he is by recent developments.
Who is to say what is the beginning and what is the
end of love? Will Evelyn ever be able to forgive The Doctor or maybe her timely intervention can not only
save the day but also their relationship.
Only time will
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Evelyn
- Serial Number: 7CK
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 125 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 30'20", 2 = 27'11",
3 = 27'02", 4 = 35'41"
- Total Story Length: 120'14"
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time
and the Rani"
and follows on from "Project:
- Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
- Recorded: 19th and 20th February 2004
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: May 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-095-9
On the Back Cover:
TARDIS, nerves are strained.
the Forge and the murderous clutches of Nimrod, The Doctor and Evelyn have things to talk about. The Doctor's
attitude towards death is a subject that these days
is too close to Evelyn's heart, and eventually she demands
to be set down somewhere where she can be free of him
for a while.
And so they
come to Világ, where The Doctor's meddling lands
him in the middle of a truly dangerous liaison and Evelyn
meets a man who wants to change the course of her life
Love is everywhere.
But then war is too.
Is it time for
Evelyn to leave The Doctor? Or is the choice about to
be taken out of her hands?
And who is to
say what is the beginning and what is the end of love?
|On the Inside Cover:
TO DEDICATE THIS adventure to my grandmother, Mrs Ethel
Elizabeth Wright (1914-1992), who provided me with my
earliest memory of Doctor Who: at her house one Saturday,
a six-year-old me drew a perfect picture of a TARDIS.
I’d used blue crayons and everything. To complete
it I asked her how to spell ‘police’ but
unfortunately she thought I’d said ‘please’.
So I was left with a perfect picture of a time-travelling
please box. Thanks, nan.
Thanks to Gary
and everyone at Big Finish for carrying on the tradition.
Long may they do so.
Thanks to my
friend Andrew ‘Marcus’ Reid for spending
a shed-load of his time reading all the proposals I
wrote and making damn fine suggestions when he should
really have been writing his own stuff.
to Paul Boyling, Kurcz Tünde, Andrew (again) and
my wife for a fun afternoon (without sandwiches...)
doing the read-through.
thanks to Iron Maiden for writing Dance of Death, and
every other album in their back catalogue. Up the Irons!
just to say that I love my wife, who not only came up
with the truly fabulous expression ‘mind-blindingly’,
but is quite possibly the only Hungarian on this or
any other planet who knows when to come in with the
‘oo-eee-ooo’s when her husband starts going
Sutton was writing computer games for Kabooki in Ireland
the first time he submitted a Doctor Who script idea to
Big Finish. After his Excelis submission wasn’t
taken up, he and his wife (she’s the prettier one
in the above picture) went to live in Budepest - although
we hope the two incidents weren’t related. He now
lives in Hungary full-time, teaching English to Hungarian
students, most of whom probably haven’t got a clue
who or what Doctor Who is.
Although he was unsuccessful when pitching an
idea for the Excelis
mini-series, when the open-door policy for unsolicited
scripts was announced in 2003 Paul Sutton immediately
sent in an idea entitled Thine Will Be Done.
It was a terrific idea except that many of the themes
of love, death and redemption had been explored recently
by Joseph Lidster in Master.
lost contact with Paul after Excelis, but being
terribly impressed by his pitch, producer Gary Russell
was delighted to receive Thine Will Be Done,
but rejected it, asking for another idea. First off,
Paul suggested Containment, set in and around
Lithuania with military cover-ups and other paranoia
elements, and Arrangements for War, which suited
the producer’s desire for a Mills and Boon-style
gentle romance. Paul was asked to feature the Sixth
Doctor and Evelyn, and to resolve some of the incidents
alluded to in Project:
About the only real changes were the Princess’s
name being altered from Amelia (the same as a character
Twilight) to Krisztina (the name of Paul’s
wife), rather less location-hopping, and the replacement
of Paul’s aliens, the Choy’im, with a race
from the Bernice Summerfield audio series, the Killorans.
The Sixth Doctor
First television appearance: "The
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Whispers
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years.
He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people.
The Doctor was travelling alone when he met Evelyn Smythe,
a companion who has had a calming effect on him, and a
deep bond of friendship and respect has quickly developed
between the two. More used to loud, energetic youngsters,
The Doctor has appreciated the change of gear the chocolate-cake-loving
divorcee has brought into his life. However, a potentially
damaging disruption to their association has recently
occurred: as the underground base of the Forge, a government
black ops scientific establishment, The Doctor and Evelyn
have been witness to the death of an old friend...
Doctor Evelyn Smythe
First Big Finish audio appearsece: "The Marian Conspiracy"
she first encountered The Doctor, Evelyn Smythe was a
history lecturer at Sheffield’s Hallam university.
He took her on an adventure involving her ancestors in
the sixteenth century - which lead to Evelyn joining The Doctor in his travels. Unbeknownst to him, Evelyn was
resisting efforts by the university administration to
retire her due to a possibly-fatal heart condition, and
so she took the opportunity to explore both history and
the wider universe with relish. Adventures in Cornwall,
on The Doctor’s home planet and with Charles Darwin
on the Galapagos Islands followed, and then the two friends
met Cassie, a young girl unfortunate enough to be turned
into a vampire... Her recent death has had a profound
effect on Evelyn...
| Full Cast List:
|Paramount Minister Mortund
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC