think it is fair to say that no one expected the Eighth
Doctor to return again so quickly after "The
Twilight Kingdom". However, with the announcement,
at the beginning of 2004, of the imminent return of a
new Doctor Who television series, and with a
brand new incarnation of The Doctor, meant that Big Finish
Productions had to rethink their audio plans for the Eighth
Doctor and so he's coming home from his self imposed exile
in the Divergents' Universe earlier than expected.
not quite yet as there's still unfinished business to
attend to in the Divergents' Universe before The Doctor
will recover his TARDIS
and return to the real universe.
The ending to this arc is now inevitable but the questions
remain as how will The Doctor recover his TARDIS so that
he can return to the real universe and what else is there
for him, along with his two companions, to discover? What
is certain is that this will be the final Eighth Doctor
audio season and that it will explain the direction the
Eighth Doctor stories has taken since "Neverland".
to Big Finish co-producer Gary Russell:
"The arrival of a new
series on TV in 2005 has caused us to move things
around in our schedule somewhat," explains
Russell: "With, we hope, lots of new viewers
coming to Doctor Who next year, Big Finish, like
BBC Books and everyone else, is hoping they’ll
want to investigate the show’s past. Thus
we thought it might not be the best time to have
an ongoing series of plays with running themes,
alternate universes and no TARDIS! I think it’s
very important to make potential newcomers feel
welcome - we don’t want them to feel as
if they’ve missed out on so much backstory
that they can never catch up."
that end, Big Finish Productions has decided to bring
forward by a year or so the wrap-up to the Eighth Doctor's
'alternative universe’ story arc that was started
"Yes, I suppose this
rather reveals that he gets out," continues
Russell: "However, I’d never want
to make things quite that simple for him or for
those listeners who have followed these stories
all the way through - I think it’s fair
to say that he won’t leave the Divergents’
universe untouched by the experience. And whether
or not Charley or C’rizz stay or go remains
to be seen."
off this final Eighth Doctor Audio season in September
is "Faith Stealer", a four-part adventure written
by Graham Duff and directed by Gary Russell. Duff is a
regular writer and script editor for Steve Coogan’s
Baby Cow Productions, with Dr Terrible’s House
of Horrible and Combat Sheep amongst his
credits. "Faith Stealer" was recorded 11th and
12th June 2004.
has again been joined by India Fisher, as Charley
Pollard, Conrad Westmaas, as C’rizz, and Stephen
Perring, as the unscrupulous Kro’ka. Also starring
are Christian Rodska, Tessa Shaw, Jenny Coverack, Ifan
Huw Dafydd, Helen Kirkpatrick, Neil Bett, Chris Walter-Evans,
John Dorney and Jane Hills.
When The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz find their journey
through the Interzone interrupted by a nightmarish vision,
they find themselves in The Multihaven - the home to a
vast array of religions and faiths, all living together
With so many
different religions coming and going and all co-existing
peacefully and with discourse conducted amicably the balance
of faith is in constant flux, equality is ensured.
Multihaven is a diverse community - ranging from the pious
Bakoans, to those that deify the versatile product Cabari
and also the followers of the Great Neglector in the Serendipity
faith, who believe in the beauty of happy accidents. Even
The Doctor introduces a new religion The Faith of Tourism
in his need to enter The Multihaven.
there The Doctor and Charley start to catch audio glimpses
of the TARDIS. The Doctor deduces that there is something
very wrong with the TARDIS as they can not see The Doctor
has the strangest feeling that he is being haunted by
her presence. Or maybe the Kro'ka is playing with them.
Doctor soon discovers that despite The Multihaven appearing
to offer the perfect sanctuary in which to convalesce
things are not in harmony as they are at first led to
believe. Under the guidance of the charismatic Laan Carder,
one religion - the 23rd Church of Lucidity - seems to
be gathering disciples and conversions to its order at
a very alarming rate. The Doctor is about to discover
that within The Multihaven an extreme form of belief is
being subverted to serve particular interests as Carder
draws more and more followers into worshipping the Lucidian
With The Bordinan
seemingly unable to help The Doctor and Charley find
the TARDIS it seems that they are on there own as C'rizz
has gone missing and is on the receiving end of some
unorthodox religious practices when he finds himself
in The Hall of Dreams and then in a cupboard - it’s
time for him to see the light.
what has really happened to C'rizz and why has the recent
killing of his female companion L'da come back to haunt
him? What or who is behind his inability to contain
his sense of guilt which has left him open to unsavoury
then things take a turn for the worse when The Doctor
hears the TARDIS materialise nearby and rushes off to
find it only to sees it being destroyed before his very
Charley alone she spots C'rizz but the welcome she receives
from him is not exactly what she expected. Having seen
the light C'rizz it seems has been taken over by the
Lucidians and in his attempt to help Charley to see
the light herself he attempts to strangle her. Thankfully
The Doctor returns to her aid just in time.
Returning to The Bordinan to request more assistance,
and despite The Doctor instructions to only allow C’rizz
to rest after his ordeal, Director Garfolt tricks C’rizz
into undergoing treatment to bleach out all his Lucidity
beliefs. In so doing he releases the Miraculite who
announces that all shall live within and that there
is still lots to do before The Final Harvest.
is Miraculite and why should it make those of the other
faiths lose confidence in themselves and have the power
to worm its way into their minds and breed self doubt,
self loathing and confusion? What is The Final Harvest
and who is really in control the Miraculite or Laan
Carder? And what about the TARDIS has it really been
destroyed or is its random appearance the effects of
The Doctor deduce the nature of the entity behind the
Lucidian religion before it is to late? And will he
and Charley be able to prevent C'rizz being taken over
by whomever has the strongest will in the vicinity?
Doctor’s, Charley’s and C'rizz’s belief,
hope and faith are about to be tested to the limit.
- Featuring the Eighth
Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
- Serial Number: 8S
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 122 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 27'16", 2 = 23'04",
3 = 25'58", 4 = 25'28"
- Total Story Length: 101'46"
- This story takes place after "Doctor
Who: The Movie" and
follows on from March 2004’s "The
- Cover Illustration: Steve Johnson
- Recorded: 11th and 12th June 2004
- Recording Location: Christchurch Studios
- Released: September 2004
- ISBN: 1-84435-103-3
|On the Back Cover:
When The Doctor,
Charley and C'rizz find their journey through the Interzone
interrupted by a nightmarish vision, they are surprised
to find the Kro'ka offering the perfect solution.
a vast array of religions and faiths housed in
one harmonious community appears to offer the
perfect sanctuary in which to convalesce. But under
the guidance of the charismatic Laan Carder, one religion
seems to be gathering disciples at an alarming rate.
With The Doctor
and Charley catching glimpses of an old friend and C'rizz
on the receiving end of some unorthodox religious practices,
their belief, hope and faith are about to be tested
to the limit.
to see the light.
|On the Inside Cover:
DOCTOR WHO IS
AMONGST MY earliest memories. Watching "The
War Games"... my Dad telling me there was to be a new
Doctor... standing in my parent’s garden, having
of the Daleks" thinking how
wonderful it must be to create something like that...
I have only
two regrets about "Faith Stealer". Firstly,
I wish I’d heard Jonathan Clements’s excellent
"Sympathy for the Devil", before my own audio
went into production. There’s a plot detail in
"Faith Stealer" which mirrors one in Jonathan’s
story. And despite reassurances from the producer, it
still niggles at me.
more importantly, due to commitments on another of my
stories, I was unable to attend the recording. So, whilst
the Big Finish team were in Bristol, helping Paul McCann’s
Doctor square up to the Lucidians, I was in Manchester,
helping Johnny Vegas sell soft drugs... However, I feel
duty bound to point out that despite my childhood plans,
neither story in any way resembles "Genesis of
‘thank you’ to the people who either encouraged
me to write a Who audio in the first place, made useful
comments on the manuscript, or listened patiently to
my enthusiastic babblings. Namely Stan Baldwin, Tim
Leopard, Sean Longcroft, Mark Gatiss, Misha Begley and
Dr Sarah Cheang.
Graham Duff is a multi-tasking writer, producer,
actor and all-round nice guy who spends much of his time
working for Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow productions.
Amongst his work are episodes of Dr Terror’s
House of Horrible and Combat Sheep.
He also wrote a Radio 4 pilot entitled Nebulous,
directed by Big Finisher Nicholas Briggs and starring
David Warner, and appeared in the Doctor Who
- Unbound story Exile. What a
If life was a game of Consequences, "Faith Stealer"
is all Steve Coogan’s fault. And the biggest crime
is that the comic maestro himself is probably quite unaware
of it. Basically, Coogan’s production company Baby
Cow commissioned a sci-fi radio pilot from Graham Duff
called Nebulous, a sort of Quatermass
parody. This starred Big Finish alumini Mark Gatiss, David
Warner and Rosie Cavaliero amongst others. Then Big Finish
sound wizard Nick Briggs was employed to direct it. And
one day Graham Duff came for a meeting with Nick at our
offices and bingo... Producer Gary Russell adored the
Nebulous script, asked Graham if he was interested
in doing a Doctor Who. Graham was pleased to
do so and a few months later, "Faith Stealer"
was the result.
the first of this fourth ‘season’ of Eighth
Doctor plays to go out, it was the third recorded in
the ‘season four’ block. It features, amongst
others, the vocal talents of LA-based English actress
Tessa Shaw and Christian Rodska, who Russell had been
trying to involve in a Doctor Who for some
years as the director is a huge fan of Rodska’s
famous vocal talents.
The Eighth Doctor
First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: “Storm
Eighth Doctor has gone through an extraordinary battle.
In order to save the life of his companion and friend
Charley Pollard, he absorbed a destructive energy force
referred to as Zagreus,
currently subdued beneath his own, far more likable persona.
However, this means The Doctor can no longer live in our
universe and so has recently exiled himself into an alternative
universe from which he can never return home...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm
was rescued by The Doctor from the ill-fated R101 airship
in 1930. Recently, much against The Doctor's wishes, she
has gone with him into the Divergent Universe, knowing
that she will never see Earth or anyone she has known
and loved ever again. However, Charley does not seem too
concerned about that and believes it was a price worth
paying to remain at the side of her friend and mentor.
Charley was witness recently to the loss of the TARDIS
when they landed on the first planet of this new universe...
First Big Finish audio appearance: "The
Creed of the Kromon".
Eutermesan, the first actual person The Doctor and Charley
met in the Divergent Universe. Having lost his TARDIS,
The Doctor found himself trapped on a planet separated
into zones, although those within the zones seemed unaware
that they were thus confined. C'rizz's natural curiosity
has made him join The Doctor and Charley. However, he
is an instinctively peaceful man, recently forced to commit
murder against his nature. What effect this may have on
him in the future remains to be seen...
| Full Cast List:
||Ifan Huw Dafydd
|The Bordinan's Assistant
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and
|Executive Producer for the BBC