Than Water" is the title of the release for September
2005. Written by Paul Sutton it is a direct sequel to
his 2004 debut "Arrangements for War" and
stars Colin Baker, as the Sixth
Doctor, Maggie Stables,
Smythe, and Bonnie Langford, as Melanie
It has been directed by Edward Salt (his first main
Big Finish Doctor Who title and second Big Finish Doctor
Who title – the first being "Excelis
Rising") and was recorded 27th and 28th June
producer Gary Russell's BBC Past Doctors novel "Instruments
of Darkness" this story apparently sees The Doctor
and Mel meet up with Evelyn sometime after she departed
Water" also stars: Ann Bryson, Matt Dineen, James
Parsons, Rachel Pickup, Patrick Romer, Simon Watts,
and the return of Gabriel Woolf as Principal Triumvir
far the relationship between the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn
Smythe has been packed with tragic events and bitter-sweet
experiences. After witnessing so many tragic deaths
of those around her Evelyn has justifiable become rather
disillusioned with the whole concept of travelling with
The Doctor in his time machine. Plus there is the dark
secret that she has kept from The Doctor regarding her
health. So at last Evelyn has left the TARDIS, settled
down on the planet Világ and has married –
but things are not as straight forward as that as it
seems that she still has wish to run off back out into
the universe with The Doctor – if only he has
not forgotten her.
to her forces are at work to undermine her peaceful
life. There are those who seek only to cause political
unrest and they will go to any length to cause problems
for her and her husband on Világ - even if these
mean kidnapping and tampering with Evelyn’s medical
treatment to cure her heart problem.
But The Doctor is about to make a return to Evelyn’s
life and his timely visit could result in an end to
her emotional roller-coaster ride and bring about a
lasting resolution between them.
years after Világ was all but laid waste by the
Killorans, The Doctor is back alongside a different
companion. And a lot has changed since The Doctor and
Evelyn witnessed the previous events on this world when
the Kiloran invaded. Melanie, The Doctors current companion,
is curious about meeting her predecessor.
the planet is relatively peaceful, its tripartite government
now headed by Rossiter - now elected Principle Triumvir.
Yet the legacy of the Kiloran attack is instability.
Torture, kidnap and zombies are among the dilemmas facing
the three time travellers.
as head of a Tripartite government, is working to secure
a peaceful future for the planet by researching the
technology the Killorans left behind. But he has to
contend with opposition from his daughter, Sofia, who
heads a public campaign demanding the destruction of
all alien artefacts.
seems that The Doctor’s visit could not have been
timed any better for him to become embroiled yet again
in this planet’s affairs as emotions soon boil
over into violence, a violence that seems to have gripped
the entire nation and could result in Evelyn’s
is Evelyn so grumpy of late? What happened to those
Killorans who were injured but not killed during the
invasion? What is really going on in a local hospital
ward? And who and why would anyone want to kidnap Evelyn?
Melanie is not free from the danger as she becomes involved
with those plotting against Rossiter which ends in her
being shot at and falling down a lift shaft –
luckily for her she was not the intended bullet’s
victim and The Doctor is there to catch her impromptu
The Doctor be too late to save Evelyn and so prevent
a wonderful partnership coming to an end? It’s
a race against time to save her life despite both The Doctor and Rossiter desperation to see Evelyn survive.
But The Doctor and his two companions are not completely
alone as help is at hand – help from a very strange
source whose knowledge of the future is especially a
shock to Evelyn.
- Featuring the Sixth
- Serial Number: 7CU
- Number of Episodes: 4
- Cover Length: 100 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 1 = 24'49", 2 = 20'53",
3 = 19'24", 4 = 32'21"
- Total Story Length: 97'27"
- This story takes place between "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time
and the Rani"
and follows on from "Arrangements
- Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
- Recorded: 27th and 28th June 2005
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: September 2005
- ISBN: 1-84435-159-9
On the Back Cover:
after Világ was all but laid waste by the Killorans,
The Doctor is back alongside a different companion.
And a lot has changed.
Principle Triumvir, head of a tripartite government,
Rossiter is working to secure a peaceful future for
the planet by researching the technology the Killorans
left behind. But he has to contend with opposition from
his daughter, Sofia, who heads a public campaign demanding
the destruction of all alien artefacts.
caused a rift between father and daughter, and as if
that weren't enough, Sofia doesn't approve of her new
step-mother either. Emotions soon boil over into violence
- violence that seems to have gripped the entire city.
bind people close, but they say that blood is...
|On the Inside Cover:
I’D LIKE TO SAY THANKS AND congratulations to
all involved with making Arrangements for War.
Everyone made the strengths of the relationships jump
out at you - don’t Maggie Stables and Gabriel
Woolf sound just perfect together? - and Steve Foxon’s
score was spot on. I think you got your money’s
worth alone from Philip Bretherton saying the word ‘bivouac’...
And so to those
who deserve a mention for Thicker Than Water.
Sterling work was done at the read-through by Paul Boyling,
who had already given his name selflessly to my Professor
Bernice Summerfield novella, The Purpura Pawn;
Jill Davidson, who would look very good indeed in large
blue polka dots; Kirsten McDonald, who looked rather
bemused by the whole affair but was very polite and
whose accent put me in mind of Tegan; Suzanne Kenyon,
who came willingly at a moment’s notice despite
having no idea who the hell I was - you’re a hero;
Andrew Reid, who rushed frantically across the city
from a clutch of private students to take part; and
Neil ‘Davros’ McCutcheon, who was allowed
to play The Doctor, having bribed me with half a kilo
of Marmite (scarce stuff here in Hungary!).
like to dedicate this play to my friends Philip ‘Warhammer’
Rossiter, Alan ‘metal cyclist’ Lawrence
and Paul ‘I’ll send you recordings of the
new series fortnightly’ Jenner. Thanks, chaps.
teaches English in Budapest to people who have never heard
of Doctor Who. Apart from his previous Doctor
Who audio adventure, Arrangements for War,
Paul has written a Professor Bernice Summerfield
novella, The Purpuro Pawn, found within the A
Life in Pieces anthology.
Sequels are funny things - there’s a general perception
that they never live up to the prime story. Of course,
this isn’t really very true. Yes, the second Nightmare
on Elm Street isn’t a patch on the first, but
nor is it as good as the third or fourth. Yet, few would
deny that Aliens is as good as it is different
from Alien. Or that The Empire Strikes Back
betters Star Wars. Basically, If the first story
is good, the second one, so long as it doesn’t just
try to repeat that formula, should be as good, if not
with some tepidation but also a positive attitude, producer
Gary Russell suggested to Paul Sutton that a sequel
to Paul’s 2004 audio, Arrangements for War,
was a good idea. Having set up the friendship between
Rossiter and Evelyn, against the backdrop of war and
political in-fighting, the need was felt to know what
And there were enough hints and background in that first
story - the characters of Sofia and Jenner, for instance
- to know that there were good foundations to build
upon. Returning to Világ so rapidly was a bit
of an experiment, but hopefully a worthwhile one. Sometimes
you really do need to know how the story ends. Or, at
least, how the next chapter closes...
The Sixth Doctor
First television appearance: "The
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Davros"
has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years.
He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people.
In his sixth incarnation, The Doctor’s propensity
for philology, sesquipedalianism and all matters grammatical
has developed to a degree of dexterity that puts all others
to shame. He has recently found himself travelling with
Mel, an energetic and effervescent young woman. Her optimistic
attitudes and able-minded attack of problems have helped
soften the at times terse and troubled Time Lord.
First television appearance: "The
Trial of a Time Lord"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "The
computer expert from twentieth-century Earth - Pease Pottage,
East Sussex, to be specific - Melanie Jane Bush is young,
bright and enthusiastic. She enjoys her time with The Doctor and the adventures they have. They met for the
first time from Mel’s point of view in 1989 - however,
The Doctor had by this point seen his future and had already
met Miss Bush! Recently, Mel has found herself taking
two enforced periods out of The Doctor’s sight -
three months working for Davros, the creator of the Daleks,
then six months trapped in her own familial past...
Doctor Evelyn Smythe
First Big Finish audio appearance: "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. During an adventure on
the planet Világ, she met Governor Rossiter, a
man who, quite possibly, supplanted The Doctor in her
| Full Cast List:
|Dr Sofia Rossiter
|Dr Andrew Szabó
|Dr Sebastian Lawrence
|Principal Triumvir Rossiter
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell and