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Singularity
(James Swallow)

 The release for November 2005 was due to be a Fifth Dovtor story by Nev Fountain called "The Kingmaker". But this release has been postponed to April 2006. Tacking its place is another Fifth Doctor story called "Singularity" which has been written by James Swallow and directed by Gary Russell. It was recorded: 9th and 10th August 2005.

After a four year gap actor Mark Strickson returns reprise his role as Turlough. Mark’s previous audio adventures were October 1999’s "Phantasmagoria" and May 2001’s "Loups-Garoux". Joining Peter Davison and Mark Strickson are: Max Bollinger, Dominika Boon, Maitland Chandler, Michael Cuckson, Marq English, Billy Miller, Oleg Mirochnikov, Eve Polycarpou and Natasha Radiski.

Audio - Singularity (Tenth Planet Cover)
Singularity
(Tenth Planet Cover)
 Like November 2004’s "Caerdroia" this release has a second cover available exclusively through retailer 10th Planet.

 The TARDIS takes The Doctor and Turlough to Russia in the near future and at the end of the future of humanity, way at the end of time. As they explore the streets and city alleys of Moscow they observe many stylish buildings and come across one particular skyscraper that is 600 years ahead of its time and so is very much out of place for the time period they are in.

 In one particular glass fronted skyscraper they find the Somnus Foundation - an organization that requires a far deeper exploration than an initial look. It turns out that the Somnus Foundation knows the fate of mankind and promises that humanity will evolve into a godlike form of infinite power whose destiny will span the stars.

 But The Doctor knows another fate for humanity; where the human race is destined to fight and to struggle for their very existence, to survive disaster and war and carve an empire from an unforgiving universe. He has seen it with his own eyes and so knows how the future will unfold.

Peter Davison
Peter Davison
When The Doctor investigates the Somnus Foundation further he uncovers an experiment to use the human population to create a group consciousness that will produce a psychic entity – a Singularity – to create a paradoxical future.

But which future beckons? Beneath the towering Somnus headquarters, on the streets of Moscow, a dark power is building and a conspiracy of eternal proportions nears fulfilment on the planet Ember under the sense of emptiness and ending. It is up to The Doctor to stop the religious/philosophical fervour that is being instigated by the Somnus Foundation and to prevent the use of the whole population from being used.

Turlough

Turlough

 But how can such an advanced incursion become part of Russian society and how come they already know of the Time Lords and why are they so bitter towards them? And what implications will a slight injury to The Doctor be? The TARDIS has been detected and so The Doctor is in danger of losing his time machine forever and for it to be misused to create even more havoc to the timelines.

With Turlough seemingly oblivious as to what the implications would be if Earth’s history would change even The Doctor can not suspect that future humans are the villains and that their grudge is because they were apparently "left behind" when the Time Lords left the universe and that he is now on the receiving end of a retribution for future acts of the Time Lords that he is not even aware of.

 
It would seem there are those even The Doctor is powerless to thwart and to stop their attempts to force human evolution and who would rather create a paradoxical future all because their blinkered hate towards the Time Lords is so great.

 
Time is fracturing and The Doctor and Turlough it seems are pivotal in the chaos. Can The Doctor and Turlough prevent history from changing and so prevent the galaxy burning in its wake...

"You're invading your own planet" The Doctor announces – but how can you fight against your future selves and hope to win and to try and end what has already happened?
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Notes:
  • Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Turlough.
  • Serial Number: 6PC
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 130 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 28'18", 2 = 32'18", 3 = 31'17", 4 = 35'46"
  • Total Story Length: 127'39"
  • This story takes place after "Planet of Fire" and follows on from "Loups-Garoux".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 9th and 10th August 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: November 2005
  • ISBN: 1-84435-173-4

On the Back Cover:

Russia, the near future.

 The Somnus Foundation knows the fate of mankind; they promise a tomorrow where humanity will evolve into a godlike form of infinite power.

 It will lead us there, to a destiny that spans the stars.

 This is how the future will unfold.

 The Doctor knows the fate of mankind; the human race is destined to fight and struggle for their very existence, to survive disaster and war and carve an empire from an unforgiving universe. He has seen it with his own eyes.

 This is how the future will unfold.

 Beneath the towering headquarters of the Somnus, in the streets of Moscow a dark power is building, and a conspiracy that stretches across eternity is nearing completion.

 Time is fracturing and The Doctor and Turlough are at the heart of the chaos.

History is about to change -¬ and the galaxy will burn in its wake...

 

On the Inside Cover:

 I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY THE IDEA OF time travel: the spark fir a thousand different stories, for thoughts of infinite tomorrows and yesterdays, of alternate histories and branching lines of possibility... It’s enough to make your head swim, and yet with something as mundane as an aged police box, The Doctor brought that idea into our homes, made it real, let our minds play with it. Often, time was just the river that he navigated, but there were those moments when the nature of then and now in Doctor Who stretched like tallow and suddenly your brain had to run to keep up. I love it when science fiction does that, when you’re blind-sided by a notion that’s so big it knocks you back on your heels. When I think of what inspires me about Doctor Who, it is moments like that which come to mind.

 Singularity is about those sorts of ideas - deep stuff, cosmic things - but it’s also about the other element that makes Doctor Who special to me. It’s a rare hero who possesses the humanity The Doctor does, ironic in a man who isn’t even part of our species. For every galaxy-spanning concept in Doctor Who, there are those profoundly human moments, from the simple farewell to a dear friend to the fate of the entire universe turning on someone’s moment of personal heroism. That’s my Doctor Who; and so is this.

James Swallow,
August 2005

 James Swallow is a novelist and scriptwriter, creator of the Sundowners series of steampunk westerns and the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek television series. His credits include the Judge Dredd audio dramas Dreddline, Jihad and Grud is Dead, and the Space 1889 play The Steppes of Thoth.
 

Production Notes:

Russia was not a locale that Doctor Who ventured into on television, so when the idea of Singularity was pitched the setting, as well as the novelty of the story itself, played a major part in getting it made.

 Of course, this may seem strange - after all, despite being set in Moscow, the cast still travelled no further than Big Finish’s usual haunt of Brixton in south London. However, one of the most appealing things for a director faced with a setting like this is the casting. It would be easy to ask any number of talented actors to ‘put on’ eastern-European accents, but where’s the fun in that? The opportunity to use some real Russians (Max, Natasha and Oleg. Dominika’s a bit of a cheat: she’s Hungarian) was just too good to pass up. And despite perhaps not being as familiar with the concept of Doctor Who as the majority of British actors are, they threw themselves into this strange, scary world. By the end of the two days, they seemed more than ready to jump back aboard the TARDIS at the first invitation.

And you can’t say fairer than that...

 

Who's Who?

The Fifth Doctor

First television appearance: "Castrovalva"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Land of the Dead"

 He has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. Although The Doctor’s TARDIS has recently been full of travelling companions, he is now exploring with just one friend. He first met Turlough on Earth in the 1980’s - like The Doctor, he was an alien visitor to the planet. At first, Turlough seemed untrustworthy, and The Doctor was unsure of his motives. But lately their mutual respect has grown and they have become firm friends.


Vizlor Turlough

First television appearance: "Mawdryn Undead"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Phantasmagoria"

 Originally from the planet Trion, junior Ensign Commander Vizior Turlough, VTEC9/12/44, was masquerading as an English public schoolboy in 1983 when he met The Doctor. Turlough was lied to by the mysterious Black Guardian, and initially believed The Doctor to be an evil threat - he even made an attempt on his life, It took time, but Turlough eventually saw that he could trust The Doctor, and they have since been travelling together for a while - at first with others, but now just the two of them. They have recently had adventures in London in the early eighteenth century and Brazil in the late twenty-first.
 

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Peter Davison
Turlough Mark Strickson
Pavel Fedorin Max Bollinger
Natalia Pushkin Dominika Boon
Seo Maitland Chandler
Cord Michael Cuckson
Xen Marq English
Tev Billy Miller
Alexi Korolev Oleg Mirochnikov
Qel Eve Polycarpou
Lena Korolev Natasha Radiski

The Production Team:

Writer James Swallow
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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