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Time Works
(Steve Lyons)

 Titled "Time Works" the release for March 2006 has been written by Steve Lyons and is directed by Edward Salt. It stars Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, India Fisher as Charley Polard and Conrad Westmaas as C’rizz.

This is Steve Lyons' third full Doctor Who audio play for Big Finish Productions, the last being 2001's "Colditz". "Time Works" was recorded on the 16th and 17th November 2005.

 To begin with, it be should pointed out that the only similarity this story has with season two’s Television story "The Girl in the Fireplace" is the idea of clockwork monsters, and even this point is similar in concept only. Whereas Steven Moffat’s clockwork monsters are frightening in the more conventional sense, the "Clockwork Men" of "Time Works" are a much more psychological menace.

 Also starring are: Tracey Childs, Philip Edgerley, Merryn Owen , Ronald Pickup, Adrian Schiller and Beth Vyse.
Eighth Doctor
Eighth Doctor

The TARDIS lands on a remote uncharted planet, obsessed with time, whose population seems to be frozen in time like flies in amber.

As the TARDIS crew wander around the silent city, they are able to hear the ‘winds of time, trying to break in’, but are unable to affect their surroundings or the petrified people who are trapped between the past and future where clockwatching, cutbacks and time-wasting take on sinister double meanings.

 Soon The Doctor finds himself trapped, locked out of the TARDIS and in a different time zone from his companions. His only chance to be reunited with his friends seems to lie inside the clock tower that dominates the city. But first he has to ascertain why the population live in fear of enjoying life and do everything they can to prevent themselves from being deemed to be impeding the progress of industry towards some unknown and unattainable end goal.

However, Charley and C’rizz find themselves an hour in the future where they discover the fate of Doctor - immobilised and about to be decapitated by the royal guards - as soon as the clocks begin to tick. Witnessing The Doctor’s perils they try to influence his timeline – but can they succeed or will their actions put his life in more of a danger?

India Fisher
India Fisher
 In a time where this is no time The Doctor, Charley and C’rizz are rats in the wheelwork, a threat to the schedule of a world where timing is everything. Here, old Kestorian supposedly rules; but what real power lies behind the throne? Who is The Figurehead and why does she regard the population as an ‘organic resource’ and routine culls as ‘staff cutbacks’ and whose efficiency drive is the only purpose of existence? To complicate things further, the fearsome clockwork men are stalking the streets, eliminating anyone they deem to be a ‘clockstopper’.

 The people live in the shadow of the Time Keepers, until their time is up. And the seconds are counting down to a fateful future that has already happened. Unless they can beat the clock.

They are all in a time in which nothing can possibly be. But something is and it is up to The Doctor and his companions to put a stop to it before it is too late and the clock stops forever…

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  • Featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • Serial Number: 8YA
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 110 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 24'29", 2 = 25'09", 3 = 28'57", 4 = 28'15"
  • Total Story Length: 106'50"
  • This story takes place after "Doctor Who: The Movie" and follows on from "Other Lives".
  • Early Titles: "Clockworks and "Tick Tock".
  • Cover Illustration: Lee Binding
  • Recorded: 16th and 17th November 2005
  • Recording Location: The Moat Studios
  • Released: March 2006
  • ISBN: 1-84435-168-8

On the Back Cover:

"You want to know about the Clockwork Men?

 "We work in their shadow, every tick and tock of our lives. We hear them in the workings of the Great Clock. We work hard, turn our hands – but we all wind down in time, and that is when they come for us: when our time is up."

 The TARDIS lands in between times, in a time where this is no time. A time in which nothing can possibly be. But something is…

 The Doctor, Charley and C’rizz are rats in the wheelwork, a threat to the schedule of a world where timing is everything. And the seconds are counting down to a fateful future that has already happened. Unless they can beat the clock.

Tick, tock.


On the Inside Cover:

 What are you reading this for? Haven’t you got better things to do?

 Don’t you have work to be getting on with? I know I do. I can’t afford to sit around here talking to you. I’ve spent enough time on this story already.

 I first submitted it to Big Finish in December 2001, you know. And before that, it was a proposal for a BBC novel, rejected because it was too similar to another one (though rewritten so heavily since then that I know you won’t guess which one). But the basic idea goes right back to 1991, when I was working for a well-known high street bank and dreaming of becoming a writer. Listen to the CDs - if you have the time - and see if you can guess what inspired it.

But, anyway, must get on. Time only waits for one man. That clock’s always ticking.

Steve Lyons,
Thursday 17 November
17:03:42 and counting…

 Steve Lyons has now written three and a half Doctor Who audios for Big Finish, as well as entries in its Sapphire & Steel, The Tomorrow People and Gallifrey series. He’s also written quite a lot of Doctor Who novels and short stories. His recent work includes novels based on various comic book characters, the novelisation of Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin’s Triangle and the detective adventures of Mrs Lucunda Batt for Crime Confidential magazine.

Who's Who?

The Eighth Doctor

First television appearance: Doctor Who
First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm Warning"

 After a prolonged time trapped in an alternative universe, the Eighth Doctor recently found his way home, along with his longtime companion Charley Pollard and their new Etttermesan friend, C’rizz. Since being back, they’ve faced dangers on alien planets, in Victorian high society and, most terrifying of all, a future Earth almost entirely populated by The Doctor’s oldest and most bitter foes, Daleks. Wherever the TARDIS takes him, it seems there’s no respite...

Charley Pollard

First Big Finish audio appearance: "Storm Warning".

 Charley was rescued by The Doctor from aboard the ill-fated R101 airship in 1930. With scant regard for her own safety, and thus against The Doctor’s wishes, she went with her best friend into the Divergent Universe, knowing that she might never see Earth - or anyone she has known and loved - ever again. However, after resisting a number of temptations to abandon The Doctor and C’rizz, she stuck by them and has been rewarded by returning to her own universe. Whether that proves to be a wise or safer course of action remains to be seen...


First Big Finish audio appearance: "The Creed of the Kromon".

 A Eutermesan, C’rizz’s natural curiosity made him join The Doctor and Charley and, although an outwardly peaceful man, the truth has slowly been emerging that his past might not have been as pure and innocent as Charley and The Doctor currently believe. Genetically engineered to absorb the colours, emotions and even ideals of those around him, he now fights to stop himself getting lost amongst the myriad personalities that co-exist within his mind. Personalities that were once alive but are now dead – seemingly at C’rizz’s own hand. Personalities that his travelling companions remain ignorant about...

The Cast Gallery:

The Eighth Doctor - Played by Paul McGann

‘Even the best parties become humdrum once you’ve been to as many of them as I have - bet outside those doors now, there could be anything, literally anything an all. Doesn’t that excite you?’

 Charley Pollard & C’rizz - Played by India Fisher& Conrad Wentmaas

‘Finding trouble is a full time occupation for The Doctor. You know what I think? I don’t think the TARDIS is faulty at all. Or, if it is, that suits him quite well, thank you very much.’

 Kestoriam - Played by Ronald Pickup

‘Then I fear that our work has been nothing. We will suffer the fate of the Old World. Our time will be over.’

 Zahith - Played by Adrian Schiller

‘I know what the workers say of me, but I am not idle. I simply have no

 The Figurehead - Played by Tracey Childs

‘I am their guide, their Figurehead. My functions have been many, dependent upon the needs of the time. The first age was the Age of the Innovator, but that is long over The Age of the Architect too has passed.’

 Vannet - Played by Beth Vyse

‘The Great Clock cannot be turned back. It measures our progress toward completion.’

 Collis - Played by Phillip Edgerley

‘According to my report here, this unit predicted that Mr C’rizz might take me hostage to demand your release. It acted to avert the three point four per cent chance of that possibility becoming actual.’

 Revnon - Played by Merryn Owen

‘The Clockwork Men keep as turning clockwise. Without them, we would be tempted to leave our hands idle, and my sister and I have no time for those who would turn our hands back.’


Full Cast List:

The Doctor Paul McGann
Charley Pollard India Fisher
C'rizz Conrad Westmaas
The Figurehead Tracey Childs
Collis Phillip Edgerley
Revnon Merryn Owen
Kestoriam Ronald Pickup
Zahith Adrian Schiller
Vannet Beth Vyse

The Production Team:

Writer Steve Lyons
Director Edward Salt
Sound/Music Andy Hardwick
Theme Music David Darlington
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
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