final release for 2006 was originally going to be "Circular
Time". However, this story is now the first
release for 2007.
|The Year of the Pig
2006’s audio release is now a Sixth
Peri story written by Matthew Sweet and is titled "The
Year of the Pig". It is directed by Gary Russell
and was recorded 27th and 28th March 2006.
O’Brien, who first appeared in Doctor Who between
1965 and 1966 as the First
companion Vicki , is set to make her return in this release
part of Miss Alice Bultitude, ‘a dotty collector
of theatrical ephemera’.
staring is former Blake’s 7 regular (and guest
star in 1977’s "The
Sun Makers") Michael
Keating, as Inspector Chardalot, Paul Brooke, as Toby,
and former EastEnders actress Adjoa Andoh (who was one
of the cat nurses in "New Earth") as Nurse
Year of the Pig" is set in Twentieth-century Ostend
where The Doctor and Peri become embroiled in an attempt
to locate theatre legend Toby the Sapient Pig.
TARDIS has taken The Doctor and Peri to Ostend, in 1913.
While on the beach they are unaware that they are being
watched by a rather strange guest in suite 139 of the
Hotel Palace Thermae. Strange because he has trotters,
a snout and a curly tail...
the Sapient Pig is a swine on the run. Two peculiar strangers
have been hunting him across Europe. The first, Miss
Alice Bultitude, is an Englishwoman and collector of
obscure theatrical ephemera. The second, Inspector Alphonse
Chardalot, is a celebrated member of the detective police
- the man who brought the trunk murderess of St Germain
is coming. A war in which millions will die. And Toby
the Sapient Pig knows it. The Doctor and Peri find themselves
doing battle with a villain who wants to wipe every last
human from the face of the earth - once he's had just
another dish of truffles. And maybe a valedictory glass
of fizzy lemonade…
Doctor and Peri are supposed to be having a reading week
but after they become involved in saving, along
with Miss Alice Bultitude, Inspector Alphonse Chardalot
from drowning in the sea they find themselves being invited
to dine with the Inspector in the Hotel Palace Thermae.
But is Inspector Alphonse Chardalot who he claims to
be and how come he needed rescuing from the sea? Miss
Alice Bultitude has her doubts about the Inspector and
discusses them with Peri. She then informs Peri and The
Doctor about the strange guest in suite 139. Which leads
them to a short-lived encounter with Toby who panics
when he recognises The Doctor.
can remember of this encounter is entering a room in
the hotel and witnessing a pig in clothes, eating potato
ships, watching a film depicting a pig wearing a ruff
and dictating Shakespeare... The next thing she wakes
up with Inspector Alphonse Chardalot in her hotel room
being told that she was found at the bottom of a laundry
chute. While the Inspector goes off to investigate further
Peri is left being cared by Nurse Albertine…
The Doctor and Miss Alice Bultitude there is no sign
of them in the hotel and so Inspector Alphonse Chardalot
finds himself investigating there disappearance. He is
unaware that they are both with Toby - Miss Alice Bultitude
it seems is in awe of Toby while The Doctor is his prisoner.
It seems the reason for Toby need to hide himself away
is due to him being paranoid about a man from the future
who is going to kill him - but Toby plans to use the
time machine to undo the mistakes of history and to destroy
the abomination that he sees as the human race. Luckily
for The Doctor no one, apart from Peri, knows that he
has a time-machine. Until that is Peri finds the TARDIS
is also missing and so informs Inspector Alphonse Chardalot
of why it is so important that it is also found.
The Doctor actually be the man from the future that Toby
fears so much or could it be the Inspector? Who has taken
the TARDIS and who is the real villain? Will Peri’s
steamy rendezvous with the Inspector reveal who it is?
Why does the Inspector have a device to detect time travellers
and why does he imprison both Peri and Nurse Albertine
and then kidnap Miss Alice Bultitude and pignap Toby?
What will be the result of The Doctor’s rendezvous
on a Brussels bound train and the revelation of a diary
that he finds in the Inspector’s luggage? And what
will happen when Peri and Nurse Albertine arrive in Brussels
closely followed by The Doctor and Toby.
seems that not everyone is who they claim to be leaving
The Doctor and Peri with the difficult task of unravelling
the truth, to prevent Toby’s assassination, to
prevent a rather radical operation and to retrieve The
for this month is a bonus story for subscribers to the
Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range. This single-CD
adventure is entitled "Return of the Daleks" and
features a solo Seventh
Doctor in a battle with his arch
enemies - The Daleks. - "Return of the Daleks" is
a crossover of sorts with the earlier Dalek Empire audio
series and has been written and directed by Nicholas
Briggs. Briggs, who is also the voice of the Daleks in
the Doctor Who television series, once again is heard
shouting 'Exterminate' at The Doctor.
- Featuring the Sixth
Doctor and Peri.
- Serial Number: 6YA
- Number of Episodes: 2
- Cover Length: 146 minutes
- Episode Lengths: 1 = 76'48", 2 = 67'10"
- Total Story Length: 133'58"
- This story takes place between "Revelation
of the Daleks" and "The
Trial of a Time Lord" and follows on from "The
- Cover Illustration: Stuart Manning
- Recorded: 27th and 28th March 2006
- Recording Location: The Moat Studios
- Released: December 2006
- ISBN: 1-84435-169-6
On the Back Cover:
Ostend, 1913. War is coming.
A war in which millions will die. And the guest in
suite 139 of the Hotel Palace Thermae knows it. Which
is odd, considering he has trotters,
a snout and a lovely curly tail.
Toby the Sapient
Pig is a swine on the run. Two peculiar strangers
have been hunting him across Europe. The first, Miss
Alice Bultitude, is an Englishwoman and collector
of obscure theatrical ephemera. The second, Inspector
Alphonse Chardalot, is a celebrated member of the
detective police - the man who brought the trunk
murderess of St Germain to justice.
This was supposed to be a reading
week for The Doctor and Peri. Now they must do battle
with a villain who wants to wipe every last human
from the face of the earth - once he's had just another
dish of truffles. And maybe a valedictory glass of
|On the Inside Cover:
Year of the Pig - which
fantasises itself to be a lost fragment of old Doctor
Who - first became a certainty at the launch
of the new Doctor Who. But the new Doctor
Who almost did for it. It was the pig you see. Would
a pig in a toupee on the balcony of a Belgian hotel
be considered too similar to a pig in a spacesuit trotting
around the corridors of a twenty-first century hospital?
I was pondering this question at the press launch for
Rose, nursing a gin and tonic and basking in the warmth
of a lucent Billie Piper, when Russell T Davies bounded
in, grinning that big Russell T Davies grin. And a
moment later, it was all on.
I suppose that if I’d
been a smarter operator, the play might have entered
production more briskly I sent the script unsolicited
to Big Finish, and as the title begins with the antepenultimate
letter of the alphabet, it slushed in the slush pile
for a year. Clearly I should have called it Aardvarks
of Fear. No chance of the Stitheen adding metal prostheses
to one of those...
A quick note on the historical
background. There was a performer called Toby the Sapient
Pig, though he was long dead by 1913. There was a movie
called Zeb, Zack and the Zulus. There was an incontinent
monkey in Madame Ensor’s souvenir shop in Ostend.
As for the rest, I just tried to think what Donald
Cotton would have done, and kept typing.
Sweet presents Night Waves as Radio 3 and The
Culture Show on BBC2, and has a doctorate in Wilkie
His books and TV programmes include Shepperton Babylon,
Inventing the Victorians and Silent Britain. He has also
written two Doctor Who short stories - one about ink,
one about earwigs...
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. The Doctor sacrificed his previous life
on the planet Androzani Minor to save his companion Peri from a toxic virus.
After his regeneration, he and Peri remained good, if somewhat argumentative,
friends and they are still travelling the cosmos together. The Doctor’s
forthright, often abrasive, nature frequently alarms Peri, especially as
he can be blunt to the point of rudeness in the face of great danger. However,
he retains his loyalty, integrity and ultimate belief that evil must be
fought, and vanquished...
First television appearance: "Planet
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Red
Brown has travelled with two incarnations of
The Doctor. Their relationship used to be somewhat...
fractious - but these days, it is generally lighthearted
and friendly. A keen botanist, resourceful and
compassionate, Peri also has a edgy side - combining
a wry sense of humour that can infuriate her
travelling companion. She also possesses the
useful ability to charm even the most dangerous
of opponents with her honesty and apparent naivete
that actually hides a quick-wit, a resource learned
from The Doctor which both she and The Doctor
exploit whenever necessary.
|The Cast Gallery:
The Sixth Doctor - Played by Colin Baker
‘Over there, having dinner at
that corner table. That’s only Marcel
Proust I had no idea he was staying here. Oi!
Marcel! I’ve got a bone to pick with
- Played by Nicola Bryant
was a pig. And it was sitting in an armchair,
eating potato chips and watching a movie.
He was sobbing his heart out. There was a
pig doing the Yorick speech from Hamlet.
Is this of any use, or are you just having
a laugh at my expense?’
Bultitude - Played by Maureen O’Brien
someone in this hotel I’d very much
like you to meet. I’ve followed him
halfway across Europe, and I need you to
be witness to his presence here. To prove
that he actually exists.’
Chardalot - Played by Michael Keating
‘I knew a girl who kissed like
you. The trunk murderess of St Germain. Strangled
her victims with the cord of her silk dressing
gown, but they all went happily to the grave.
Or, I should say, to the left luggage department
of the Gum du Nord.’
- Played by Paul Brooke
bless the King of the Belgians! I know what
you’re going to say about all those
people who got their heads stuck on poles
in the Congo, but he certainly knew a thing
or two about how to spend time at the seaside.’
Albertine - Played by Adjoa Andoh
saw you through a telescope, once. And there
was something about way that you just crashed
through that awning. I’m told it’s
the kind of thing that you do. Now let me
examine you. Don’t worry, I’m
| Full Cast List:
|Toby The Sapient Pig
|| Michael Keating
The Production Team:
||Gary Russell, Nicholas Briggs
and Jason Haigh-Ellery