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"I.D." - An Adventure in Three Episodes
"Urgent Calls" - A Single Episode Adventure

 

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I.D. and Urgent Calls
(Eddie Robson)

 April 2007 saw the start of the two story per release format. Says Nicholas Briggs. “This is also our first experiment with the three-parter and one-parter format. I’m aware that this caused some consternation, so I’d like to reassure listeners that there will be plenty of four-parters too. We’re just varying the format a little to give us the freedom to offer you different types of story with different kinds of pacing. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?”

 Written by Eddie Robson and directed by John Ainsworth the two stories for this month are "I.D." - an adventure in three episodes and "Urgent Calls" - a single episode adventure. Both are Sixth Doctor stories starring Colin Baker and were recorded on the 12th and 13th February 2007.


"I.D." is a solo adventure for The Doctor as he battles against the Scandroids and also stars: Sara Griffiths (who previously played Ray in the 1987 television story, "Delta and the Bannermen"), Gyles Brandreth, Helen Atkinson Wood, David Dobson, Kerry Skinner, Joe Thompson and Natasha Pyne.

In the 32nd Century, The Doctor finds himself on a planet piled high with discarded computer technology. Picking over these remains are an army of Scandroids, a collection of unsavoury, illegal Data Pirates and a team of researchers from the mysterious Lonway Clinic.

On arrival The Doctor finds himself in the hands of the Data Pirates who use him to try and gain a ransom from the Lonway Clinic researchers - thinking he is a member of this organisation. When Claudia Bridge arrives to pay the ransom, thinking The Doctor is someone else - a team member who they have mysteriously lost, The Doctor is released unharmed when it becomes clear that he is not of any value to either party.

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 While being held captive though The Doctor discovered that as well as being a huge junkyard this is a world of organic-digital transfer and 'personality surgery' - something The Doctor finds very disturbing.

With the Scandroids malfunctioning and killing anyone they come across it is lucky The Doctor has arrived - else there would be no help for anyone. But what has caused the Scandroids to start killing, what is the priority information they are trying to pass on and why are they unable to complete their task - could it be the data they are trying to deliver that is actually the killer? Will The Doctor be able to receive the message and to understand what it contains and if so be able to use it?

But nothing is straightforward where The Doctor is concerned. With the technology being used against them the Scandroids are a deadly tool. But who is controlling them and will The Doctor be able to stop the Scandroids before everyone is murdered?

And then something far more deadly starts to emerge – something that forces The Doctor to consider taking drastic action…


"Urgent Calls", features a mysterious wrong number’ call... and stars: Kate Brown, David Dobson and Kerry Skinner.

While making a phone call to her mother Lauren somehow reaches The Doctor instead. Thinking The Doctor is a medical doctor Lauren explains to The Doctor that she was phoning her mother for advice as she has not been feeling very well. After explaining to The Doctor what is wrong he insist that she visits the local hospital straightway and to get them to investigate her neck.

Sometime later, while at work, Lauren gets another wrong number and reaches The Doctor again which gives her the opportunity to explain what happened to her at the hospital - which thanks to The Doctor’s advice saved her life.

But how did The Doctor know what was wrong with Lauren and could the metal parasitic worm found in her neck be alien - and if so how could it have got there? Could it be transmitted by the phone line itself - if so how is The Doctor going to stop it infecting others? Tracing all the wrong numbers may help but with those infected growing Lauren finds herself getting more and more wrong numbers, one of which wins her a holiday, and many others that reach The Doctor. And so Lauren finds herself getting to know The Doctor very well - which enables her to help a very reluctant Doctor.

While making an innocent phone call you get a wrong number - there can't be any harm in that. Can there? The Doctor discovers that one phone call can change everything…

Big Finish Magazine - Issue 9 (Spring 2007)

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- Issue 9
 Issue 9 of the 'Big Finish Magazine', a series of behind-the-scenes CDs given away free to subscribers, was also sent out with this release.

 On this issue...
    1. Introduction – Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs welcomes listeners to this new edition.

    2. David Warner – The veteran star discusses his role as Sir Isaac Newton in Circular Time.

    3. James Purefoy – The actor previews upcoming Doctor Who adventure Son of the Dragon.

    4. Return of the Daleks – Go behind-the-scenes at the making of Big Finish’s latest subscriber exclusive.

    5. Maureen O’Brien – The actress discusses her reprisal of Vicki for the recent Companion Chronicles series.

    6. Oliver Mellor – Behind-the-scenes on No Man's Land with the new series Doctor Who guest star.

    7. Bernice Summerfield – Join the team behind-the-scenes on the popular spin-off series.

    8. The Tomorrow People – Catch up on the latest from the world of The Tomorrow People, with trailers of their most recent adventures.

    9. Gyles Brandreth – The popular after-dinner speaker talks about his role in this month’s Doctor Who release, I.D.

    10. Outtro

 Also included: Bernice Summerfield video documentary!

 The short film “Bernice Summerfield 1992 – 2007” is directed by Thomas Guerrier with music and sound by David Darlington. Length 1 hour and 7 minutes.

 Big Finish Magazine - Issue 9: Presented by Nicholas Briggs. Edited and mastered by David Darlington. Design by Barry Piggott. Length 5 minutes and 50 seconds
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Notes:
  • Featuring the Sixth Doctor.
  • Serial Number:7CPRE-B
  • Number of Episodes - "I.D.": 3 and "Urgent Calls": 1
  • Cover Length: 100 minutes
  • Episode Lengths - "I.D.": 1 = 26'10", 2 = 24'47", 3 = 25'49" and "Urgent Calls": 1 = 33'51"
  • Total Story Lengths - "I.D.": 76'46" and "Urgent Calls": 33'51"
  • Also features 35 minutes of trailers and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • Both stories take place between "The Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time and the Rani".
  • Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
  • Recorded: 12th and 13th February 2007
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: April 2007
  • ISBN: 978-1-84435-247-0

On the Back Cover:

"I.D."

In the 32nd Century, The Doctor finds himself on a planet piled high with discarded computer technology. Picking over these remains are an army of Scandroids, a collection of unsavoury, illegal Data Pirates and a team of researchers from the mysterious Lonway Clinic. This is a world of organic-digital transfer and 'personality surgery' which The Doctor finds disturbing enough, until something far more deadly starts to emerge.


Includes Bonus One-Part Adventure:

"Urgent Calls"

Earth, 1974. An innocent phone call. Okay, it was a wrong number, but there can't be any harm in that. Can there?

 

On the Inside Cover:

"I.D." Writer’s Notes:

Writer: Eddie Robson

 “It has always seemed odd to me that the three-part Doctor Who story took so long to catch on. It’s an entirely valid duration, yet the show’s first twenty-three seasons boasted a grand total of one three-parter - and even that was supposed to be a four-parter until Donald Wilson decided it was dull and them to cut some out. It happens that the first ‘proper’ three-parter Delta and the Bannermen, was the first Doctor Who story I saw (in a meaningless but pleasing coincidence, I.D.’s Sarah Griffiths was also in that): I’ve always had a fondness for this ‘forgotten’ format, so I was very pleased to be asked to write the first Big Finish story to make use of it. The compression seemed to focus the story around a smaller group of characters, trap them closer together, and make them like each other less.”

"Urgent Calls" Writer’s Notes:

Writer: Eddie Robson

“My initial thought for the one-part companion piece to I.D. was to attempt something even more compressed, but Urgent Calls ended up going the other way entirely, adopting the kind of pace which might stall a longer story but (hopefully) sustains a self-contained single episode. The title, incidentally, comes from the TARDIS door.”

 

Who's Who?

The Sixth Doctor

First television appearance: "The Twin Dilemma"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Davros"

 He 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. Now he is travelling through time and space on his own, driven on by his insatiable curiosity and adventurous spirit. In this incarnation, he is forthright, often abrasive and 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…
 

Full Cast List:

I.D.  
   
The Doctor Colin Baker
Claudia Bridge Sara Griffiths
Doctor Marriott Gyles Brandreth
Ms Tevez Helen Atkinson Wood
Scandroids David Dobson
Lake
Kerry Skinner
Gabe Stillinger Joe Thompson
Denise Stillinger Natasha Pyne
   
Urgent Calls  
   
The Doctor Colin Baker
Lauren Kate Brown
D.J. David Dobson
Connie Kerry Skinner

The Production Team:

Writer Eddie Robson
Director John Ainsworth
Sound/Music Steve Foxon
Theme Music David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer Sharon Gosling
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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