An Adventure in Three Episodes
"Urgent Calls" - A Single Episode Adventure
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?”
|I.D. and Urgent Calls
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
starring Colin Baker and were recorded on the 12th and
13th February 2007.
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
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.
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
is released unharmed when it becomes clear that he is
not of any value to either party.
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.
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
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
something far more deadly starts to emerge – something
that forces The Doctor to consider taking drastic action…
Calls", features a mysterious wrong number’ call...
and stars: Kate Brown,
David Dobson and Kerry Skinner.
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.
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
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)
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.
|Big Finish Magazine
- Issue 9
1. Introduction – Executive
Producer Nicholas Briggs welcomes listeners
to this new edition.
included: Bernice Summerfield video documentary!
David Warner – The veteran
star discusses his role as Sir Isaac
Newton in Circular
James Purefoy – The
actor previews upcoming Doctor
Who adventure Son
of the Dragon.
Return of the Daleks – Go
behind-the-scenes at the making of
Big Finish’s latest subscriber
O’Brien – The
actress discusses her reprisal of Vicki for
the recent Companion Chronicles series.
Oliver Mellor – Behind-the-scenes
Man's Land with the new
series Doctor Who guest star.
Bernice Summerfield – Join
the team behind-the-scenes on the popular
Tomorrow People – Catch
up on the latest from the world of The
Tomorrow People, with trailers of their most recent
Gyles Brandreth – The
popular after-dinner speaker talks
about his role in this month’s Doctor
short film “Bernice Summerfield 1992 – 2007” is
directed by Thomas Guerrier with music and
sound by David Darlington. Length 1 hour and
Finish Magazine - Issue 9: Presented by Nicholas
Briggs. Edited and mastered by David Darlington.
Design by Barry Piggott. Length 5 minutes and
- Featuring the Sixth
- Serial Number:7CPRE-B
- Number of Episodes - "I.D.": 3 and "Urgent Calls":
- 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:
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.
Bonus One-Part Adventure:
An innocent phone call. Okay, it was a wrong number,
but there can't be any harm in that.
|On the Inside Cover:
"I.D." Writer’s Notes:
Writer: Eddie Robson
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
Writer: Eddie Robson
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.”
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. 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:
||Helen Atkinson Wood
| Gabe Stillinger
| Denise Stillinger
The Production Team:
and Jason Haigh-Ellery