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“Exotron” - An Adventure in Three Episodes
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Exotron and Urban Myths
(Paul Sutton)

 May 2007 sees the second release with the two story per release format.

 Written by Paul Sutton and directed by Barnaby Edwards the two stories for this month are "Exotron" - An adventure in three episodes and "Urban Myths" - A single episode adventure. Both are Fifth Doctor stories starring Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant as companion Peri. They were recorded on the 5th, 6th and 8th February 2007.


"Exotron" sees the Fifth Doctor and his companion Peri become involved in a deadly battle with ravening monsters, called The Farakosh, and corporate military powers on a desolate alien planet. There they become involved with broken hearts and bioengineered nightmares. This story also stars; John Duttine, Isla Blair, Nick Brimble, Claire Wyatt and Richard Earl.

The Doctor and Peri arrive on a distant colonial outpost of Earth where Peri becomes very interested in the plant life. But strange things are happening – including strange telepathic messages.

They soon become separated when they are attacked by a large creature which The Doctor and Peri soon learn is the planet's most fearsome predator: the giant carnivorous Farakosh.

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Fifth Doctor
 The Doctor is rescued by large robot, known as an Exotron, and carted off to the colony. Meanwhile Peri becomes involved in two colonists who are part of a group of terraformers who are under threat from the Farakosh. Peri learns that all that stands between the colonists and a grisly death are the Exotrons which are equipped with devastating firepower and are designed by the outpost's leader, Major Taylor.

The Doctor gets to meet Major Taylor but the reception he gets is not friendly. What is the outpost's leader hiding, how are the Exotrons controlled, and where did the colonists find the resources to build them? The Doctor wants answers and Major Taylor is reluctant to provide them – especially to The Doctor who soon finds himself accused of being an Earth Authority spy and escorted under an armed guard to be locked up in a detention cell.

Peri also finds herself rescued by a group of Exotrons, when she is attacked by the Farakosh, and carted off to the colony along with Paula and an injured Shreeni. Peri is soon to discover the reason why the Farakosh are attacking the colonists and that maybe they have been trying to communicate and that the Exotrons need to have attacked them.

With the strange telepathic messages becoming more frequent The Doctor slowly discovers the colonist’s secrets and that the Exotrons are being developed far beyond their original concept and that they are not all robotic…

It is therefore up to The Doctor and Peri to prevent the misuse of the Exotrons and to stop the needless murder of the Farakosh. But time is running out as outside the compound the Farakosh are massing...

All is not as it seems and The Doctor is about to uncover a far bigger outcome of the colonist’s presence, and use of the Exotrons, on this alien world – an outcome, if not stopped, will result in the senseless death of all the colonists and the Farakosh who are far more intelligent and civilised than originally realised...

"Urban Myths" involves planetary destruction, culinary confusion and proves that the truth is always a matter of perspective... or is there really something disturbing going on in the world? This story also stars; Steven Wickham, Douglas Hodge, Nicola Lloyd, Barry McCarthy and Clare Calbraith.


Peri

Peri

Somewhere on Earth three gourmets plan their evening in an expensive restaurant. First item on their menu it seems is the death of The Doctor – all because of his recent interference on their planet. But unbeknown to the three diners their waitress is The Doctor’s assistant Peri and The Doctor himself is in the kitchen cooking up the meals they are eating.

But our three diners are having a bit of trouble recalling exactly what happened on their planet and exactly how The Doctor interfered and made things worse when the two time travellers arrived in the middle of an epidemic that is killing the populace.

Did The Doctor and Peri really make things worse or are the three diners infected and so are not aware of the truth? Who are the three diners and how was The Doctor able to infiltrate himself and his assistant into the restaurant and what is the ultimate price that Peri is going to have to pay to assist The Doctor?
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Notes:
  • Featuring the Fifth Doctor and Peri.
  • Serial Number: 6Q/AA
  • Number of Episodes – "Exotron": 3 and "Urban Myths": 1
  • Cover Length: 134 minutes
  • Episode Lengths – "Exotron": 1 = 24'54", 2 = 24'01", 3 = 24'52" and "Urban Myths": 1 = 22'57"
  • Total Story Lengths – "Exotron": 73'47" and "Urban Myths": 22'57"
  • Also features 48 minutes of trailers and special behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers.
  • Both stories take place between "Planet of Fire" and "The Caves of Androzani".
  • Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
  • Recorded: 5th, 6th and 8th February 2007
  • Recording Location: Moat Studios
  • Released: May 2007
  • ISBN: 978-1-84435-177-0

On the Back Cover:

"Exotron"

On a distant colonial outpost of Earth, a group of terraformers is under threat from the planet's most fearsome predator: the giant carnivorous Farakosh. All that stands between the colonists and a grisly death are the Exotrons - huge robots equipped with devastating firepower. But how are the Exotrons controlled, and where did the colonists find the resources to build them? The Doctor wants answers and Taylor is reluctant to provide them. Meanwhile, outside the compound, the Farakosh are massing...


Includes Bonus One-Part Adventure:

"Urban Myths"

In an expensive restaurant somewhere on Earth, three gourmets plan their evening. First item on the menu: the death of The Doctor.

 

On the Inside Cover:

Director: Barnaby Edwards

 “I like Paul Suttons work: he’s very good at painting small stories against vast backdrops. And it doesn’t get much vaster than a beleaguered Earth colony attacked by giant alien hyenas and defended by enormous steel robots!

 “But Exotron, despite its monumental and momentous setting, is really about little things: trifling infidelities, minor misunderstandings, insignificant acts at betrayal. Each of these modest human frailties - unimportant in themselves - builds to a colossal chain of events culminating in the threat of planet-wide genocide.

  “It is a tribute to Paul’s script that we attracted such a high calibre guest cast. I have long admired the work of John Duttine with an ardour verging on hero worship. The emotional rawness of his scenes with the wonderful Isla Blair still gives me a thrill to listen to. As do the remarkable multi-vocal contributions of Nick, Richard and Claire.”

“Urban Myths” Writer’s Notes:

Writer: Paul Sutton

“Many things sparked off Urban Myths. It’s been said that these one-parters are reminiscent of Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone, short, to the point, and with a satisfying/shocking/funny punchline. You can do anything with this format so I took the opportunity to play with the absurd: the CIA arguing in a bistro!

“I’d like to thank my friends here in Budapest forgiving their time to the readthrough: Cath Palgrave, Chwee Sze Foong, Jill Davidson, Neil McCutcheon and Gabris ‘Brindle Cat’ Judit.

“This, like everything, is for Kriszta, as always.”

 

Who's Who?

The Fifth Doctor

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

 He has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. In his fifth incarnation, The Doctor is more restrained in temper, calmer in attitude and visually younger in appearance than he used to be. He looks for the best in people and tries never to deliberately offend or cause trouble. Some may underestimate him because of his comparatively youthful nature. But those enemies who do, do so at their own risk...


Peri Brown

First television appearance: "Planet of Fire"
First chronological Big Finish audio appearance: "Red Dawn"

 Perpugilliam Brown has been travelling with The Doctor for a while now. Their relationship can be fractious - but is generally lighthearted and friendly. A keen botanist, resourceful and compassionate, Peri also has an edgy side; a wry sense of humour that can infuriate her travelling companion.
 

Full Cast List:

Exotron  
   
The Doctor Peter Davison
Peri Nicola Bryant
Major Taylor John Duttine
Paula Isla Blair
Shreeni Nick Brimble
Weiss Claire Wyatt
Corporal Mozz Richard Earl
Ballentyne/Private Nick Brimble
Farakosh/Tannoy/Computer Claire Wyatt
Christian/Sergeant/Pilot Richard Earl
Soldier Nicola Bryant
   
Urban Myths  
   
The Doctor Peter Davison
Peri Nicola Bryant
Coordinator Harom Steven Wickham
Commander Edge Douglas Hodge
Kettoo Nicola Lloyd
Palgrave Barry McCarthy
Trooper Clare Calbraith
Scientist/Infected Patient Clare Calbraith
Psychopath Barry McCarthy
Customer Douglas Hodge

The Production Team:

Writer Paul Sutton
Director Barnaby Edwards
Sound/Music Andy Hardwick
Theme Music David Darlington
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Producer Sharon Gosling
Executive Producers Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery
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