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TDP 234: Sarah Jane Smith  @ Big Finish 1.5 Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre
Technical Details
Cast:
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith); Jeremy James (Josh); Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters); Sadie Miller (Natalie Redfern); Robin Bowerman (Harris); Louise Faulkner (Wendy Jennings); Peter Miles (Dr. Brandt); Toby Longworth (Taxi Driver); Mark Donovan (Taxi Driver)
Writer:
Peter Anghelides
Recorded:
26 February 2002
Director:
Gary Russell
Released:
7 November 2002
Music:
Davy Darlington
No. of Discs:
1
Sound Design:
Davy Darlington
Duration
67' 21"
Cover Art: Lee Binding
Production Code:
SJ05
   
ISBN:
1-903654-96-3
Synopsis
A bio-warfare scandal from the 1940s takes Sarah to a remote island in the Indian Ocean. She pursues the scoop with a fellow journalist from her former company, Planet 3. But why won’t she contact her friends back in the UK?
 
The more she investigates the story, the less Sarah recognises that she is the story. Josh and Natalie discover that Sarah has been searching for pursuers in the rear-view mirror for so long that she hasn’t noticed who’s now in the driving seat.
 
A long way from home, and far from safe, will Sarah see the dangers in her present and the enemies from her past - before it’s too late?
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TDP 233: The Robots of Death (Story Three from the new box set)

reprinted from wikipedia with thanks and repect

The Robots of Death is the fifth serial of the 14th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 29 January to 19 February 1977.

Plot

On a distant planet, a huge sandminer vehicle, Storm Mine 4, is slowly scraping the surface of a vast, barren desert in search of precious minerals. The sandminer is manned by nine humans and numerous robots - black 'Dums' that cannot speak, pale green 'Vocs', and a silver 'Super Voc' which controls all the 'Dums' and 'Vocs'. The robots conduct a routine scan of the area and locate a large sandstorm, which the humans decide to pursue, as the storm will bring heavier minerals to the surface. One of the humans, a meteorologist called Chub, goes to collect an instrument package to place into his weather balloon to study the storm. However, he is later found strangled.

At about this time, the TARDIS materialises in one of the scoops. After the Doctor and Leela emerge from the TARDIS, it is removed by a large mechanical arm as it is blocking the scoop. Later, the Doctor and Leela are brought out of the scoop by two robots and locked in a room. The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to unlock the door, and goes in search of the TARDIS, while Leela finds Chub's body being taken away by some robots.

The human crew suspects the two time travellers of murdering Chub, and tensions increase when it is found that they have left the room in which they were locked. By the time they are both recaptured, the Doctor has found a second dead man (Kerril), and Leela has found both a third dead man (Cass) and a 'Dum' robot which can secretly speak. Commander Uvanov orders them to be locked up in the robot storage bay, on suspicion of killing all three humans.

One of the humans, Poul, believes the Doctor and Leela to be innocent, so he frees them and shows them where Chub was murdered. There, the Doctor convinces Poul that a robot may have killed the mineralogist. While this is happening, a woman named Zilda is murdered, and Poul - sent to the room to investigate Zilda's accusations of murder against Commander Uvanov over a tannoy system - finds the Commander standing over Zilda's body and has him confined to his quarters for murdering Zilda.

The sandminer's engines begin to run out of control, threatening the vehicle with destruction. It is found that Borg, the human responsible for controlling power to the motors, has been viciously strangled, and the controls have been sabotaged. The Doctor saves the miner by cutting off the power to the motors, while a man named Dask repairs the damaged controls so that the miner can continue on its way.

The Doctor goes to see the 'Dum' robot that Leela claimed could speak, D84. The robot reveals that it and Poul are undercover agents for the mining company, who were placed on board the miner as a precaution to threats of a robot revolution by a scientist called Taren Capel, who was raised by robots. D84 itself is unique in the fact that it can function autonomously from Super Voc SV7's commands, and appears to possess a high level of logical reasoning. The Doctor and D84 search the miner for proof that Taren Capel is on board, and find a secret workshop where the robots' programming has been changed to enable them to kill humans. The Doctor arranges for all the remaining humans to go to the command deck.

Dask shuts down all of the robots whose programming has not been changed, leaving just the killer robots and D84 operational. Dask is later revealed to be the mad scientist Taren Capel, intent on 'releasing [his] 'brothers' (the robots) from bondage to human dross' and 'programming them with an ambition to rule the world'. Taren Capel orders his modified robots to destroy the remaining humans and the Doctor and Leela. Leela shows the Doctor a damaged robot in the storage bay with its hand covered in blood - which the Doctor reasons is Borg's, guessing that Borg sabotaged the engine controls in a suicidal attempt to destroy the miner and all the killer robots on board. The Doctor dismantles the damaged robot and creates a final deactivator - a device that will destroy any still functioning robots at close range. The Doctor hides Leela in Taren's workshop with a canister of helium gas, telling her to release it slowly when Taren comes in. The Doctor hopes that this will change Taren's voice, so his robots - unable to recognise him - won't obey his orders.

Taren arrives and damages D84, but the robot is able to activate the Doctor's device to destroy a killer robot, knowingly sacrificing itself in the process. Leela releases the helium gas, causing Taren's voice to become high-pitched and squeaky, and Taren is killed by SV7 when it fails to identify his voice. The Doctor then destroys SV7 with a laser probe.

The robot threat over, and a rescue ship coming to collect the surviving humans, the Doctor and Leela return to the TARDIS and leave the sandminer.

[edit] Continuity

  • This story reveals the Doctor's immunity to the vocal-altering effects of helium. It is not clear why though.
  • The BBC Books spin-off novel Corpse Marker by Chris Boucher is a sequel to this serial, as is Robophobia, a Seventh Doctor audio play by Nicholas Briggs. There's also the independently produced Kaldor City audio plays, not featuring the Doctor.
  • This serial marks the final appearance of the wood-panelled secondary TARDIS console room. The audio story Empathy Games gives a possible explanation for its loss.

[edit] Production

Serial details by episode
EpisodeBroadcast dateRun timeViewership
(in millions)
"Part One" 29 January 1977 24:06 12.8
"Part Two" 5 February 1977 24:15 12.4
"Part Three" 12 February 1977 23:51 13.1
"Part Four" 19 February 1977 23:42 12.6
[1][2][3]
  • Early titles for the script included "Planet of the Robots" and "The Storm-mine Murders".
  • The ship main cabin set was originally used in the 4th Doctor story Planet of Evil.[citation needed]

[edit] Cast notes

[edit] Outside references

  • The murder plotline owes a great deal to Agatha Christie; notably Ten Little Indians and The Mousetrap.
  • The treatment of robots in this serial has many intentional nods to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
  • The villain of the story is named Taren Capel, which is a reference to Karel Čapek,[4] who is credited with first coining the word "robot". Uvanov's name is a reference to Isaac Asimov,[citation needed] while Poul is a reference to the science fiction writer Poul Anderson.[4]
  • The script several times refers to Robophobia (the irrational fear of robots) as 'Grimwade's Syndrome', an inside joke reference to Peter Grimwade, a production assistant who directed some of the filmed scenes in the episode. Grimwade had frequently lamented that he was always working on material involving robots.

[edit] In print

A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in May 1979. This novelisation was the shortest and notable for featuring the character of Cass attending a meeting after being murdered in the previous chapter.

Doctor Who book
Book cover
Doctor Who and the Robots of Death
Series Target novelisations
Release number 53
Writer Terrance Dicks
Publisher Target Books
Cover artist John Geary
ISBN 0-426-20061-6
Release date 24 May 1979
Preceded by '
Followed by '

[edit] VHS and DVD releases

  • This story was released on VHS in omnibus format in April 1986 and in episodic format in February 1995.
  • It was released on DVD on 13 November 2000.
  • A special edition of the DVD, with new bonus features, is to be released in the uk on 13 February 2012 in the third of the ongoing Revisitations DVD box sets.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Shaun Lyon et al. (2007-03-31). "The Robots of Death". Outpost Gallifrey. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  2. ^ "The Robots of Death". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Shannon (2007-08-07). "The Robots of Death". A Brief History of Time Travel. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  4. ^ a b Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin; Topping, Keith (1995). "90 'The Robots of Death'". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. London: Doctor Who Books. p. 205. ISBN 0 426 20442 5.

[edit] External links

Fan reviews
Target novelisation
Direct download: TDP_233_Robots_of_Death.mp3
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TDP 232: The Three Doctors (Story Two from the new box set)

Reprinted from wikipedia with thanks and respect

The Three Doctors is the first serial of the tenth season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, first broadcast in four weekly parts from 30 December 1972 to 20 January 1973. The serial opened the tenth anniversary year of the series.

Synopsis

The home planet of the Time Lords is under siege, by an unknown force that by all accounts should not even exist. The only person who can help them is the Doctor, but even he will need assistance – from his previous selves.

[edit] Plot

A superluminal signal is sent to Earth, carrying with it an unusual energy blob that seems intent on capturing the Third Doctor. In the meantime, the homeworld of the Time Lords is under siege, with all the power sustaining it being drained through a black hole. Trapped and desperate, the Time Lords do the unthinkable and break the First Law of Time, allowing the Doctor to aid himself by summoning his two previous incarnations from the past.

Unfortunately, the First Doctor is trapped in a time eddy, unable to fully materialize, and can only communicate via viewscreen, but the Second Doctor joins the Third in investigating the origins of the creature and the black hole, while UNIT headquarters faces an attack by the gel-like alien creatures.

The First Doctor deduces the black hole is a bridge between universes, and the other two Doctors allow the TARDIS to be swallowed up by the energy creature, which transports them, Dr Tyler, Jo Grant, Sergeant Benton and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart into an antimatter universe created by the legendary Time Lord Omega. Omega was a solar engineer who created the supernova that powers Time Lord civilization, but was considered killed in the explosion. In actuality, he had been transported to the antimatter universe, where his will and thought turned the formless matter into physicality. Trapped, due to the fact that his will is the only thing maintaining reality, he vowed revenge on the Time Lords who left him stranded.

It is clear that the exile has made Omega quite insane. Along with his revenge, he has summoned the Doctors here to take over the mental maintenance of the antimatter universe so he can escape. However, the Doctors discover that years of exposure to the corrosive effects of the black hole's singularity have destroyed Omega's physical body – he is trapped forever. Driven over the edge by this discovery, Omega now demands that the Doctors share his exile.

The Doctors escape briefly, and offer Omega a proposition. They will give him his freedom if they send the others back to the positive matter universe. Omega agrees, and when that is done, the Doctors offer Omega a force field generator containing the Second Doctor's recorder, which had fallen in it prior to the transport through the black hole. Omega knocks the generator over in a rage and the unconverted positive matter recorder falls out of the force field. When the recorder comes into contact with the antimatter universe, it annihilates everything in a flash, returning the Doctors in the TARDIS to the positive matter universe. The Third Doctor explains that death was the only freedom anyone could offer Omega.

With the power now restored to the Time Lords, they are able to send the First and Second Doctors back to their respective time periods. As a reward, the Time Lords give the Third Doctor a new dematerialization circuit for the TARDIS and restore his knowledge of how to travel through space and time.

[edit] Continuity

[edit] Production

Serial details by episode
EpisodeBroadcast dateRun timeViewership
(in millions)
Archive
"Episode One" 30 December 1972 24:39 9.6 PAL 2" colour videotape
"Episode Two" 6 January 1973 24:18 10.8 PAL 2" colour videotape
"Episode Three" 13 January 1973 24:22 8.8 PAL 2" colour videotape
"Episode Four" 20 January 1973 25:07 11.9 PAL 2" colour videotape
[1][2][3]
  • Working titles for this story included The Black Hole.
  • The script was originally supposed to feature all three Doctors equally, but William Hartnell was too ill to be able to play the full role as envisioned. He was, therefore, reduced to a pre-recorded cameo role, appearing only on the TARDIS's scanner and the space-time viewer of the Time Lords. It would be the last time he played the Doctor and his last acting role before his death in 1975. Hartnell's scenes were filmed at BBC's Ealing Studios and not in a garage or a garden shed as fan myth would have it. The serial's promotional photo shoot was the only time the three actors were shown together.
  • The production team also planned for Frazer Hines to reprise his role of Jamie McCrimmon alongside the Second Doctor; however, Hines was not available, due to his work on the soap opera Emmerdale Farm. Much of the role originally intended for Jamie was reassigned to Sergeant Benton.

[edit] Outside references

Jo references The Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus".[4]

[edit] In print

A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in November 1975.

The novelisation provides a rationale for Omega's realm to be a quarry: over the millennia, Omega has become weary of the mental effort required to generate a verdant landscape and now makes do with rock and soil. The Second Doctor is referred to throughout as Doctor Two. In the book, Mr Ollis is renamed Mr Hollis.

Doctor Who book
Book cover
The Three Doctors
Series Target novelisations
Release number 64
Writer Terrance Dicks
Publisher Target Books
Cover artist Chris Achilleos
ISBN 0-426-11578-3
Release date 20 November 1975
Preceded by '
Followed by '

[edit] Broadcast, VHS and DVD releases

  • The serial was repeated on BBC2 in November 1981, daily (Monday-Thursday) (23 November 1981 to 26 November 1981) at 5.40pm as part of "The Five Faces of Doctor Who".
  • This story was released twice on VHS, first in August 1991 and thereafter remastered and re-released in 2002 as part of the W H Smith's The Time Lord Collection boxed set.
  • This story was released on DVD in the UK in November 2003 as part of the Doctor Who 40th Anniversary Celebration releases, representing the Jon Pertwee years. Some copies came in a box set housing a limited edition Corgi model of "Bessie", the Third Doctor's vintage roadster.
  • A special edition of the DVD, with new bonus features, is to be released in the uk on 13 February 2012 in the third of the ongoing Revisitations DVD box sets.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Shaun Lyon et al. (2007-03-31). "The Three Doctors". Outpost Gallifrey. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  2. ^ "The Three Doctors". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Shannon (2007-08-07). "The Three Doctors". A Brief History of Time Travel. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  4. ^ Cornell, Paul; Day, Martin; Topping, Keith (1995). "The Three Doctors". Doctor Who: The Discontinuity Guide. London: Doctor Who Books. p. 141. ISBN 0 426 20442 5. Retrieved 2010-09-03.

[edit] External links

Reviews
Target novelisation
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TDP 231: Doctor Who The Fourth Doctor Lost Tales Volume One

The Foe from the Future
The Grange is haunted, so they say. This stately home in the depths of Devon has been the site of many an apparition. And now people are turning up dead. The ghosts are wild in the forest. But the Doctor doesn’t believe in ghosts.

The TARDIS follows a twist in the vortex to the village of Staffham in 1977 and discovers something is very wrong with time. But spectral highwaymen and cavaliers are the least of the Doctor’s worries.

For the Grange is owned by the sinister Jalnik, and Jalnik has a scheme two thousand years in the making. Only the Doctor and Leela stand between him and the destruction of history itself. It’s the biggest adventure of their lives – but do they have the time?

The Valley of Death
A century after his Great-Grandfather Cornelius vanished in the Amazon rainforest, Edward Perkins is journeying to the depths of the jungle to find out what became of his ancestor’s lost expedition. Intrigued by what appears to be a description of a crashed spacecraft in the diaries of that first voyage, the Doctor and Leela join him on his quest. But when their plane runs into trouble and ends up crash landing, everyone gets more than they bargained for.

The jungle is filled with giant creatures and angry tribesmen, all ready to attack. But in the famed lost city of the Maygor tribe, something far, far worse is lurking. Something with an offer to make to mankind. Who are the Lurons and can they be trusted? Will the Doctor defeat the plans of the malevolent Godrin or will he become just another victim of the legendary Valley of Death?

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson

(Duration: 300' approx)

CAST:

Tom Baker (The Doctor), Louise Jameson (Leela)
The Foe from the Future: Paul Freeman (Jalnik), Louise Brealey (Charlotte), Blake Ritson (Instructor Shibac), Mark Goldthorp (Constable Burrows), Philip Pope (Father Harpin), Jaimi Barbakoff (Supreme Councillor Geflo), Dan Starkey (Historiographer Osin), Camilla Power (Councillor Kostal)
The Valley of Death: Nigel Carrington (Emissary Godrin/Dr Summersby/Announcer), Delia Lindsay (Overlord Saldor/Newsreader), Jane Slavin (Valerie Carlton), Anthony Howell (Edward Perkins), David Killick (Professor Cornelius Perkins), Richard Bremmer (General Hemmings/Valcon/Taxi Driver)

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TDP 230: Tomb Of The Cybermen (Box Set Story One)

Reprinted from Wikipedia with thaks

The Tomb of the Cybermen is the first serial of fifth season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who that originally aired in four weekly parts from 2 September to 23 September 1967 and is the earliest serial starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor to exist in its entirety. It stars Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling as companions Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield and features recurring villains the Cybermen, as well as the introduction of the Cyberman Controller and the Cybermats.

On the planet Telos, an archeological expedition uncovers a hidden entrance in a mountain. The TARDIS lands nearby, and the expedition is joined by the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria. Parry, the expedition's leader, explains that they are here to find the remains of the Cybermen, who apparently died out five centuries before. The expedition is funded by Kaftan, who is accompanied by her giant manservant Toberman and her colleague Klieg.

A man is electrocuted opening the doors, but the party manages to enter the chamber. They find a control panel and a large, sealed hatch. The Doctor is able to open two hidden doors in the walls, but the hatch remains sealed. Parry and Klieg continue to try and open it as Toberman slips out.

The remaining members of the expedition begin to explore. Victoria and Kaftan come across a chamber with a sarcophagus-like wall inset facing a projection device that was apparently used to revitalise the Cybermen. Victoria curiously climbs inside. Kaftan secretly seals Victoria in the sarcophagus and tries to activate the projector pointing at the sarcophagus but the Doctor, thinking Victoria had only accidentally locked herself in, frees her.

Meanwhile, Haydon and Jamie have been experimenting with a control panel in another room; a Cyberman slides into view and a gun fires, killing Haydon.

The Doctor points out that Haydon was shot in the back. Throwing the switches again, the Cyberman -in reality an empty shell - is destroyed by the gun which emerges from a hidden panel, showing that the room is actually a testing range.

Outside, Toberman reports to Kaftan that "It is done." Captain Hopper, the expedition's pilot, returns and angrily reveals that someone has sabotaged the rocket ship — they cannot leave the planet until repairs are made.

The hatch is finally opened. Leaving Kaftan and Victoria behind, the men descend through the hatch. They find a vast chamber beneath, with a multistorey structure containing cells of frozen Cybermen.

Back in the control room, Kaftan drugs Victoria and reseals the hatch. Inside it, Klieg activates more controls in the tomb and the ice begins to melt. When Viner tries to stop him, Klieg shoots him dead and holds the rest at bay as the Cybermen return to life. Klieg reveals that he and Kaftan belong to the Brotherhood of Logicians, who possess great intelligence but no physical power. He is certain the Cybermen will be grateful for their revival and will ally themselves with him.

Victoria awakes and confronts Kaftan, who threatens to shoot her if she tries opening the hatch. A small mechanical cybermat revives and attacks Kaftan, rendering her unconscious. Victoria grabs Kaftan's pistol and shoots the cybermat. Not knowing which lever opens the hatch, she leaves to find Hopper.

Down in the tombs, the Cybermen free their leader, the Cyberman Controller, from his cell. When Klieg steps forward to take the credit for reviving them, the Cybercontroller grabs and crushes his hand, declaring, "You belong to us; You shall be like us."

The Doctor realises that the tombs were an elaborate trap: the Cybermen were waiting for beings intelligent enough to decipher the controls to free them. The expedition will be converted into Cybermen in preparation for a new invasion of Earth.

In the control room, Capt. Hopper and Callum have figured out how to open the hatch. Hopper descends into the tombs, and uses smoke grenades to distract the Cybermen while the humans make their escape - all but Toberman, who has his arms cybernetically converted.

Klieg and Kaftan are moved into the testing range to keep them out of mischief while the others decide on their next course of action. Klieg extricates the weapon from the wall, an X-ray laser he calls a cybergun, to coerce the Cybermen to do their bidding. Meanwhile, the others fend off an attack by cybermats.

Klieg and Kaftan step out, and Klieg fires the laser in the direction of the Doctor.

Klieg misses, wounding Callum. He opens the hatch, and calls for the Cyberman Controller. The Controller climbs up, accompanied by Toberman, who has been partially cyberconverted and is under Cyberman control. The Controller moves slowly, as his energy is running low — most of the Cybermen have been ordered back to their tombs to conserve power. Klieg says he will allow the Controller to be revitalised if the Cybermen help him conquer the Earth. It agrees. The Doctor helps the Controller into the sarcophagus in an attempt to trap it there, but the revitalised Controller is too strong and breaks free. Toberman knocks Klieg unconscious. The Controller picks up Klieg's cybergun and kills Kaftan when she tries to block its return to the tombs.

The death of Kaftan and the urging of the Doctor shake Toberman out of his controlled state. He struggles with the Controller and hurls it into a control panel, apparently killing it. The Doctor, wanting to make sure the Cybermen are no longer a threat, goes back down into the tombs with Toberman. Klieg regains consciousness and sneaks down with the cybergun and revives the Cybermen once again. Klieg expects to control them now that the Controller is dead, but a revived Cyberman throttles Klieg from behind and kills him. Toberman fights and kills this Cyberman by tearing open its breathing apparatus, while the Doctor and Jamie refreeze the others in their cells.

Hopper's crew have repaired the ship, and the Doctor rewires the controls to the station so they can't be used. He then sets up a circuit to electrify the doors again along with the control panels. The Controller, still alive, lurches forward. Everyone tries to shut the outer doors, but the Controller is too strong. Toberman comes forward, pushes the others aside and uses his bare hands to shut the doors. He succeeds, completing the circuit, and both he and the Controller are electrocuted.

The Doctor and his companions say good-bye to the expedition members and return to the TARDIS. No one notices a lone cybermat, moving along the ground toward Toberman's body.

[edit] Continuity

  • The iconography of this serial, in particular the image of Cybermen breaking through plastic sheeting to escape their tombs, has had an influence on nearly all subsequent Cyberman stories. Likewise, the idea of Cybermen being kept in cold storage has since been a continuing theme.
  • The Doctor returns to Telos in the Sixth Doctor serial Attack of the Cybermen, where he also encounters the Cryons, the original inhabitants of the planet.[1]
  • The story contains a rare reference to the Doctor's family. When Victoria doubts he can remember his family because of "being so ancient", the Doctor says that he can when he really wants to and "the rest of the time they sleep in my mind" because he has "so much else to think about, to remember".
  • The Doctor mentions here that he is about 450 years old.
  • Eleventh Doctor actor Matt Smith has stated that it was watching this serial that inspired his own costume as the Doctor.[2]

[edit] Production

Serial details by episode
EpisodeBroadcast dateRun timeViewership
(in millions)
Archive
"Episode 1" 2 September 1967 23:58 6.0 16mm t/r
"Episode 2" 9 September 1967 24:44 6.4 16mm t/r
"Episode 3" 16 September 1967 24:14 7.2 16mm t/r
"Episode 4" 23 September 1967 23:22 7.4 16mm t/r
[3][4][5]

[edit] Writing

  • The working titles for this story were The Ice Tombs of Telos and The Cybermen Planet.[6]
  • Peter Bryant, who had previously been assistant to Gerry Davis and been newly promoted to script editor on the preceding story, was allowed to produce this serial in order to prove that he could take over from Innes Lloyd as producer later on in the season. Bryant's own assistant, Victor Pemberton acted as script editor on this serial, but left the series after production of the serial was finished, deciding that he didn't want to be a script editor. When Bryant's eventual promotion to producer came, Derrick Sherwin would become script editor.
  • Toberman was originally intended to be deaf, hence his lack of significant speech; his hearing aid would foreshadow his transformation into a Cyberman.[6]

[edit] Recording

  • The cybermats were controlled by various means - some by wires, some by wind-up clockwork, some by radio control, and some by simply being shoved into the shot.[7] The scene of the Cybermen breaking out of their tombs was filmed entirely in one take.[8]

[edit] In print

A novelisation of this serial, written by Gerry Davis, was published by Target Books in 1978, entitled Doctor Who and The Tomb of the Cybermen.

Doctor Who book
Book cover
Doctor Who and the Tomb of the Cybermen
Series Target novelisations
Release number 66
Writer Gerry Davis
Publisher Target Books
Cover artist Jeff Cummins
ISBN 0-426-11076-5
Release date 18 May 1978
Preceded by '
Followed by '

[edit] VHS, DVD and CD releases

  • When the BBC's film archive was first properly audited in 1978, this serial was one of many believed missing (although it is absent in earlier 1976 listings). This story was prepared for release in early 1991 on cassette as part of the "Missing Stories" collection, with narration by Jon Pertwee. Then in late 1991, film telerecordings of all four episodes were returned to the BBC from the Hong Kong-based ATV television company. In May 1992, the serial was released on VHS, to much fan excitement and with a special introduction from director Morris Barry. The VHS release topped the sales charts throughout the country. This was the only original Doctor Who episode from the original era to top the UK charts.[citation needed]
  • With the recovery of the film prints, the planned soundtrack release was delayed until 1993, when contractual obligations forced its release. See List of Doctor Who audio releases.
UK DVD front cover
  • In the UK the DVD was released 13 January 2002.
  • A special edition of the DVD, with new bonus features, is to be released in the uk on 13 February 2012 in the third of the ongoing Revisitations DVD box sets.
  • Following the 1993 cassette release, on 1 May 2006 the soundtrack was released on a 2-CD set with linking narration by and a bonus interview with Frazer Hines. This was the first existing story to be released on audio in the same format as the missing story range.

[edit] Music release

Music from The Tomb of the Cybermen
Soundtrack album
Released 1997
Genre Soundtrack
Length 22:40
Label Via Satellite Records
Doctor Who soundtrack chronology
Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
(1993)
Music from the Tomb of the Cybermen Doctor Who: Original Soundtrack Recording
(1997)

Stock music and sound effects from this story was released on a "mini-album" by Via Satellite in 1997. It is composed of 2 versions of the Doctor Who theme music, sound effects from Doctor Who: 30 Years at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and stock music used in the story. It was planned to be the first in a series of mini-albums, with The Faceless Ones and Inside the Spaceship being mooted as future albums. Neither were produced.[9][10]

[edit] Track listing

Track #ComposerTrack name
1 Ron Grainer
(realised by Delia Derbyshire)
"Dr. Who Theme"[a]
2 Brian Hodgson "Tardis Interior"[a]
3 "Tardis Landing"[a]
4 Dick Mills "Tardis Doors Opening"[a]
5 M. Slavin "Space Adventures (Parts 1-3)"
6 J. Scott "Palpitations"
7 E. Sendel "Astronautics Theme (Parts 1-7)"
8 H. Fleischer "Desert Storm"
9 Wilfred Josephs "Space Time Music (Parts 1-4)
10 Brian Hodgson "Tardis Take Off"[a]
11 Ron Grainer
(realised by Delia Derbyshire)
"Dr. Who Theme (A New Beginning)"[a]

^a This recording does not actually feature in The Tomb of the Cybermen[11]

[edit] References

  1. ^ Attack of the Cybermen. Writer "Paula Moore" (Paula Woolsey), Director Matthew Robinson, Producer John Nathan-Turner. Doctor Who. BBC. BBC1, London. 5 January 1985–12 January 1985.
  2. ^ Doctor Who Magazine (Panini Comics) (418). 3 February 2010.
  3. ^ Shaun Lyon et al. (2007-03-31). "The Tomb of the Cybermen". Outpost Gallifrey. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
  4. ^ "The Tomb of the Cybermen". Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
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TDP 229: Destination Nerva

Destination Nerva

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Big Finish Productions audio play
Destination: Nerva
Series Doctor Who 4th Doctor Adventures
Release number 1.1
Featuring Fourth Doctor
Leela
Writer Nicholas Briggs
Director Nicholas Briggs
Executive producer(s) Nicholas Briggs
Set between The Talons of Weng-Chiang and The Renaissance Man
Release date January 2012

Destination: Nerva is an audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. This audio drama was produced by Big Finish Productions. As with all Doctor Who spin-off media, its relationship to the televised serials is open to interpretation.

Tom Baker played the Fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981. Although Big Finish Productions has been producing audio dramas with all the other living, Classic Series Doctors since 1999, Tom Baker had declined to participate. Baker finally reprised the role in a series of audio dramas for the BBC in 2009, starting with Hornets' Nest. Destination Nerva is the first in a series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions.

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Having wrapped up their adventure with Jago and Litefoot in Victorian London, the Doctor and Leela are alerted to an interstellar distress signal emanating from an English manor house, in the nearby year of 1895. From there, they chase an alien spaceship a millennium into the future, to the newly constructed Space Dock Nerva, orbiting Jupiter.

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  • This story begins by picking up from the closing scene of the 1977 television story, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. The final lines spoken in that story are repeated here.
  • The Fourth Doctor was previously on-board Nerva in the 1975 television story The Ark in Space. That was several thousand years into the future, when "Space Station Nerva" was converted to house the cryogenically frozen survivors of the human race, as they orbited an inhospitable Earth. The Doctor returned to "Nerva Beacon", thousands of years earlier, in Revenge of the Cybermen, when it orbited a moon of Jupiter. In Destination: Nerva, "Space Dock Nerva" has only just been built.

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