Big Finish Productions Releases For August 2011


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DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPANION CHRONICLES – THE SPECIALS
Performed by NICHOLAS COURTNEY, KATY MANNING, JOHN PICKARD, MARK STRICKSON and ANNEKE WILLS with RUSSELL FLOYD, TOBY LONGWORTH and ANDREW WHIPP
A box set of new adventures with five of the Doctor’s companions

Written by Marc Platt, Jonathan Morris & Mark Morris; Directed by Lisa Bowerman

The Three Companions
by Marc Platt
An epic story featuring the Doctor’s former companions Polly, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Thomas Brewster in a fight to save the Earth. The Three Companions was previously released in serialized form and is available to hear in a new compilation edit for the first time.

The Mists of Time
by Jonathan Morris
Many years ago, when she was travelling with the Doctor, Jo Grant visited Zayin Eight. Now, suddenly and inexplicably, she is back on that ravaged planet, and reunited with a human called Newton Calder. What happened to the missing members of Calder’s team? What is the secret of the vast ruined city? The answers will lie in the dark and distant past of the Time Lords themselves… The Mists of Time is available on CD for the first time.

Freakshow
by Mark Morris
The TARDIS arrives in Arizona 1905, where travelling showman Thaddeus P Winklemeyer is offering the residents of Buzzard Creek the elixir of life. Winklemeyer also owns a unique carnival, which is full of caged alien creatures. And in Turlough he has found a brand new exhibit… Freakshow is available on CD for the first time.


Cover art by Alex Mallinson

DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPANION CHRONICLES – 6.02 THE ROCKET MEN
Performed by WILLIAM RUSSELL as Ian Chesterton with GUS BROWN as Ashman
A new adventure with the First Doctor, as told by his companion, Ian.

Written by John Dorney; Directed by Lisa Bowerman

The TARDIS has landed on Platform Five, a floating city in the sky of the planet Jobis, and for a time the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki get the chance to enjoy this idyllic place. And then the Rocket Men arrive, led by the sadistic Ashman.
When the only other option to certain death is suicide, Ian Chesterton takes the gamble of his life…


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DARK SHADOWS – 21. THE CRIMSON PEARL
Featuring Nancy Barrett, Nicola Bryant, Ursula Burton, Roger Davis, Nigel Fairs, Lizzie Hopley, Jerry Lacy, Alex Mallinson, Alec Newman, Lara Parker, Christopher Pennock, Kathryn Leigh Scott, David Selby, Jamison Selby, Alasdair Sladen,
Rebecca Staab, Roy Thinnes, James Unsworth, Matthew Waterhouse
“It’s as if Lucifer plucked out one of his own eyes…”

Written by James Goss, Joseph Lidster; Directed by Nigel Fairs, Darren Gross, Jim Pierson, Stuart Manning

The year is 1690. Isaac Collins is sailing to America to establish a new life for his family. During a strange and unnatural blizzard, he discovers a single bloodred pearl. A pearl that seems to sing to him…The pearl will be going on a journey. Passed down through generations it brings luck both good and bad to its owners. But what does it want? Why is its
journey so linked to the destiny of the Collins family? And who will ultimately take ownership of the crimson pearl?

A special audio drama featuring over thirty characters, written to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Dark Shadows.


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DARK SHADOWS – 3.1 THE TIME OF PETOFI
Featuring LARA PARKER, NANCY BARRETT, JERRY LACY, TERRY CRAWFORD, JOHN KARLEN and MARIE WALLACE
“He debases everything he touches. Count Petofi was a gentleman… and a monster.”

Written by Stuart Manning; Directed by TBA

In 1897, a nobleman called Count Petofi arrived at Collinwood to reclaim his severed hand, the source of his magical powers. By the time he was defeated, he had touched the lives of all the Collins family forever. Nearly 100 years later, his sprit lies in wait. For Petofi’s servants are at work, preparing the path. The time has come… tonight, Count Petofi returns to reclaim Collinwood.


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DARK SHADOWS – II. MUSIC FROM THE AUDIO DRAMAS Volume II

Composed by David Darlington, Nigel Fairs and Mike MacLennan


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DOCTOR WHO 150. RECORDED TIME AND OTHER STORIES
Starring COLIN BAKER and NICOLA BRYANT with RAQUEL CASSIDY
Four new adventures in time and space for the Sixth Doctor.

Written by Catherine Harvey, Richard Dinnick, Matt Fitton, Philip Lawrence; Directed by Ken Bentley

Recorded Time by Catherine Harvey
The TARDIS travellers find themselves at the court of Henry VIII, where the tragic Anne Boleyn will soon be discarded by her King in favour of the lovely Perpugilliam Brown. Or so it is written…

Paradoxicide by Richard Dinnick
On the legendary lost planet of Sendos, the Doctor and Peri find themselves caught up in the hunt for the cache of galaxy-busting super-weapons stored inside its fabled Armoury.

A Most Excellent Match by Matt Fitton
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of a mind of her own must be in want of a husband. But which of Miss Peri Brown’s rival suitors will be the one to win her hand: handsome Mr Darcy, or the mysterious Doctor?

Question Marks by Philip Lawrence
Five survivors of an unknown catastrophe wake to find themselves caught in an inescapable trap. But can the oddly-dressed man in the question-marked collar work out what’s really going on before time runs out – for good?


Cover art by Anthony Lamb

DOCTOR WHO – 4. SHORT TRIPS VOLUME 4
PERFORMED BY WILLIAM RUSSELL, DAVID TROUGHTON, KATY MANNING, LOUISE JAMESON, PETER DAVISON, COLIN BAKER, SOPHIE ALDRED and INDIA FISHER

Written by Various; Directed by Nicholas Briggs with Ken Bentley

Get ready for eight fantastic new adventures in space and time with the Doctor and his companions, featuring stories from many of Doctor Who’s most popular authors from the worlds of television, print, comics and audio, as well as new talent and fresh voices… and read by your favourite Big Finish actors!

1: A Star Is Born by Richard Dinnick
The Doctor and his companions answer a distress call from a vast spaceship carrying the remnants of a dying race…

2: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish by Foster Marks
Showing too much interest in a mining operation on an almost deserted planet leads the Doctor and his companions into danger.

3: Lost in the Wakefield Triangle by Vin Marsden Hendrick
The Doctor and Jo find trouble in the most unlikely of places when they stop off to buy some West Yorkshire rhubarb…

4: The Old Rogue by John Grindrod
Romana and the Doctor pay a visit to Arkinen, Destroyer of Galaxies, who is working in a cafe in Catford.

5: The Lions of Trafalgar by Jason Arnopp
Panic ensues when stone lions come to life innineteenth century London… and the Doctor is stuck on the top of Nelson’s column.

6: To Cut a Blade of Grass by Cindy Garland
The Doctor visits an old friend, Walter Wibberley, in his hospital bed for the last time.

7: The Shadow Trader by Charles Williams
Salim finds he’s picked on the wrong girl when he tries to steal Ace’s shadow in a space-shipyard on a lonely planet.

8: Quantum Heresy by Avril Naude
In the stillness of the archives, amongst the dust and data, a creature from another reality is trying to break through…