September. Autumn. My favourite time of year. In a number of ways, I still think of autumn as the beginning of the year. It must be because of the beginning of the new school - university - theatre term or season; I suppose I never really got out of that way of thinking. After many months of high activity, there should be quite a bit to come in the next several weeks in terms of audio releases. But before getting into what's new and what's on the horizon, the first point of focus for this particular posting has to be: Big Finish Day 7
For further details of the event, the guests and the venue, follow this link: Big Finish Day 7
September sees the release of the two stories which make up Volume 1 of Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures, namely, Prisoners of The Lake and The Havoc of Empires. However, if you are feeling particularly impatient and just can't wait to wrap your ears around the whole thing when it's released tomorrow (Wednesday 2nd), Big Finish in their generosity have made the first part of The Havoc of Empires available to download now - yes now - and there's a box set trailer! Amazing!
Here are some more details of who does what:
Tim Treloar Narrator - The Doctor Katy Manning Jo Grant Richard Franklin Mike Yates
Prisoners of the Lake by Justin Richards
Captain Mike Yates is investigating the disappearance of artefacts from
an archaeological site deep below Dunstanton Lake. It’s hardly a job
for UNIT. But when the team discover a mysterious ancient structure
buried deep underwater, all that changes.
When chief archaeologist Freda Mattingly ventures inside, she soon
realises that her skills do not begin to equip her to deal with what she
finds. As an ancient menace begins to stir the Doctor, Jo Grant and
Mike Yates must dive down to the lake bed and discover the secrets
hidden there. Secrets that could mean the end of all life on Earth…
Carolyn Seymour Freda Mattingly
Robbie Stevens Johnny Repford - Director Pennard - Statue - The Prosecutor
John Banks Chief Dastron - Lieutenant Macintyre - UNIT Operative - Archaeologist
The Havoc of Empires by Andy Lane
The Doctor and Jo take Mike Yates
on his first trip in the TARDIS, but instead of the historical cricket
match they were aiming for they end up on a futuristic space station in
the middle of a diplomatic crisis that might escalate into galactic war.
The alien leader of the Chalnoth
Hegemony is marrying the human Director of the Teklarn Incorporation,
but there are forces that will stop at nothing to disrupt the ceremony.
The Doctor is accused of murder while explosions occur across the
station, and only Jo Grant, pretending to be a security consultant, can
save the day.
But then, there’s the Eels to consider…
Helen Goldwyn May Zalrick - Harmony Station AI Hywel Morgan Regent Tharlar - Alex Filton
Lucy Briggs-Owen Tina Andresson Joanna Bacon Lady Gurlen
George Layton Louis Markell - Human Guard
Directed by: Nicholas Briggs
Producer David Richardson
With an added air of mystery, BF are keeping enigmatically silent about the specific release date of the second of this month's adventures (that I've had some involvement with) - and why not? All adds to the level of keen anticipation...
Once it was a mining facility. Then later its corridors rang with
screams generated by grotesque military experiments. However when the
Doctor and Mel arrive on a hostile alien world after detecting a
distress signal, the base they find themselves in is almost deserted.
But not for long. Soon the Doctor's old enemies, the Sontarans, have
landed, and are searching for the remnants of their previous research
team. Before long they uncover evidence of strange occurrences on the
planet. Of madness and death.
They are warriors bred for war, strong of spirit and unafraid of death.
To fear the enemy is an act of betrayal. Nothing holds terror for the
Sylvester McCoy The Doctor Bonnie Langford Melanie Bush
Daniel O'Meara Ketch Jon Edgley Bond Anvil Jackson - Technician Gyte
Andree Bernard Tethneka - Carter/Thing #1 and #2 Dan Starkey Field-Major Kayste - Skegg - Stodd
John Banks Adjutant Commander Klath - Stettimer John Dorney Glarr
Other parts played by the cast.
Written by John Dorney and Dan Starkey
Directed by Ken Bentley
At some time this month, hopefully there'll be news from Games Workshop about their various new audio drama releases, which I'm very much looking forward to as it's been quite some time since my last outing as a Space Marine, several years in fact. In the meantime, I should perhaps mention that our recording of The Bible is now well under way - so many names, so many places - and work will continue on it later this week. Thanks for dropping by.
...all for now, more just as soon as it happens!