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Judith is on remand suspected of killing her mother. From the moment the police came to question her she has not spoken. Alex, a child psychiatrist with experience of mutism is called in as a last resort to make a psychiatric assessment. He battles against her silence until at last he breaks the dam. The woman speaks directly to another human being for perhaps the first time in her life. An extraordinary story is revealed, and a relationship forged. The Cutting was nominated for the London Fringe Awards (Best First Play) and the London Evening Standard Awards.
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An unabridged reading of this novelisation of a classic 1965 TV serial featuring the First Doctor, as played on TV by William Hartnell. The TARDIS materialises on what, at first sight, appears to be a dry and lifeless planet serving only as a graveyard for spaceships. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki discover a magnificent museum housing relics from every corner of the galaxy. These have been assembled by the Moroks, a race of cruel conquerors who have invaded the planet Xeros and enslaved its inhabitants. Upon further exploration the TARDIS crew seem to stumble upon the impossible: for suddenly, facing them in an exhibit case, they find...themselves! Duration: 5 hours approx.
You can't change the past, every time traveller knows that. What's done is done and cannot be unwritten. But what if it isn't the past any more? What if it's now the present? The spaceship called the UK-201 was intended to fly to the Earth colony of Astra. But it never made it. Crashing on the planet Dido, a tragic chain of events was set in motion leading to the death of almost all of its crew and a massacre of the indigenous population. The only survivor of these events was a young girl called Vicki. Rescued by the time traveller known as the Doctor, she's been travelling in his ship for some time. So when she suddenly wakes up in her cabin on the UK-201 again, without her friends, a few days before the accident, she's faced with a stark choice... Can she stop the crash from happening? And if she can, should she? The Early Adventures are a range designed to tell stories in long gone Doctor Who eras, with narration from some of the actors there at the time. Here Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves reprise their 1964 roles as the Doctor's assistants Vicky and Steven. Peter Purves - known and loved by a generation as one of the definitive Blue Peter presenters, not only recreates his companion role, but gives a careful, fond impersonation of First Doctor actor William Hartnell. This 2018 run of four Early Adventures tales creates a self-contained story arc with the Doctor, Vicky and Steven confronting enemies old and new. CAST:Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor / The Doctor), Michael Lumsden (Newton Pallister), Carol Starks (Captain Odessa Grey), Jemma Churchill (Carmen Scheffler), Arthur Hughes (Lieutenant Thorpe), Stephen Fewell (Jeran Dalton), Eve Webster (Carla / Maria Dalton), David Cooke (additional voices). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Cambridge, England, the mid 1930s. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki get separated from the TARDIS they are forced to spend some time amongst the ancient spires of Sedgwick College. The college is mid-way through a leadership crisis following the unexplained disappearance of the Master of Sedgwick, Sir Isaiah Hardy. An election for his replacement is now taking place. But is that all that's happening in this seemingly peaceful location? The Proctors are behaving in mysterious ways and the students are prone to bursts of unexplained violence. When one of his companions also vanishes, the Doctor realises that there's more at stake here than control of an educational establishment. A dark plan is underway - one that threatens the entire future of humanity itself! The Early Adventures are a range designed to tell stories in long gone Doctor Who eras, with narration from some of the actors there at the time. Here Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves reprise their 1964 roles as the Doctor's assistants Vicky and Steven. CAST: Maureen O'Brien (Vicki / Narrator), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor / The Doctor / Narrator), Mark Edel-Hunt (Guy), Sam Woolf (Kim), Philip Fox (Professor Charles Lewis), Richard Braine (Professor Linus Woolf), John Rowe (Sir Isiah Hardy).
Many light years from Earth, a vast human spaceship hangs in orbit over a cloudy alien planet. The crew have been travelling in cryosleep for many years, looking for a habitable world to settle, and have at last located one with potential. However, they're not the only people to have arrived in this place. The TARDIS has landed on the planet's surface. The Doctor, Steven and Vicki explore and quickly find themselves separated. But it isn't merely the hostile environment and rogue terraforming drones they'll have to deal with. Something else is living on this world. Something deadly and waiting to consume. It's an ideal world. But ideal for whom? The Early Adventures are a range designed to tell stories in long gone Doctor Who eras, with narration from some of the actors there at the time. Here Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves reprise their 1964 roles as the Doctor's assistants Vicky and Steven. Peter Purves-known and loved by a generation as one of the definitive Blue Peter presenters, not only recreates his companion role, but gives a careful, fond impersonation of First Doctor actor William Hartnell. This 2018 run of four Early Adventures tales creates a self-contained story arc with the Doctor, Vicky and Steven confronting enemies old and new. CAST: Maureen O'Brien (Vicky), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor/ The Doctor), Angela McHale (Kay / Christophe), Alex Jordan (Heathcote), Tom Stourton (Factotum / Fitzgerald / Samsara), Carolyn Pickles (Traherne), Oliver Mason (Grant / Danuka), Lisa Bowerman (Elias). .
The TARDIS lands in the capital city of a planet deep in the midst of an endless winter. The population are celebrating a new crop of candidates winning roles at the scientific research centre. Those who go there dedicate their lives to continued service and are rarely, if ever, seen again. Not everyone is happy to see them leave. As the Doctor, Steven and Vicki watch, the city leader -Majorian -invites onto the stage in front of the happy crowd their `friend who made all this possible'... and a Dalek appears.The people of this planet seem to be living in perfect harmony with the Doctor's old enemies. But the TARDIS crew know this cannot be true. So what's really going on? The Early Adventures are a range designed to tell stories in long gone Doctor Who eras, with narration from some of the actors there at the time. Here Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves reprise their 1964 roles as the Doctor's assistants Vicky and Steven. Peter Purves-known and loved by a generation as one of the definitive Blue Peter presenters, not only recreates his companion role, but gives a careful, fond impersonation of First Doctor actor William Hartnell. This 2018 run of four Early Adventures tales creates a self-contained story arc with the Doctor, Vicky and Steven confronting enemies old and new. ? CAST: Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor/ The Doctor), Shvorne Marks (Amala Vost), Robert Daws (Gaius Majorian), Sara Powell (Jacklyn Karna), Matthew Jacobs-Morgan (Kenrik Vost) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks).
Four new stories from across the First Doctor's era; 1. Fields of Terror by John Pritchard. The TARDIS has brought the Doctor back to Revolutionary France, a place that's always fascinated him. But this time he, along with Steven and Vicki, are drawn into a devastated land, caught between the soldiers who are burning all before them and a monstrous shape that follows in their wake. 2. Across the Darkened City by David Bartlett. On the planet Shade, The Chaons, an invading race of strange, amorphous creatures that ravenously absorb energy, have reduced the city there to a desolate ruin. Separated from the Doctor and Vicki, Steven has to join forces with an unexpected ally to find his way back to the TARDIS. Ahead, lies a nightmare journey through the dark - a test of endurance and trust. 3. The Bonfires of the Vanities by Una McCormack. When the Doctor, Polly, and Ben arrive in Lewes in the late 1950s, they're just in time to celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night. But there's no fun on the streets tonight - the town is in the grip of fear. There are imps on the loose in Lewes, the Bonfire Boys are on the march, and nobody is safe from the fire. 4. The Plague of Dreams by Guy Adams. "Pray welcome, one and all, to this, a fantasy in two acts, presented, most humbly, for your pleasure. We bring you drama and magic, angels and demons, a tale of mysterious plague... of nightmares made flesh... of a war fought both in this world and those immeasurably distant. A war, in fact, fought through the mists of time itself. It will make you gasp! It will make you weep! It may even make some of you wake-up..." CAST: Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Robert Hands (Lagrange), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor), Anneke Wills (Polly), Elliot Chapman (Ben Jackson / The Player), Helen Goldwyn (The Chaons) and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.
In 2014, Big Finish started a new range of Doctor Who stories, bringing back original cast members from the 1960s eras in order to tell new stories: they're audio tales in black and white! When the TARDIS lands in a house in Florence, Italy in 1514, it isn't long before the guards of Guiliano de Medici arrest Steven and Vicki. To rescue them, the Doctor has to employ the help of the house's owner - one Niccolo Machiavelli. But can he be completely trusted? Guiliano confesses to his brother Pope Leo X that he has angered the wealthy family of Ravelli and believes the newcomers may be part of an assassination plot. But when the Doctor arrives an already tricky situation starts to spiral out of control. As the city rings with plot and counter-plot, betrayal and lies abound. The Doctor and his friends must use all their ingenuity if they're not to be swept away by history. This conspiracy is about to get complicated. This range of era-authentic new stories has been hugely popular with fans, with a further two series already commissioned! Peter Purves is known to generations as one of the all-time great Blue Peter presenters, but this came after an acting career which he's returning to here to play both the Doctor and 1960s companion Steven Taylor. Maureen O'Brien - 1960s Doctor Who companion Vicki - is also a novelist whose works include Mask of Betrayal (1998), Every Step You Take (2004) and Deadly Reflection (2007). Guest star Olivia Poulet is well known for her role as Emma Messinger in The Thick of It. She's also recently played Emma Peel in Big Finish's revival of The Avengers - Steed & Mrs Peel. CAST: Maureen O'Brien (Vicki), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor/The Doctor/Narrator), Mark Frost (Niccolo Machiavelli), Jamie Ballard (Guiliano de Medici), Robert Hands (Pope Leo X), Olivia Poulet (Carla), Joe Bor (Guard Captain).
Four brand new stories featuring the First Doctor and his companions.Doctor Who - The Companion Chronicles has proved one of Big Finish's most popular ranges, using some of the most loved actors in the show's history to bring classic periods to life. This boxed set collects four brand new stories, using companions from the 1963-66 period of the First Doctor (William Hartnell).THE SLEEPING BLOOD - When the Doctor falls ill, Susan is forced to leave the safety of the TARDIS behind. Exploring a disused research centre in search of medical supplies, she becomes embroiled in the deadly plans of a terrorist holding an entire world to ransom - and the soldier sent to stop him. THE UNWINDING WORLD - Office life is tough, the commute is a grind, nothing works quite as well as you'd like. Vicki seems to remember things being better once, before the little flat. It's time she put some excitement back in her life. It's just a shame the Doctor can't help. THE FOUNDING FATHERS - The TARDIS lands in Leicester Square in the summer of 1762. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki find themselves locked out of the TARDIS, only one man can possibly help them. But the American, Benjamin Franklin, has problems of his own...THE LOCKED ROOM - Steven Taylor left the Doctor and the TARDIS to become king of an alien world. But it's now many years since he gave up the throne and went to live in a cell in the mountains, out of sight of his people. He's not escaping his past - quite the opposite, in fact. As his granddaughter, Sida, is about to discover...Four all-new audio dramas performed by two actors with specially composed music and cinematic sound design. Carole Ann Ford played the Doctor's grand-daughter Susan in the first ever Doctor Who story! Peter Perves not only brought one of the First Doctor's most-liked companions - Steven - to life, but to a generation was one of the faces of Blue Peter. CAST:Carole Ann Ford, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves, Alix Dunmore, Alice Haig, Darren Strange.
An audio adventure set in the early days of television's favourite, and longest running, Sci-Fi series DOCTOR WHO: THE EARLY ADVENTURES - THE BOUNTY OF CERES sets out to tell a story as if it were from the classic era of the series; a period of huge popularity but where many episodes now remain lost. Ceres. A tiny, unforgiving ball of ice and rock hanging between Mars and Jupiter. It's no place to live, and it takes a special kind of person to work there. The crew of the Cobalt Corporation mining base know exactly how deadly the world outside their complex is, but the danger isn't just outside anymore. The systems they rely on to keep them safe are failing and the planet is breaking in. When the TARDIS strands Steven, Vicki and the Doctor on the base, they have to fight a foe they can barely comprehend to survive.
England, 1400. Henry IV has usurped the throne, and King Richard II languishes in Pomfret Castle. Meanwhile the Doctor and his companions enjoy New Year revels at Sonning Palace. But Sonning is a prison, and treachery is in the air...
Somewhere far back in the early days of the universe the TARDIS lands on a world lit by a dying sun. Venturing out onto its surface, the time travellers find themselves drawn into an age-old conflict between the people of Light and Shadow.
Through a Space-Time Visualiser the Doctor and his companions are horrified to see an execution squad of Daleks about to leave Skaro on a mission to find the TARDIS and exterminate the time travellers. Eluding the Daleks on the barren planet Aridius the Doctor and his friends escape in the TARDIS. But this is only the beginning of an epic journey. As they travel through space and time, they try to shake off their pursuers by making a series of random landings - but the Daleks don't give up easily. This is a chase to the death... Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki in the original Doctor Who TV serial, reads John Peel's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1989. 'BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects' - Doctor Who Magazine. 5 CDs. 5 hrs 36 mins.
Vicki has a tale to tell. But where does it start and when does it end? Which comes first? The Future or the Past? The Phoenix or the Egg? The Fire or the Frost? Or will Time freeze over forever?
These classic soundtrack adventures, with additional linking narration, have all been remastered and include bonus interviews with William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Anneke Wills. The Sensorites: the Doctor and friends meet the alien Sensorites... The Romans: in first-century Rome, Ian and Barbara are sold into slavery and the Doctor encounters Nero... The Space Museum: the Doctor and his companions see a terrible potential future... The Ark: the Doctor, Steven and Dodo come face-to-face with the last humans and their servants, the Monoids... The Gunfighters: 1881, Tombstone. The TARDIS crew are in trouble, as they try to avoid getting caught in the crossfire at the OK Corral... The War Machines: The TARDIS lands in London in 1966 - only to find that the brand new Post Office Tower is home to a monstrous supercomputer. This box set also contains bonus PDF files of the original TV scripts. 13 CDs. 12 hrs 30 mins.
From his one previous visit the Doctor remembers the inhabitants of the planet Dido as a gentle, peace-loving people. But when he returns, things have changed dramatically. It seems that the Didoi have brutally massacred the crew of the crashed spaceliner Astra. Even now they are threatening the lives of the sole survivors, Bennett and the orphan girl Vicki. Why have the Didoi apparently turned against their peaceful natures? Can Bennett and Vicki survive until the rescue ship from Earth arrives? And who is the mysterious Koquillion? Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki in the original Doctor Who TV serial, reads Ian Marter's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1987. 4 CDs. 4 hrs 36 mins.
A collectible slipcase containing three exciting Doctor Who audiobooks, each featuring the Daleks! In Daleks: The Chase, the TARDIS is pursued through Time and Space by the Daleks, who are intent on preventing any future intervention in their plans by the Doctor. In Daleks: Mission to the Unknown and Daleks: The Mutation of Time, the leader of Earth in the far future, Mavic Chen, has allied himself with the Daleks. When the Doctor steals the core of the Time Destructor, his arch enemies pursue him across the galaxy in order to retrieve it. Read by Maureen O'Brien, Peter Purves and Jean Marsh, with Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks, these recordings feature specially composed music and sound effects. 15 CDs. 17 hrs 45 mins.
Maureen O'Brien reads this exciting classic novelisation of a First Doctor TV adventure. Following a skirmish in deep space, two alien spacecraft have crash landed on a barren planet in Galaxy Four. The Drahvins are a race of beautiful females, led by the imperious Maaga. The Rills are hideous tusked monstrosities, accompanied by their robotic servants, the Chumblies. When the Doctor arrives, with companions Vicki and Steven in tow, he discovers that the planet will explode in two days' time. The Drahvins desperately seek his help in escaping the planet and the belligerent Rills. But things are not always as they seem... Maureen O'Brien, who played Vicki in the BBC TV series, reads William Emms's complete and unabridged novelisation, first published by Target Books in 1986. Duration: 4 hours approx. "This range of classic Target audiobooks continues to go from strength to strength..." Doctor Who Magazine
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