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Ace’s trust in the Doctor is tested as his meddling finds her in imminent danger. Doctor Who – Short Trips: Dead Woman Walking is released today.
Sophie Aldred narrates this explosive adventure for Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and his companion. Ace will happily face off with a Dalek, but this time the enemy is coiled around her brain. Can she rely on the Doctor to get her out of trouble?
Doctor Who – Short Trips are short stories, many written by some of Doctor Who’s most popular authors from the worlds of television, print, comics and audio, and read by a host of favourite Big Finish actors.
The Doctor’s meddling has taken a tremendous emotional toll on Ace over their many adventures. However, this time, it may just cost her life.
Landing in the middle of a civil war, the Doctor hoped to discreetly meddle and then slip away unnoticed. Instead, he’s managed to infect Ace with an organic bomb. A bomb with a most unusual trigger.
If Ace dies, so does the planet.
Writer Roland Moore said: “My initial inspiration was to give the Doctor an impossible dilemma – he can't take his companion with him otherwise billions will die. Ace has to put her faith in the Seventh Doctor to come back and find a solution – but she can fully trust him?
“I also wanted to do a story with an alien parasite and show how Ace copes with an enemy she can't blow up or bludgeon with a baseball bat. She's forced to fight it in a different way.”
Producer and Script Editor Alfie Shaw added: “Doctor Who – Short Trips: Dead Woman Walking plays with one of the fundamentals of Doctor Who, which is the Doctor’s willingness – particularly the Seventh Doctor – to put his companions in danger for the greater good. Here, his willingness to do so only exacerbates the problem!
“Roland’s done a superb job at capturing the Seventh Doctor and Ace, especially the unique aspect of their relationship where Ace simultaneously trusts and distrusts the Doctor. He’s done a great job at exploring the drama of that dynamic in a new way."
Big Finish listeners can save money with a bundle of the Short Trips range and get the 12 stories from series 10 for just £30 – that’s a whole year’s worth of adventures, including the already-released stories, Decline of the Ancient Mariner (read by Mark Reynolds), The Infinite Today (read by Katy Manning), and Deleted Scenes (read by Frazer Hines). Get the bundle HERE!
Hear the trailer below.