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The first of today’s two Doctor Who Monthly Adventures releases is a revolutionary tale as the Sixth Doctor and Peri try not to lose their heads in 18th century France.
Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant star as the Sixth Doctor and Peri in this thrilling full-cast audio drama set during the Reign of Terror. Somehow the Doctor has managed to become the fictional creation of author Baroness Orczy, the one and only Scarlet Pimpernel.
Or has he?
It's 1793 and the Reign of Terror is slicing through the elite of Paris - but not if the Scarlet Pimpernel has anything to do with it! With a very British pluck, and daring bravado, he rescues French aristocrats from Madame Guillotine's embrace. But who hides beneath the Pimpernel’s mask? And isn’t the Scarlet Pimpernel just a fictional character?
At Highmoor House, in England, Peri plays lady of the manor while the Doctor tends to the strange wounds of her ‘husband’, Sir Percy Blakeney. As Peri prepares to host a lavish ball in Sir Percy’s name, French agent Citizen Donat, and a sinister alien force are uninvited guests, both intent on unmasking the Scarlet Pimpernel and putting an end to his heroic escapades, forever!
Actor Colin Baker said: “I've never had the pleasure before of being asked what kind of story I would like to do. And the one that sprang to my lips was The Scarlet Pimpernel. I was a slavish adherent to those books when I was a teenager – all the Baroness Orczy books – and it's always been a rather romantic figure, hasn't it? The English aristocrat who goes around saving lives.”
Writer Chris Chapman added: “I’ve always loved Colin’s era as he was the first Doctor I saw on television. He’s such a great actor and Big Finish has allowed for a renaissance of his Sixth Doctor character.
“The producer John Ainsworth came to me, saying, ‘I was in the studio with Colin the other day, and wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a story with the Scarlet Pimpernel, and perhaps the Doctor could become the Pimpernel? Why hasn’t the show done this idea before?!’ John asked if I could figure it out and what it could be.
“I did a fair bit of research, reading the original book and looking at film adaptations. It’s really a story about disguises and the masks people wear, and the levels of lies people tell to be the person they want to be.”
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