The latest story in the Short Trips range is released today, and Sixth Doctor companion Constance Clarke must find a way to survive in the darkness… Available only from Big Finish at £2.99.
Doctor Who – The Darkened Earth narrated by Miranda Raison is out now.
Mrs Constance Clarke has faced perils on many planets, but now she finds herself in the most dangerous place on Earth. A place like home, yet terrifyingly different, where ordinary decent folk might hand her over to a dreadful fate. And as night falls, she and the Doctor realise that something is on the prowl outside, a creature darker than the dark. And hungry…
Along with this release your purchase unlocks a music suite accessible on the Big Finish website and the Big Finish app.
Music and sound designer David Roocroft tells us about crafting the soundscape for this unique tale: “The Darkened Earth marks the second time I’ve had the privilege of working on a John Pritchard-scripted Doctor Who story (the first being the recent Companion Chronicle, The Iron Maid), and once again, John’s gift for horror inflections have informed how I approached the music.
“Central to my work on The Darkened Earth was dividing the score into two distinct camps: when the creature is absent, and when the creature is present.
“I felt it was important that the music reflects the creature's effect, here eliminating melody for the times it feeds. Consequently, there’s a big difference between the bright, more orchestral-leaning passages of the score and the sludgy, atonal sequences that denote the creature’s presence.
“I felt this was especially pertinent to emphasising the creature’s ‘otherness’ to Constance – in the absence of the creature, even when I’m attempting to evoke a sense of the approaching uncanny, the arrangements retain a footing in the kind of instrumentation that would have been recognisable to Constance, whereas the creature’s soundtrack would be distinctly ‘other’ and outside the auditory language of someone more used to life (and music) in the 1940s.”
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