5.07. The Pursuit of History
'Parrots, train robberies, economic chicanery and a threat level ramped up to 11... a well deserved 9/10' Planet Mondas
'With its rather epic tone, The Pursuit of History really does feel that "the end of the season is nigh"... the thought of Romana being out of her depth is pretty chilling…' Bex Ferriday Mass Movement
On a brisk winter’s morning in 1850s Yorkshire, Cuthbert, head of the intergalactic business known as 'The Conglomerate' prepares to hijack a very special train.
In the far future, his assistant, Mr Dorrick is awoken by howling alarms. There is a problem with the Quantum Gateway.
In the TARDIS, the Doctor, Romana and K9 detect strange distortions in the Vortex, an energy stream coming from a strange creature called a Laan.
The threads of a plan centuries in the making are coming together. But who is behind this plan? And can anyone possibly escape when history is against them?
Listeners may like to refer to the following releases for story and character background that will enhance the enjoyment of this release: The Sands of Life, War Against The Laan, The Dalek Contract and The Final Phase.
Written By: Nicholas Briggs
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Tom Baker (The Doctor), Lalla Ward (Romana), John Leeson (K9), David Warner (Cuthbert), Toby Hadoke (Mr Dorrick), David Troughton (Mr Edge), John Dorney (David Goddard/Oceanic Airforce Commander), Lisa Bowerman (Conglom-Net Computer/Oceanic Airforce Pilot) Jez Fielder (Neville Sanders/Drudger/Ecidien Cerebus Bird/Albert Chatterton/Salonu Prime), Jane Slavin (The Laan/Salonu).
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs