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Doctor Who: An Ordinary Life
Doctor Who - The Early Adventures

1.4. Doctor Who: An Ordinary Life

Available December 2014

Written by Matt Fitton

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1950s London: newcomers arrive daily on British shores seeking a fresh start, new opportunities, or simply the chance of a different life. However, some are from much further afield than India or Jamaica...

After an emergency landing, the TARDIS crew must make the best of it, and look to their new neighbours for help. But the Newman family has more than the prejudices of the time to contend with. A sinister force grows in strength amid the pubs, docks and backstreets of London...

And without the Doctor, marooned in a time and place as alien as anything they've ever encountered, Steven and Sara may well face their greatest challenge yet. To live an ordinary life.


Recorded on: 4-5 March 2013
Recorded at: Moat Studios


Episode titles:

1. An Ordinary Life

2. The Unalike

3. The Sleeping Army

4. The Enemy Without


Production Notes

An Ordinary Life is written by Matt Fitton. He said: “David came to me with the brief of placing Steven and Sara in 1950s London, stranding them in a completely alien environment with the very real possibility that they might just have to get used to living there – an ‘ordinary life’. Added into the mix was the idea that they’d be befriended by some of the Windrush generation of recent arrivals to British shores, to give a different perspective on the times.

“Andrea Levy’s Small Island was mentioned as something to take a look at. I’d seen the recent TV adaptation, and picked up the book. I scoured the library for accounts from immigrants arriving in the Fifties: the places they lived, the kind of work they did. It was very gratifying when Ram John Holder told me how authentic he thought it was: he said he’d had a landlord just like Figgis!

“Rather than just being defined by their origins, however, above all, I wanted the Newmans to come across as a real family – looking out for each other and trying to put food on the table – living that ordinary life, but in a new and unfamiliar place.” Matt was delighted with the way the play was brought to life at the Moat Studios. He said: “I knew how great Peter Purves would be, from my experience with Return of the Rocket Men. With him, you can write three parts at once: Steven, the Doctor, and a narrator. And meeting Jean Marsh – real television royalty – was quite an experience. She was lovely – very naughty too! – and she gave it her all to bring Sara to life. The guest cast sounded perfect alongside them, and I’m really looking forward to hearing it with all the contemporary sound design to give it that 1950s feel.”

With the imminent return of The Companion Chronicles as box sets, fans of Doctor Who’s formative years will be spoiled for choice. Matt said: “I think that fans of the earlier Doctors will be delighted to have brand new adventures with the original cast. It should be like listening to the soundtracks of lost stories – giving us a chance to do something different and new with the era, to tell stories which should feel faithful, but which may not have been possible to tell at the time. With this series of Early Adventures, and Companion Chronicles continuing too, there should be something for everyone who loves the First Doctor and his friends.”

David added: “I rather love it. It feels very different to The Companion Chronicles or The Lost Stories – these are new scripts that are immersed in that wonderful black and white era of the show.”

  • Product Format: 2-disc CD (jewel case)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-339-9
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-869-0
  • Production Code: BFPDWEA04
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: The Bounty of Ceres
Next release in this range: Doctor Who: The Yes Men
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