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Doctor Who: Seven Keys to Doomsday
Doctor Who - The Stageplays

2. Doctor Who: Seven Keys to Doomsday

Available October 2008

Written by Terrance Dicks

Adapted by Terrance Dicks

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A special audio adaptation of the Doctor Who stage-play from the 1970s.

A newly-regenerated Doctor takes his young companions, Jenny and Jimmy, to the desolate world of Karn. There they must face terrifying monsters and brave fiendish traps to locate seven crystal keys.

If they fail in their task, the Doctor’s arch enemies, the Daleks, will unleash their evil upon the entire universe!


Recorded on: 15-16 July 2008
Recorded at: Moat Studios


Vortex #46 (which can be downloaded HERE) looks at bringing this Doctor Who play to life again...


For one night only, Trevor Martin is the Doctor – again! Kenny Smith learns the secrets of stage play SEVEN KEYS TO DOOMSDAY

Britain has a wonderful tradition every December of going to the pantomime: a theatre show with larger than life characters, over-the-top moments, plus plenty of thrills and spills along the way. What better way is there to get into the festive spirit than by giving the Seven Keys to Doomsday a spin?

Adapted by Terrance Dicks from his own 1974 stage play, it brought Trevor Martin back to the role of the Doctor, to face off once again with the dreaded Daleks.

Director John Ainsworth recalls: “Before I was offered the chance to direct Seven Keys, I don’t think anybody else at Big Finish was seriously considering having Trevor as the Doctor. I wasn’t meant to be involved in the stage plays at all but I expressed such an enthusiasm for the project and had such strong opinions on how it should be done that [line producer] David Richardson invited me to be involved. I was very keen that Trevor should play the Doctor again in our version of Seven Keys.”

Trevor Martin remembers, “I was approached by the director, John Ainsworth, to see if I’d like to do it. I didn’t know him, but he told me he had seen me in something, so we met up and he put it to me, and I leapt at the chance.”

Also in the cast was Charlie Hayes – daughter of Wendy Padbury, who had originally played the new companion, Jenny.

John says, “I could have asked Wendy Padbury to play Jenny again, but having decided to go with a new supporting cast it quickly occurred to me that Wendy’s daughter Charlie would be a good choice. She was the right age for the part but, obviously, there was still a nice connection to the original production as well.”

Charlie says, “I told Trevor who I was when I first met him, and he took a moment to digest the information – he was lovely. It was great, and really nice to do.”

Trevor adds, “It was tremendous working with Charlie Hayes. It was a great bit of casting, bringing in the daughter of the girl who played it in the original play, Wendy Padbury. We got on terribly well.”

John says, “I didn’t liaise with Terrance [Dicks] at all, prior to the studio recording. Terrance came along to the studio recording and his first words were, ‘I’m interested to see what you’ve done with it’. I explained that I had done a bit of script editing and, of course, as a script editor himself, he completely understood. He sat with me for the entire recording, following the action in the script and being ready to discuss any points as they arose. He never once raised any concerns about the changes that I’d made. He sent me a lovely email a few days later saying that it had been a new and fascinating experience for him and had opened his eyes to what can be achieved with sound alone.

“Trevor sent me a note after he’d received the finished CD saying that ‘it was a strange but enjoyable feeling doing it again after thirty-four years’.”

  • Product Format: 2-disc CD (jewel case)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Duration: 144 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-84435-374-3
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-255-2
  • Production Code: BFPDWSPCD02
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure
Next release in this range: Doctor Who: The Curse of the Daleks
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