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Doctor Who: Short Trips: The British Invasion
Doctor Who - Short Trips

7.8. Doctor Who: Short Trips: The British Invasion

Available August 2017

Written by Ian Potter

From US $3.88

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A huge metal dome sits by the side of the river Thames, within it is a device that might change the entire future of humanity. The Doctor, Zoe and Jamie embark on a small act of kindness but the TARDIS seems oddly unwilling to help. It’s as if it knows the truth. There is something waiting here, something adaptable and cunning, gathering its strength to conquer the stars.

Recorded on: 11 March 2016
Recorded at: Moat Studios


Writer Ian Potter:

"Back in 1951 when Britain was still recovering from the 2nd World War, a countrywide event was held looking forward to a brighter future for the nation and looking back on its history with a sense of pride - The Festival of Britain. On London's South Bank, strikingly modern buildings sprouted up full of wonders and spectacle. The modern marvel of television was displayed in the Telekinema on the site now occupied by the British Film Institute and the dramatic Skylon and Dome of Discovery brought futuristic 'Dan Dare' architecture to the London's skyline.

I think there's definitely something of the Festival of Britain's aspirations for the future and celebration of history woven into the DNA of early Doctor Who, so it was a delight to put the Doctor and his companions into the Festival and explore the gap between the history and future on display with the history and future they'd lived and travelled through.

It's an adventure first and foremost but the story is directly inspired by one of the more ambitious exhibits in the Dome of Discovery, which had intrigued me when I was a curator of TV at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. When I researched it in depth and found, like many museum exhibits, it never quite worked as envisioned, I was delighted. Popular histories had all related what the exhibition brochure claimed the exhibit would do, not what it ended up doing in practice. It was a perfect metaphor for a story that touches on how history sometimes becomes propaganda. I had to hold back from describing everything on the South Bank exhibition site but I promise you every single thing in the story, with the exception of the Doctor, his friends, Jamie and Zoe and our villain, really was there. In fact, after producer Ian Atkins suggested a small tweak to my initial storyline it transpired the site had (slightly spookily) provided exactly what we needed to accommodate it!

I was lucky enough to attend the recording of the story by Wendy Padbury, whose reading I found utterly delightful. It's beautifully pitched and seemingly effortless, bringing far more than I could have imagined to my words. Listening to her recreating Zoe so perfectly put a huge smile on my face. I do hope listeners will have some of that excitement I felt in the studio, enjoy the adventure and, just maybe, when they next visit a museum, wonder what other stories might be hidden there among the displays..."

August, 2017


It’s hard to find any fault with The British Invasion, one of those lovely occasions when everything falls perfectly into place. 10/10

Blogtor Who

Wendy Padbury delivers a fine performance as the three members of her TARDIS crew as well as the other people involved. 8/10

Sci-Fi Bulletin
  • Product Format: 0-download only
  • Duration: 42 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: n/a
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-123-3
  • Production Code: BFPMSTDL32
Previous release in this range: Doctor Who: Short Trips: Flashpoint
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