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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 05
Doctor Who - The Third Doctor Adventures

5. Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 05

Released May 2019

Written by John Dorney Guy Adams

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This title was released in May 2019. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until June 30th 2019, and on general sale after this date.

5.1 Primord by John Dorney

Prisoners are escaping from incarceration all around the country and UNIT have been called in to aid in the search. But the Doctor is unwilling to agree to the Brigadier’s request for help as he and Jo have opted to take a holiday – they’re going to visit his old assistant Liz Shaw, now working in Cambridge University.

But, unfortunately for Jo, the Doctor can’t relax for very long. Soon the Time Lord and his friends are facing an old enemy – creatures they’d long since thought they’d put to ground.

The Primords have returned – and this time the danger may strike very close to home.

5.2 The Scream of Ghosts by Guy Adams

When the Brigadier and Jo are called in to look into a breakthrough in the field of portable communication, the Doctor has to stay behind with communications problems of his own – a strange signal coming through the TARDIS console that’s burned out its circuits.

When Benton approaches the Doctor with an odd story about an old friend, the Time Lord realises his troubles and the Brigadier’s investigations may be connected, and hot-foots it in pursuit.

Soon they discover that terrifying sounds are walking in the woods of the English countryside... but what lurks behind those sounds may be even more dangerous...

 

Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart © Haisman & Lincoln and used under licence.
With thanks to Hannah Haisman and Candy Jar

You can read an interview with our new Liz Shaw and daughter of Caroline John, Daisy Ashford here.

Writers Notes

Primord by John Dorney

So here’s a question - in Doctor Who terms... what is a sequel?

It’s not as straightforward as it might appear. Is Dalek Invasion of Earth a sequel to The Daleks? Or is it just another story with the Daleks?

For a long time, I didn’t really feel I’d done any sequels for Big Finish. I’d played with pre-existing concepts like The Celestial Toymaker and Drax, but very few outright sequels.

You see, to me a sequel follows the same threads, ties the stories together. A sequel should do more than just feature the same characters. It should do the same thing... but different.

My first was probably The Perfect Prisoners. Primord is definitely my second.

It’s awfully intimidating doing a sequel to Inferno. I remember finding that story a mind-blowingly good watch when I first encountered it as a young fan back in the nineties. How do you honour a story like that?

Whenever people have floated the idea of a sequel it’s always the alternative universe aspect. And not its featured monsters. (As I was writing this, someone on the Not Big Finish forum said it’d be impossible to bring the Primords back. I laughed, then cried...). They’re underexplored, often ignored. So if we’re looking for the same, but different, that seemed a good place to go. What makes a Primord tick? And what happens when you don’t have another universe to escape to?

The Scream of Ghosts by Guy Adams

Hauntology, that’s the thing. The notion of timelessness and paradox that results from evoking the past in a piece of new art. Is it nostalgia when it’s new?

I’m a fan of electronica – as all ears born to the sounds of the Radiophonic Workshop should be – and the principles of hauntology (or, at least, the playful notion of it) has seen a distinct rise in new music digging up old, electronic bones. (For those of you fancying a taste, exploring the output of record label, Ghost Box Records would be a good place to start, a huge sample of their work is on Spotify. As would a viewing of Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland’s masterful movie of sonic terror with a soundtrack by Broadcast.)

In attempting an act of hauntology myself – the day job, often – I wanted to explore that world. So we have electronica, haunted waveforms and the pastoral evoked as a crunching, electronic place of horror.

We also have a villain played by the author, forced to perform his own expositional dialogue. This is possibly the greatest, most shameful lesson I’ve ever had as a writer, I recommend it wholeheartedly. All you need is a microphone and a room of actors looking at you with no sympathy whatsoever.

  • Product Format: 5-disc CD (jewel case)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Duration: 295 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-795-3
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78703-796-0
  • Production Code: BFPDW3RD05
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