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Monday, 30 June 2008

Doctor Who: The Stage Plays

Big Finish will also open the curtains on Doctor Who’s theatrical past with audio adaptations of the three Doctor Who stage plays. Curse of the Daleks, a Doctor-less adventure was written by David Whitaker and Dalek creator, Terry Nation and was originally performed in London in 1965. The two subsequent stage plays were written by former Doctor Who script-editor, Terrance Dicks. 1974’s The Seven Keys to Doomsday starred Trevor Martin as a new incarnation of the Doctor and The Ultimate Adventure in 1989 initially starred Jon Pertwee and later Colin Baker. The Daleks were the Doctor’s opponents in both adventures.

‘These won’t be massive rewrites,’ explains executive producer Nick Briggs, ‘because we want to stay as faithful as possible to the originals and present, for the first time, a lasting, dramatised record of the Doctor’s stage adventures. Terrance has adapted his two plays, and I’ll be making minor changes to Curse, simply to make it more audio-friendly.’

In keeping with this, The Ultimate Adventure will even include the songs that were featured in the theatrical version.

Each play will be released as a double CD with The Ultimate Adventure being available from September, The Seven Keys to Doomsday in October and The Curse of the Daleks in November. Colin Baker will star as the Doctor in The Ultimate Adventure with Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks in all three. Further casting details are yet to be confirmed.

Doctor Who: The Stage Plays replace Cyberman 2 in the Big Finish schedules, with the Cyber mini-series now to be released in February 2009.

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