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Published on August 18th, 2008 | by Brian A Terranova

The Ultimate Adventure

I’m told that you can’t move for Colin Baker at the moment, and whether that’s a weight-related joke or not it’s hard to tell. Still, the Sixth Doctor dominates the news pages of Kasterborous for another day with news of the latest series from Big Finish – Doctor Who Stageplays!

These are audio adaptations of the three licensed Doctor Who stage plays – The Ultimate Adventure which played in 1989, The Seven Keys to Doomsday which dates back to 1974 and Curse of the Daleks which ran for one month in 1965 and does not feature the Doctor. All three plays feature the Daleks.

A stellar cast has been assembled for these productions. The series opens with The Ultimate Adventure – written by Terrance Dicks – and stars Colin Baker, Noel Sullivan, Claire Huckle and David Banks. The Doctor and his companions confront the Daleks who have allied themselves with the Cybermen and a deadly band of mercenaries, in an epic adventure spanning time and space.

The Ultimate AdventureReleased as a series, The Doctor Who Stageplays is a long awaited look into the past for Doctor Who fans everywhere who were unable to make the original performances.

 

The Ultimate Adventure – DISC ONE

Remembering The Ultimate Adventure
A retrospective documentary narrated by Nicholas Briggs — Stars Colin Baker and David Banks and writer Terrance Dicks recall the making of the original stage show, which made its debut at the Wimbledon Theatre in 1989 and then toured the UK.

In Conversation: Nicholas Briggs and Peter Ware
Nicholas Briggs(The Voice of the Daleks) and Peter Ware (assistant editor of Doctor Who Magazine) share their memories of the stage show, and reveal what this audio adaptation means to them.

The Ultimate Adventure – DISC TWO

Remaking The UltimateAdventure
The cast, director and producers reveal how The Ultimate Adventure was reborn on audio, almost 20 years after the original production.

The Making of the Music
The Ultimate Adventure contains three musical numbers, performed for this production by Claire Huckle, Noel Sullivan and Nadine Cox. We follow them during the recording, while Musical Director Darren Lord reveals how the songs were revisited.

 

Big Finish are also currently offering a trailer of Seven Keys to Doomsday which stars Trevor Martin as the Fourth Doctor, a role he played on stage before Jon Pertwee left the series.

Doctor Who: The Stageplays are available to order now from Big Finish and cost £14.99 each.

UK customers can pre-order all three plays at the special discount rate of £25.00 if the order is placed before 1st September. After that date, the price increases to £30.00. For prices in other territories, please check the individual product pages. Online download versions will also be available.

The Ultimate Adventure is released in September 2008.

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Doctor Who and me go way back. I first discovered it on my local PBS Station WHYY in the suburbs outside Philadelphia when I was a young kid; though I am uncertain of the exact age.




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