Available this month from Big Finish, The Invasion of E-Space is a new Companion Chronicle from Andrew Smith, whose previous Doctor Who credit, Full Circle, saw the TARDIS team of the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K-9 falling through a CVE into E-Space.
Starring Lalla Ward as Romana and Suanne Braun as Marni Tellis, this adventure tells the story of their encouter with The Farrian…
Trapped within E-Space, the Doctor, Romana and Adric are searching for a Charged Vacuum Emboitment â€“ the gateway back to our universe. Itâ€™s like looking for a needle in a haystack…
Then, by pure chance, a brand new CVE rips into being. Its makers are The Farrian, a warlike race who possess the technology to break into E-Space. But they have come to invade and plunder this new territory, and the riches of the planet Ballustra are their first targetâ€¦
I spoke to Andrew Smith recently and asked him to tell us a bit about the background to this particular adventure. Andrew has been working in the Metropolitan Police for many years, and I was interested to find out how he felt about getting backÂ into the swing of Doctor Who…
When I started this with Big Finish, I really had no idea how they would react. With writing you have no idea; you can read what youâ€™ve written and think its brilliant; come back the next day, read it again and its rubbish. But you cannot judge how good something is on what your friends think.
The first draft went off, then it was two weeks before I heard anything, and I sent David an email saying â€œI can change itâ€ and he sent an email back saying â€œwe love it!â€ I knocked about 700 words off and that was almost it. What we recorded was about 98% first draft!
Itâ€™s quite an epic story, and I was in the studio for recording â€“thereâ€™s a lot of it that is quite epic in scope. In fact Iâ€™m on there in the screams; we recorded some wild tracks of screaming deaths and background hubbub.
Lisa Bowerman directed The Invasion of E-Space. She impressed me â€“ there wasnâ€™t any indecision, she was so on the money and so well prepared she knew exactly what she wanted done. It was a full day and when she had to make a choice she made it and it was the right one.
I probably wouldnâ€™t have done it without David asking me and Iâ€™m very grateful to David for asking me to do it.
We’ll have a full interview with Andrew later today.
Released on October 31st, you can order The Invasion of E-Space from Big Finish on CD or MP3!