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Published on January 27th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Minister of Spin-Offs

Chance would be a fine thing! The Minister of Chance, last seen 2001 BBC webcast audio drama Death Comes to Time, will be returning in a ‘radiophonic’ drama produced exclusively for iTunes.

So, what’s a radiophonic drama when its at home? Well, its…

‘Made using a combination of film and radio techniques and delivered by podcast… By painstakingly constructing soundscapes we create worlds that you can drift into wherever you are.’

So its basically a radio drama, then…

The Minister of Chance will be played by Julian Wadham (The Madness of King George) – taking over the role last inhabited by Stephen Fry- who will be teamed up with a barmaid called Kitty, played by Lauren Crace (Sherlock, Eastenders), who follows this stranger into a strange new world and across bridges made of frost

Intriguingly, listed in and amongst the cast are two former Doctors; Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy though both aren’t listed as a particular citizen of Gallifrey.

Also joining this trinity of Time Lords is Avon himself Paul Darrow (Blake’s 7) and Jenny Agutter (Logan’s Run).

The first three pilot episodes, written by Death Comes to Time producer/director Dan Freeman, are available to purchase now which include:

Prologue – The Pointed Hand
In which Ambassador Durian embarks upon a courageous peace mission to the primitive people of Tanto.

Episode 1 – The Broken World
In which Kitty tries stealth-shouting, is hit by a fireball and befriends the wrong creature.

Episode 2 – The Forest Shakes
In which Kitty finds herself in the dark, but not alone, and strange creatures troop the forest.

As part of the shows M.O any money fans (be it for the episodes themselves or any merchandise from the site) part with to hear these new adventures will go into completing the series. That’s right, you fund the action!

(via Shadowlocked)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



One Response to The Minister of Spin-Offs

  1. avatar 23skidoo says:

    One of the best things about the expanded Who franchise is how diverse it is. You have things like this spun-off from a one-off webcast. You have the whole Faction Paradox thing which has become its own mini-franchise. One of the Eighth Doctor-era novels featuring an adopted daughter named Miranda spunoff a comic book. Even back in the 1980s you had things like the Sleeze Brothers comic book spinning off from the DWM comic strip. And never mind all those great independent creator-licensed video spin-offs like Auton, Zygon, and the PROBE series. I love this franchise!

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