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Published on March 23rd, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

The Minister Returns

A somewhat unexpected Doctor Who spin off has been released and it’s definitely something worth checking out!

As previously reported, The Minister of Chance is a new audio drama that uses a combination of film and radio techniques and can be heard via podcast and is being described as “a new form of entertainment”. Not only does it feature the vocal talents of Jenny Agutter (American Werewolf in London, Red Dwarf) but also features none other than Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy and Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, however this play will not feature the character of the Doctor in any capacity.

For those not in the know, the character – The Minister of Chance – featured in the 2001/2 Doctor Who webcast Death Comes to Time and was played by Stephen Fry. The Minister was another Time Lord who helped the seventh Doctor to defeat the evil General Tannis played by John Sessions.  The play was a mixed affair but it can be said the character of the Minister is one worthy of a spin off.

This time around, the Minister will be played by Julian Wadham (The Madness of King George, The English Patient) and will have a talented supporting cast for his adventures including Stuart Fox, Lauren Crace, Mark Lewis and Paul Darrow (Doctor Who and the Silurians, Timelash).

There are to be six episodes of this spin off series. Two have been recorded and can be listened to now, however the completion of the entire series depends on how popular these first two episodes are. So using the link provided head over to the website and judge for yourself on whether you’d like to get to know the character of The Minister of Chance a little better.

You can download the first episode for a measly £1.49 entitled The Broken World (or listen to the prologue for free) by visiting www.ministerofchance.com.

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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