In the first part of the new Serpent Crest series, Tsar Wars, the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Mrs Wibbsey (Susan Jameson) are catapulted from present day Earth to a futuristic civilisation in a distant galaxy. At the Robotov Palace they find the Tsar and Tsarina ruling over their empire whilst human workers toil on satellite moons. The Doctor is mistaken for an old ally of the Tsarina’s, but then suspected of treason when the Palace comes under attack. Dark secrets are lurking in the shadows, and the mysterious Father Gregory will set off a chain of events which have long-lasting consequences for the Doctor and Mrs Wibbsey.
Before you read on and observe the cast list, brace yourselves – it looks as though writer Paul Magrs is treating long-term fans of Baker’s work with this particular adventure…
Featuring a dual role for Tom Baker (dare we speculate?! Exciting!), Tsar Wars features a superb line-up of guest actors including Valeyard actor Michael Jayston, Simon Shepherd, Suzy Aitchison, Paul Chequer, Gabriel Vick, Grant Gillespie and Sam Hoare.
Future instalments in the Serpent Crest series will find the Doctor and company marooned in a 19th Century English village, trapped in a labyrinth of mythical treasures, pitted against an alien incursion, and surviving against the odds on a distant moon. Guest actors will include Terrence Hardiman, Joanna David, Richard Franklin (returning as Mike Yates?), Geoff Leesley, Su Douglas and Andrew Sachs with others yet to be announced.
The Serpent Crest release schedule is as follows:
1. Tsar Wars – 8 September
2. The Broken Crown – 6 October
3. Aladdin Time – 3 November
4. The Hexford Invasion – 8 December
5. Survivors in Space – 8 December
Doctor Who: Serpent Crest part one, Tsar Wars will be available in download format for £6.79 or CD for £10.20, and the disc version can already be ordered from Amazon for £7.85.
Meanwhile, the entire Serpent Crest series is available to pre-order on Amazonright now – roll on September!