Doctor Who unmade stories will finally be brought to life by Big Finish
Two classic Doctor Who television stories that didn't get past the pre-production stage are being resurrected this year.
Peter Davison and Colin Baker will reprise their roles of the Fifth and Sixth Doctors for two full-cast audio releases that will finally bring a pair of 'lost' TV stories to life.
In 'Nightmare Country' by writer Stephen Gallagher, the Doctor (Davison) wakes up on a planet of relics, a dead world, a hostile world... He has no memory of who he is, or how he got to be here.
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"'Nightmare Country' was my detailed pitch for season 21 and would have been my third story for the show," Gallagher explained."But for a terse note from the production office that read, 'You’ve sent us another million-dollar movie and we just can't do them'.
"Some ideas you can recycle, some parts you can reuse; but where do you find another show like Who? So my million dollar movie went into the files and I moved on, until the day my and the Doctor's paths crossed again. Sometimes, it seems, you just have to stay ready and keep the faith."
The second story is 'The Ultimate Evil' by writer Wally K Daly – originally planned to air in 1986. Doctor Who went out on a temporary hiatus that year and when it returned to screens, all original plans for the show's 23rd season were abandoned.
In this story, the Doctor (Baker) and companion Peri (Nicola Bryant) see their holiday plans go awry when they cross paths with the slimy super-salesman Mordant and his scheme to start a war.
"I wrote 'The Ultimate Evil' for TV in 1984 but sadly it was never made because [then-BBC One Controller] Michael Grade decided to take Doctor Who off the air. I adapted it as a novel some years later, but am delighted to bring it back now as an audio play. It's proof that it's impossible to kill Doctor Who!"
Out for release this November, these two stories in Big Finish's Lost Stories range are available for pre-order now at £14.99 on CD or £12.99 on download each.
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