Seventh Doctor Audio: Master

masterWriter: Joseph Lidster

Director: Gary Russell

Running Time: 2 hours, 12 minutes (4 parts)

Companion: none

Summary: The Doctor is seeing an old friend who has forgotten his memory. But what caused his amnesia, and why are evil forces interested in reversing it?

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Seventh: Paradise Towers

paradiseWriter: Stephen Wyatt

Director: Nicholas Mallett

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companion: Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford)

Season: 24, ep 2 (5-8)

Summary: The Doctor has taken Mel to a resort facility called Paradise Towers because she wants to go to their swimming pool. But when they arrive, they discover it’s been overrun by Kangs, all-female gangs who all wear different colors: red, blue, and yellow. They are being pursued by the Caretakers, who use their machines called Cleaners to rule over the Towers. However, the Cleaners have actually taken control.

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Seventh Doctor Audio: Colditz

colditzWriter: Steve Lyons

Director: Gary Russell

Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)

Summary: The Doctor and Ace arrive at Colditz Castle during WWII, and meet Elizabeth Klein. She comes from an alternate future where the Nazis won, and she wants to preserve that future to secure her existence by any means necessary.

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Seventh: Remembrance of the Daleks

remembranceWriter: Ben Aaronovitch

Director: Andrew Morgan

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)

Season: 26, ep. 1 (1-4)

Summary: The Doctor and Ace have travelled back to Totter’s Lane in 1963 and discover that Davros is looking for the Hand of Omega and is caught between two warring factions of Daleks.

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Seventh Doctor Lost Story: Thin Ice

thin iceWriter: Marc Platt

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)

Running Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes (w/interviews)

Series: 2.3

Summary: The Doctor and Ace travel to Russia during the Cold War and discover that Martian relics are being used to construct a new weapon. An Ice Warrior named Sezhyr has been resurrected. And Ace learns just what plans the Doctor had in store for her.

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Seventh: Battlefield

battlefieldWriter: Ben Aaronovitch

Director: Michael Kerrigan

Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Companions: Ace (Sophia Aldred), Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney)

Season: 26 (eps 1-4)

Summary: The Doctor and Ace assist UNIT for one last time (in Classic Who anyway) and discover a nuclear missile convoy has headed into difficulties. Near Lake Vortigan, Morgaine, the evil sorceress from the legends of King Arthur has returned, seeking Excalibur once more.  She’s mistaken the Doctor for Merlin, or is he actually Merlin?

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Overview: The Sylvester McCoy Era (1987-1989)

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Colin Baker had had enough.  He’d been fired from Doctor Who, and didn’t even bother to come back for his regeneration.  John Nathan-Turner was still producer, but it seemed the only reason he still held the job was that no one else wanted it.  Eric Saward, his long-running script editor, had left his position, citing tensions as a result of the epic “Trial of a Time Lord”. Nathan-Turner was given one last chance to save Doctor Who. He hired Sylvester McCoy as the new Seventh Doctor. The final era had begun.

About Sylvester McCoy

McCoy’s real name is Percy James Kent-Smith and was born on August 20, 1943. He earned his pseudonym when he created a character named Sylveste McCoy while part of the Ken Campbell Roadshow comedy troupe. An r was added to his first name due to a superstition about a name that had 13 letters. He had numerous roles in British television and even starred alongside Laurence Olivier in the 1979 Dracula. He has also sung in the Welsh National Opera.

Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! UNIMAGINABLE POWER! UNLIMITED RICE PUDDING! ET CETERA, ET CETERA!”–“Remembrance of the Daleks”

In a Nutshell

  • Andrew Cartmel became the new and final script editor for the Classic Era. He had an anarchist attitude that was reflected in many episodes during this era.
  • The Rani, Daleks, Cybermen, and Anthony Ainley’s version of the Master all made their final appearances in the Classic period during McCoy’s era. Of the four villains mentioned, only the Rani has not appeared in the revival, although she has appeared in Big Finish albeit with a different actress.

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Short Trips Volume 1: Police and Shreeves

short tripsWriter: Adam Smith

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Seventh

Running Time: 21 minutes

Narrator: Sophia Aldred

Summary: Ace meets a Shreeve, a shape-shifting species that takes the form of the most dominant species on the planet.

Review: I thought the idea of a species that instinctively takes the form of the most dominant species on a planet was a great idea, but this story has the same problem as “The Death Dealer”–it’s too short for the full investment. I feel this could’ve been a full episode.

Overall: 5/10


Seventh: Survival


Writers: Rona Munro and Andrew Cartmel

Director: Alan Wareing

Producer: John Nathan Turner

Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)

No. of Episodes: 3

Summary: The Doctor and Ace return to Perivale, and Ace discovers no one remembers her and all of her friends are gone.  A mysterious race of aliens that are half-cheetah, half human are attacking people. The Doctor and Ace discover that they are in league with the Master. But the Master has changed. He has become like these creatures, so savage that he is no longer himself. And the same thing happens to everyone they come in contact with.

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Seventh Doctor Audio: Dust Breeding

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Writer: Mike Tucker

Director: Gary Russell

Companions: Ace (Sophie Aldred), Bev Tarrant (Louise Falkner)

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

No of episodes: 4, 2 CD’s (download only)

Summary: On 19th century Earth, Edvard Munsch created the macabre painting The Scream, which was supposedly inspired by a scream that ripped through time and space. In the 26th century, Ace and the Doctor have arrived on the colony of Duchamp 331 to “rescue” (actually more like steal) the painting. They discover an alien race called the Krill have contaminated the dust itself,. And an old enemy awaits them.

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