Gallifrey (audio series)

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Gallifrey is the umbrella title of a line of audio plays set in the Doctor Who universe, produced by Big Finish Productions, featuring Louise Jameson as Leela, Lalla Ward as President Romana II, and John Leeson as two K-9 units, Mark I and Mark II. The title refers to the home planet of the Time Lords.

The first play in the series, Weapon of Choice, was released in 2004. The most recent: Gallifrey: Intervention Earth, was released in 2015.[1]

Summary[edit]

The series focuses on political struggles within the leadership of the Time Lords, centred on Romana's presidency. In the first series, Romana's progressive policies and desires to open Gallifrey up to the outside universe faces opposition from more conservative cultures. In addition, a terrorist group known as "Free Time", who want to break the monopoly on time travel technology shared among the Time Lords and the few other temporal powers, steals a timeonic fusion device. The inquiry into Romana's handling of the incident reveals a dark secret surrounding the Time Lords' policy of non-intervention.

The second series sees the admission of non-Gallifreyans into the Time Lord Academy, leading to even more tension within the Time Lord political elite. Romana has to deal with Free Time infiltrators as well as an attempted coup by Inquisitor Darkel. In addition, an ancient Gallifreyan evil escapes from the Matrix: Pandora, a megalomaniacal personality who manipulates Romana and others with the goal of regaining life and power. At the end of the second series, Pandora manages to manifest herself in the form of Romana's first incarnation (played once again by Mary Tamm). Both Romanas claim the title of Imperiatrix, absolute ruler of Gallifrey, leading to civil war.

In the third series, Romana traps Pandora in the Matrix once again, and destroys her by sacrificing the Matrix. After an election fraught with political manoeuvring, one Lord Matthias becomes Lord President. The series ends on a cliffhanger, with Gallifrey on the brink of economic and social collapse as well as in danger of being overrun by a Free Time virus, while most of the cast are trapped with no apparent means of escape.

At the time Big Finish's license forbid them from using aspects of the revived television series,[2] the Gallifrey series does not explicitly acknowledge the events of the Time War. However, in the final chapter of the third series Irving Braxiatel speaks of "rumours out there in the big wide universe — more than rumours, in fact — that something's coming to Gallifrey, something worse than you could possibly imagine".

Because of these rumours, Braxiatel engineers the removal of the Time Lord biodata archive from Gallifrey, in order that the Time Lords might someday be restored after their planet meets its doom. Former Big Finish producer Gary Russell indicated in the audio interviews for the fourth series that this was a reference to the television series' Time War.

The fourth series, sees Romana, Leela, K9 Mark II, Brax and Narvin unable to save the Gallifrey they know. Instead, they wander through a collection of truncated time lines, looking for answers in alternate Gallifreys.

List of Gallifrey audio plays[edit]

Series 1 (2004)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Weapon of Choice" Gary Russell Alan Barnes March 2004 (2004-03) BFPGALLCD01
2 "Square One" Gary Russell Stephen Cole April 2004 (2004-04) BFPGALLCD02
3 "The Inquiry" Gary Russell Justin Richards April 2004 (2004-04) BFPGALLCD03
4 "A Blind Eye" Gary Russell Alan Barnes May 2004 (2004-05) BFPGALLCD04

Series 2 (2005)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Lies" Gary Russell Gary Russell April 2005 (2005-04) BFPGALLCD05
2 "Spirit" Gary Russell Stephen Cole May 2005 (2005-05) BFPGALLCD06
3 "Pandora" Gary Russell Justin Richards June 2005 (2005-06) BFPGALLCD07
4 "Insurgency" Gary Russell Steve Lyons July 2005 (2005-07) BFPGALLCD08
5 "Imperiatrix" Gary Russell Stewart Sheargold August 2005 (2005-08) BFPGALLCD09

Series 3 (2006)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Fractures" Gary Russell Stephen Cole May 2006 (2006-05) BFPGALLCD10
2 "Warfare" Gary Russell Stewart Sheargold June 2006 (2006-06) BFPGALLCD11
3 "Appropriation" Gary Russell Paul Sutton July 2006 (2006-07) BFPGALLCD12
4 "Mindbomb" Gary Russell Justin Richards July 2006 (2006-07) BFPGALLCD13
5 "Panacea" Gary Russell Alan Barnes August 2006 (2006-08) BFPGALLCD14

Series 4 (2011)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Reborn" Gary Russell Gary Hopkins March 2011 (2011-03) BFPGALLCD15
2 "Disassembled" Gary Russell Justin Richards March 2011 (2011-03) BFPGALLCD15
3 "Annihilation" Gary Russell Scott Handcock and Gary Russell March 2011 (2011-03) BFPGALLCD15
4 "Forever" Gary Russell David Wise March 2011 (2011-03) BFPGALLCD15

Series 5 (2013)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Emancipation" Gary Russell James Peaty February 2013 (2013-02) BFPGALLCD16
2 "Evolution" Gary Russell Una McCormack February 2013 (2013-02) BFPGALLCD16
3 "Arbitration" Gary Russell David Llewellyn February 2013 (2013-02) BFPGALLCD16

Series 6 (2013)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Extermination" Gary Russell Scott Handcock October 2013 (2013-10) BFPGALLCD17
2 "Renaissance" Gary Russell James Goss October 2013 (2013-10) BFPGALLCD17
3 "Ascension" Gary Russell Justin Richards October 2013 (2013-10) BFPGALLCD17

Series 7 (2015)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Intervention Earth" Scott Handcock Scott Handcock and David Llewellyn February 2015 (2015-02) BFPGALLCD18

Series 8[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Release Date Prod.
code
1 "Enemy Lines" Scott Handcock David Llewellyn May 2016 (2016-05) BFPGALLCD19

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