The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure
|The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure|
|Big Finish Productions audio drama|
Simon Barnard & Paul Morris (The End of the Line)|
Alan Barnes (The Red House)
Matt Fitton (Stage Fright)
Nicholas Briggs (The Brink of Death)
|Directed by||Nicholas Briggs|
|Produced by||David Richardson|
|Executive producer(s)||Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs|
|Release date||August 2015|
Within the narrative of the series, the Doctor, its principal character, is a time-travelling alien known as a Time Lord, whose biological characteristics allow him to regenerate into a new form to circumvent an otherwise deadly experience; the device has been used to allow for a change in lead actor every few years in the production of the televised series. The sixth such instance was depicted in 1987 at the very beginning of Time and the Rani, but due to the firing between seasons of Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker, the episode gave the event very little screen time and didn't explain what had caused it.
Big Finish Productions producer David Richardson approached Baker in 2014, after seeing "The Time of the Doctor", which had depicted (on television) the regeneration of the Eleventh Doctor into the Twelfth: "I felt very strongly that regeneration stories, and each Doctor’s final end, are very important to Doctor Who fans – these are stories that allow us to see the Doctor at his most courageous, making a sacrifice that only makes us love him more." Baker, who had been working with Big Finish since 1999, agreed to participate, saying that his depiction of the Doctor "did not benefit from" the difficult circumstances the show faced in the 1980s, and that the quality of Big Finish's work was "the only reason [he had] agreed to bring [his] Doctor to an end."
The audio drama consists of four one-hour episodes, each by a different author and each pairing the Doctor with a different companion and taking place at a different point in his life, but all unified by the presence of the villainous Valeyard, a potential future version of the Doctor introduced in Baker's last television serial, The Trial of a Time Lord. Besides Baker, Michael Jayston and Bonnie Langford reprised their roles from The Trial of a Time Lord, respectively as the Valeyard and as the Doctor's companion Mel.
The final part (The Brink of Death) explains that the Sixth Doctor dies due to the radiation of the planet Lakertya as part of his sacrifice in order to stop the Valeyard from taking over existence.
Cast list and Plot summaries
- The Doctor — Colin Baker
- The Valeyard — Michael Jayston (appears in all four episodes but is not credited for his cameo in The End of the Line)
The End of the Line
The Doctor and his new companion Constance investigate a dimensional nexus made out of a train station with ever-increasing platforms and people who appear multiple times, who are all dead.
- Constance Clarke — Miranda Raison
- Tim Hope — Anthony Howell
- Keith Potter — Chris Finney
- Alice Lloyd — Ony Uhiara
- Norman — Hamish Clark
- Hilary Ratchett — Maggie Service
The Red House
The Doctor and Charley investigate a village populated by inverted werewolves- peaceful in their wolf states and ruthless Neanderthal-esque figures in their human states- and by scientists who attempt to normalize them.
- Charlotte Pollard — India Fisher
- Sergeant — Ashley McGuire
- Dr Paignton/Constable — Andree Bernard
- Ugo — Rory Keenan
- Lina — Jessie Buckley
- Arin/Dennis — Kieran Hodgson
The Valeyard crosses paths with the Doctor's old friends Henry Jago and Professor Litefoot in Victorian London, where he stages a play that seems to recall the Doctor's previous regenerations.
- Flip — Lisa Greenwood
- Henry Gordon Jago — Christopher Benjamin
- Professor George Litefoot — Trevor Baxter
- Ellie Higson — Lisa Bowerman
- Susie/Sylvie — Andree Bernard
- Bella — Lizzie Roper
The Brink of Death
With the Valeyard's plan coming to fruition, the Doctor finds himself trapped in a cold 'Hell' of isolation, unable to stop the Valeyard from taking his place at Mel's side, and soon, much, much more than that...
- Melanie Bush — Bonnie Langford
- Genesta — Liz White
- Coordinator Storin/Nathemus 1 — Robbie Stevens
- Lorelas/Nathemus 2 — Susan Earnshaw
- Seventh Doctor — Sylvester McCoy
- The Rani — Kate O'Mara
- Due to the delay of Criss-Cross, the story which introduces Constance Clarke as a new companion for the Doctor, The End of the Line was (unexpectedly) the first story released to feature the character.
- This is the first audio drama and the first Big Finish story to depict the Doctor's regeneration, although "Winter", the final part of Circular Time (an earlier release also structured as four separate but connected stories), takes place during the Fifth Doctor's regeneration, as seen in The Caves of Androzani. "The Lying Old Witch in the Wardrobe", a short story published as part of the Big Finish Short Trips range, similarly expanded upon a Time Lord regeneration not seen to be properly explained in the television series, this time of the Doctor's companion Romana in Destiny of the Daleks.
- The Tenth Planet at Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel)
- News: Doctor Who – The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure at Big Finish Productions. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2016.