Part One of Two Frequently Asked Questions about Doctor Who related dramas produced by independent production groups Compiled and published by D. Paul Griggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) Version 5.1 - 16/05/99 - BBV and BIG FINISH productions, casts and personnel updated. NB: Please note that this FAQ is still a work in progress, and probably will be until the day I die. If you see ???? it means that I don't have the necessary info and would like any help I can get. This document contains SPOILERS!!!! Contents SECTION ZERO - THIS FAQ AND SOME INFORMATION TO HELP YOU READ IT. 0.1 So What's this FAQ all about? * 0.2 A List of Symbols and Acronyms found in this FAQ 0.3 Where can I get this FAQ? SECTION ONE - BBV PRODUCTIONS 1.1 Who are BBV PRODUCTIONS? 1.2 Who is THE STRANGER? 1.3 Who is COLIN BAKER? 1.4 Who is BILL BAGGS? 1.5 What adventures feature THE STRANGER? 1.6 Has THE STRANGER appeared anywhere else? 1.7 What is P.R.O.B.E.? 1.8 What P.R.O.B.E. stories are there? 1.9 What is "THE AUTON TRILOGY"? 1.10 What are the stories in THE AUTON TRILOGY? * 1.11 Who are THE TIME TRAVELLERS? * 1.12 What adventures feature THE TIME TRAVELLERS? 1.13 Who is THE WANDERER? 1.14 What adventures feature THE WANDERER? * 1.15 What are the "ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE"? * 1.16 What "ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE" are there? # 1.17 What other "AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE" are there? 1.18 Are there any other productions by the same people? * 1.19 Who else is responsible for these productions? 1.20 Are there any other forthcoming productions from BBV? * 1.21 Where can I get these productions? a) In the UK b) USA c) AUSTRALIA 1.22 Are there any other related products? SECTION TWO - REELTIME PICTURES 2.1 Who are REELTIME PICTURES? * 2.2 What "ALTERNATIVE" WHO productions have they done? 2.3 Who else is responsible for these productions? 2.4 Where can I get these tapes? 2.5 Are there any other related products? SECTION THREE - DREAMWATCH MEDIA 3.1 Who are DREAMWATCH MEDIA? 3.2 What "ALTERNATIVE" WHO productions have they done? 3.3 Who else is responsible for these productions? 3.4 Where can I get these tapes? 3.5 Are there any other related products? SECTION FOUR - BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS LTD. 4.1 Who are BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS LTD? * 4.2 What are the "NEW ADVENTURES"? * 4.3 What DOCTOR WHO adventures have they produced? 4.4 Who else is responsible for these productions? 4.5 Where can I get these stories? 4.6 Are there any other related products? SECTION FIVE - MISCELLANEOUS STUFF * 5.1 Additional Contributors * 5.2 Document History SECTION ZERO - THIS FAQ AND SOME INFORMATION TO HELP YOU READ IT (with apologies to Douglas Adams for misquoting Hitchhiker.) 0.1 So What's this FAQ all about? After the apparent `death' of the original series of DOCTOR WHO, several independent production groups sprang up to fill the gap with WHO-based or WHO-similar films. As more and more of these films were made the number of questions about them on the internet have increased. Thus this FAQ was created to answer those questions. More recently some of these groups have moved into audio productions and these too have been added to the FAQ's remit. The "ALTERNATIVE" WHO FAQ deals solely with the fictional alternatives to the original series, therefore documentary and interview material is not included except where it is directly related to the productions detailed here. (Which is why BBV's BIDDING ADIEU isn't mentioned anywhere but here.) The productions mentioned here are also classed as semi-professional so, unless there are sufficient requests, fan produced videos and audio's (e.g. AUDIO VISUALS, HELICAL SCAN, EVERLASTING FILMS, TIME RIFT etc.) will not be included. (In fact, there are so many of these now that they probably deserve an FAQ of their own.) As with most files of this type, it is an ongoing piece of work. If a mistake is made or a piece of info is forgotten, please pass it on to me. * 0.2 A List of Symbols and Acronyms found in this FAQ. The following symbols indicate the status of a question within the FAQ. # - An All-New Question. * - This Question has been updated since the last edition. To save time and space I have reduced most of the titles of the stories to acronyms as listed below. A - "AUTON" A2S - "AUTON 2: SENTINEL" A3? - "AUTON 3: ????" BR - "BIRTHRIGHT" BS - "BLOOD SPORTS" BTS - "BEYOND THE SUN" BOTP - "BREACH OF THE PEACE" CH - "CYBER HUNT" DT - "DOWNTIME" DW - "DRAGON'S WRATH" EOTB - "EYE OF THE BEHOLDER" EOTS - "EYE OF THE STORM" G - "GHOSTS" GOW - "GHOSTS OF WINTERBORNE" GFTN - "GUESTS FOR THE NIGHT" IOLS - "ISLAND OF LOST SOULS" IMA - "IN MEMORY ALONE" JW - "JUST WAR" LSOD - "THE LEFT SIDE OF DARKNESS" MG - "MINDGAME" MGT - "MINDGAME: TRILOGY" MTAM - "MORE THAN A MESSIAH" OH - "ONLY HUMAN" ONII - "OH NO IT ISN'T!" P - "PHANTASMAGORIA" PI - "PROSPERITY ISLAND" REPU - "REPUBLICA" SBS - "SUMMONED BY SHADOWS" SD - "SHAKEDOWN: THE RETURN OF THE SONTARANS" TAS - "THE AIRZONE SOLUTION" TC - "THE CHOICE" TDOW - "THE DEVIL OF WINTERBORNE" TFM - "THE FINAL MISSION" TOS - "THE OTHER SIDE" TS - "THE SEARCH" TSOF - "THE SOUND OF FEAR" TSW - "THE SONTARAN WAY" TTG - "THE TERROR GAME" TZI - "THE ZERO IMPERATIVE" US - "UNNATURAL SELECTION" VS - "VITAL SIGNS" WL - "WARLORDS" WT - "WARTIME" WTB - "WALKING TO BABYLON" ZA - "ZYGONS: ABSOLUTION" ZH - "ZYGONS: HOMELAND" 0.3 Where Can I get this FAQ? Usenet - Posted to rec.arts.drwho, rec.arts.drwho.info and uk.media.sf.tv.drwho upon publication of a new version. FTP - Currently Unavailable (If anyone can arrange for it to be put onto one of the FTP sites then please let me know where.) WWW - Currently available at Siobhan Morgan's homepage at: - http://nitro9.earth.uni.edu/doctor/stranger.html You can also find older editions archived courtesy of Deja News at www.dejanews.com with a Power Search of the rec.arts.drwho newsgroup. SECTION ONE - BBV PRODUCTIONS 1.1 Who are BBV PRODUCTIONS? BBV (which stands for BILL and BEN VIDEOS, Ben being the nickname of BILL BAGGS wife, HELEN) PRODUCTIONS are a small film and audio production company originally set up under the aegis of the BBC FILM CLUB in 1991 and is owned and managed by BILL BAGGS. They have so far specialised in Telefantasy drama based on or inspired by the BBC Television series DOCTOR WHO and has featured many members of the cast and crew from the series. The productions are very high quality considering the shoestring budget involved. These films include THE STRANGER and P.R.O.B.E. series and THE AUTON TRILOGY as well as one-off dramas and, more recently, audio dramas in a similar vein. Their personnel include BBV's founder BILL BAGGS, NICHOLAS BRIGGS (The Doctor from the AUDIO VISUAL series of DOCTOR WHO audio plays and presenter of REELTIME PICTURES MYTHMAKERS interviews.) and MARK GATISS (NEW ADVENTURES writer, Actor and Playwright) Since 1996 BBV have been distributing their video productions direct to High Street stores on the REELTIME PICTURES video label. Further information about the history of BBV and its current work can be found at their website: - http://www.bbv1.demon.co.uk 1.2 Who is BILL BAGGS? BILL BAGGS was the organiser of the Hampshire division of the DOCTOR WHO APPRECIATION SOCIETY. Amongst his activities, at the tender age of seventeen he organised a DOCTOR WHO convention. Another of the projects he undertook in this role was a non-profit DOCTOR WHO audio adventure, recorded on an old reel-to-reel tape machine. Written by Bill himself, it was called "PLANET OF DOOM." Out of the success of this first venture came the AUDIO VISUALS, what was to become a series of twenty-eight dramas produced at first by BAGGS and later by GARY RUSSELL when BILL gave up producing the AUDIO VISUALS in 1987. In 1986 he joined the BBC in London as a clerk, where he became an active member of the BBC film club and organiser of the BBC theatre club. 1987 saw him transfer to BBCTV Centre as an assistant picture editor in the news and current affairs department before spending three months as a video editor at the BBC's Birmingham studios, Pebble Mill, where his education in compressing information into two, three or ten minute slots helped his economic story-telling techniques. Through the BBC Theatre Club BILL met with CHRISTIAN DARKIN who was to write the first BBV production, "SUMMONED BY SHADOWS." The rest, as they say, is history. 1.3 Who is THE STRANGER? (MAJOR SPOILERS!!!) "The Estrangement programme... I was its first experimental subject. It was a punishment designed to wipe out all memory of my past terrorist crimes, but the past never stays dead for long. Now I had to decide, Was I Soloman or.... The Stranger?" The Stranger - "THE STRANGER CHRONICLES 1: THE FINAL MISSION" When we first encounter THE STRANGER, we know virtually nothing about him. The natives of the planet he is residing on merely call him `The Man who Appeared'. He is a traveller, with a young female companion, who has decided to shun contact with other people. As time passes, we learn a little more about him and his companion until the terrible truth is finally revealed. THE STRANGER, whose real name is SOLOMAN was the leader of a terrorist cell in an on-going interdimensional guerrilla war between his race, the Preceptors, and the guardians of the multiverse, the Protectorate. During one assassination mission he was captured by the Protectorate and, in exchange for the freedom of his associates Egan and Saul, he underwent a reprogramming, removing all memory of who he was. The Protectorate plan being that he would reform himself. He is not a true humanoid. The Preceptors are a race of beings that exist in a non-corporeal form between dimensions, in what they call the Dimensional Web. SOLOMAN takes on his humanoid form when he is in real space. 1.4 Who is COLIN BAKER? COLIN BAKER was born in London in 1943. Acting while young, he made an early appearance on Granada Television in "MY WIFE'S SISTER." He joined the North Manchester Amateur Dramatics Society, but in the meantime, but in the mean time trained as a solicitor. By the age of 23, he had decided that he wanted to fully pursue an acting career, and went to study at LAMDA. His chosen vocation began in earnest on May 12, 1969 at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge in the play "PLAINTIFF IN A PRETTY HAT." On television he appeared in "ROADS TO FREEDOM", "THE SILVER SWORD", "THE ADVENTURES OF DON QUICK", and "WAR AND PEACE" - but found fame in the mid-seventies BBC drama series "THE BROTHERS" in which he played the unlikeable PAUL MERRONEY. COLIN has been married twice. First to actress LIZA GODDARD and now actress MARION WYATT. After "THE BROTHERS" COLIN went on to guest roles in "BLAKES 7", "JULIET BRAVO" and "DOCTOR WHO." The latter leading to his casting in the lead role upon PETER DAVISON'S departure. He continues to enjoy an extensive career in radio, television and theatre, most recently including a succesful tour in a stage adaptation of "KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS." 1.5 What adventures feature THE STRANGER? THE STRANGER Starring COLIN BAKER as THE STRANGER PRODUCED and DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS BBV 1 - "SUMMONED by SHADOWS" by CHRISTIAN DARKIN (Approx. 35 mins) Released: ???? 1992 Battered by his experiences travelling through space and time, the mysterious stranger has rejected his long time companion and is in self-imposed exile on a barren planet, where he determines to ignore the pleas for help from the victims of a macabre and strangely familiar Conjuror, who seems to have limitless power... Co-stars NICOLA BRYANT as MISS BROWN MICHAEL WISHER as THE CONTROLLER JOHN WADMORE as DANE HEATHER BARKER as TANYA JON SAYERS as THE INTERPRETER HELEN HEWLETT as ESCAPING WOMAN DOCTOR WHO fans may recognise the Controller's orbiting spaceship as it went on to appear as the Rani's TARDIS in the Children in Need 3-D story "DIMENSIONS IN TIME." Before NICOLA BRYANT committed to playing the role of MISS BROWN other actresses were considered, including another ex-DOCTOR WHO companion, DEBORAH WATLING and CHARLOTTE COLEMAN (who would later find success in "ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT" and "FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.") BBV 2 - "MORE THAN A MESSIAH" by NIGEL FAIRS (Approx. 40 mins) Released: ???? 1992 MAJUS XVII - a paradise world for interplanetary tourists to relax and revel in the simple life. But all is not what it seems, as the Stranger and Miss Brown discover when decaying bodies rise from the ground, tourists are swallowed by the angry sea and a mysterious girl whose infatuated obsession with The Stranger soon threatens the life of everyone on the planet. Co-stars NICOLA BRYANT as MISS BROWN/THE GIRL SOPHIE ALDRED as THE GIRL PETER MILES as BERNARD DARTON BARBARA SHELLEY as CHARLOTTE DARTON NIGEL FAIRS as NIC MARK TROTMAN as MARK This story was originally produced in 1986 by AUDIO VISUALS as a DOCTOR WHO audio play starring NICHOLAS BRIGGS as THE DOCTOR and NIGEL FAIRS as TRUMAN CROUCH. BBV 3 - "IN MEMORY ALONE" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 40 mins) Released: February 1993 The deserted dilapidation of a railway station is violently distorted by an unscheduled arrival. Something has travelled an unimaginable distance across space... The stations' reopening was not on the official timetable, but nevertheless the platform has been swept clean and things are back to... normal? A train is approaching, but it's sole occupant knows only one thing for sure - he doesn't belong here. Waiting at the station is a woman... but what is she waiting for? Answers to questions she cannot even remember... Co-stars NICOLA BRYANT as MISS BROWN NICHOLAS BRIGGS as MINOR Loosely based on a DOCTOR WHO audio play entitled CONGLOMERATE which was produced by AUDIO VISUALS and starred NICHOLAS BRIGGS as THE DOCTOR and RICHARD MARSON as GREG HOLMES. IN MEMORY ALONE was recorded in late 1992 and early 1993. plus "THE MAKING OF IN MEMORY ALONE" NARRATED and PRODUCED by QUENTIN RAYNER BBV 6 - "THE TERROR GAME" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 45 mins) Released: May 1994 At the dramatic climax of IN MEMORY ALONE, the Stranger made a desperate bid to escape from an alien environment. Unsure of his own identity, he submitted himself to a process which promised to put "everything in its proper place". But where is the Stranger's "proper place"? Just who is the Stranger? After materialising in an alley behind a seedy night-club, the Stranger begins piecing together his fragmented past. As the disturbing evidence gathers and the memories return, it occurs to him that the hidden terrors of his previous life may be best left forever concealed. Co-stars DAVID TROUGHTON as EGAN LOUISE JAMESON as TAMORA HENNESSEY JOHN WADMORE as SAUL NICHOLAS BRIGGS as RAVEN NICK PEGG as NORMAN TURNER HELEN HEWLETT as WOMAN BBV 7 - "BREACH OF THE PEACE" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 45 mins) Released: July 1994 They are terrorists from another dimension. They have completed their mission on Earth and now they want to leave. But they are trapped - and they are desperate. In THE TERROR GAME, the Stranger discovered that he was Soloman, the leader of a Preceptor terrorist cell on an assassination run in this dimension. But he has decided to reject his violent past and has settled into a mundane, Earthly lifestyle. However, his fellow cell members, Egan and Saul, have assumed the identities of police officers to track Soloman down. In their ruthless determination to return to the war beyond our universe, they will let nothing stand in their way. Co-stars DAVID TROUGHTON as EGAN CAROLINE JOHN as DCI DIANA SELLERS JOHN WADMORE as SAUL NICHOLAS BRIGGS as DI MIKE EVANS HOLLY KING as ROSE O'NEIL EMMA HILL as REPORTER IAN MARR as PC PAYNE DAVID ROWSTON and ROBIN PRITCHARD as P.C.'s Just to prove that the oddest mistakes do crop up occasionally, even in the highest quality productions, I've been informed that the 2nd Assistant Director on BOTP was incorrectly credited. Just for the record, the 2nd Assistant Director on BOTP was MIKE LAYCOCK, not MIKE LOCKWOOD as stated on the credits. Recording took place between the 7th and 15th of May, 1997. BBV 10 - "EYE OF THE BEHOLDER" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Original Release: Approx. 2 tapes * 45 mins) (1997 Re-release: Approx. 90 mins) Released: ???? 1995 Creatures from a Dimensional Web who have taken human form to carry out acts of indiscriminate terrorism. Egan and Saul are committed Preceptors, but Soloman has renounced his calling. Now, wrenched back to Earth from the Web by some unknown force, the Preceptors stumble upon Metaphysic, a heavily guarded research project where they encounter Hunter and the talented Meta. As Hunter's experiment runs out of control, Egan finds that killing isn't easy when your emotions are being manipulated. To save the situation Soloman must revert to his Preceptor training, something he hoped he'd never do... ...in order to survive he must kill! Co-stars DAVID TROUGHTON as EGAN GEOFFREY BEEVERS as HUNTER JOHN WADMORE as SAUL HOLLY KING as ROSE O'NEIL BERNADETTE GEPHEART as META ALISON TROUGHTON as SHEILA PATRICIA MERRICK as MAJOR DEVLIN NICHOLAS BRIGGS as SOLDIER This production was a remake of THE STRANGER CHRONICLES audio play "EYE OF THE STORM", see below. 1.6 Has THE STRANGER appeared anywhere else? Yes. THE STRANGER has also made appearances in a pair of audio plays released after "BREACH OF THE PEACE", entitled THE STRANGER CHRONICLES. THE STRANGER CHRONICLES Starring COLIN BAKER as THE STRANGER DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS PRODUCED by BILL BAGGS I: "THE FINAL MISSION" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 60 mins) Released: ???? 1995 (Tape) Re-Release: January 1999 (CD) As The Stranger recovers from the events of THE TERROR GAME, he remembers the final actions that set him on a different path to Saul and Egan, forever! Co-stars DAVID TROUGHTON as EGAN ELISABETH SLADEN as MARIS ALEXA JOHN WADMORE as SAUL HOLLY KING as ROSE NICK BARCLAY as DRAIN MAN It is hoped that both of "THE STRANGER CHRONICLES" will be re-released at the beginning of 1999 under the AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE banner, assuming that BILL BAGGS can find the original master tapes in time. II: "EYE OF THE STORM" by ARTHUR WALLIS (Approx. 60 mins) Released: ???? 1995 Re-Release: January 1999 (CD) Following the ending of BREACH OF THE PEACE, Egan, Saul and The Stranger find themselves returned to earth and in deadly danger from an experiment involving a young girl named Meta. In a desperate bid to escape, Egan finally learns a few lessons about humans... Co-stars DAVID TROUGHTON as EGAN JOHN WADMORE as SAUL KAREN HENSON as META AMANDA HURWITZ as SHEILA DAVID TERRANCE as HUNTER Believe-it-or-else department: ARTHUR WALLIS is a pseudonym for NICHOLAS BRIGGS that dates back to his writing days on AUDIO VISUALS and MYTHMAKERS. (In fact, for the AUDIO VISUALS tapes NICK had been known to disguise his voice and be interviewed as his alter-ego.) The name also crops up on the credits for "STRANGER THAN FICTION." The reason for the use of the pseudonym is that the original script was by SIMON MESSINGHAM, but it never really worked out. NICK was asked to write a new script at the very last moment. NICK and BILL weren't keen on NICK being credited for both scripts, so NICK used his trusty pen-name - all very unclear last minute thinking really! The 1999 re-release features extra material originally cut from the original tape release because of time constraints. 1.7 What is P.R.O.B.E.? P.R.O.B.E. is the Preternatural Research Bureau, an organisation created by the British Government to investigate the strange, the abnormal, the unexplained, the dangerous... in fact, anything on Earth or beyond! P.R.O.B.E.'s main agent is DR ELIZABETH SHAW, formerly of Cambridge University and also former Scientific Assistant to U.N.I.T. (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) The head of P.R.O.B.E. is PATRICIA HAGGARD. 1.8 What P.R.O.B.E. stories are there? P.R.O.B.E. Starring CAROLINE JOHN as LIZ SHAW and LOUISE JAMESON as PATRICIA HAGGARD PRODUCED and DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS BBV 8 - "THE ZERO IMPERATIVE" by MARK GATISS (Approx. 65 mins) Released: September 1993 Re-Released: ???? Re-Re-Released: April 1998 Former UNIT luminary Liz Shaw and her assistant Bayliss are investigating a series of bizarre murders, all committed near a soon-to-be-closed psychiatric hospital. When the hospital is unexpectedly reprieved by rich Industrialist Peter Russell events seem to move out of Liz's control. Are the incumbent director of the clinic, Doctor Dove and his predecessor Doctor O'Kane harbouring the killer? What is the centuries-old horror hidden in the grounds? And what exactly is the secret of room zero? Co-stars COLIN BAKER as DR. PETER RUSSELL SYLVESTER MCCOY as DR. COLIN DOVE JON PERTWEE as DR. JEREMIAH O'KANE LINDA LUSARDI as BAYLISS DAVID TERENCE as PATIENT ZERO MARK GATISS as DR. WILLIAM BRUFFIN NICOLA FULLJAMES as DR. HEARS PATRICIA MERRICK as DR. GILCHRIST JONATHAN RIGBY as CUMMINGS SOPHIE ALDRED as P.R.O. SIMON MESSINGHAM and ALEXANDER KIRK as ORDERLIES WILLIAM BAGGS as DANIEL DANIEL MILLS as BOY'S VOICE plus cameos from NICHOLAS BRIGGS and PETER DAVISON The original P.R.O.B.E. film was released for a third time at the beginning of April 1998 on the REELTIME PICTURES label and the cover reflects the P.R.O.B.E. design for the other three films. It also includes the "making of" documentary STRANGER THAN FICTION 3. BBV 11 - "THE DEVIL OF WINTERBORNE" by MARK GATISS (Original Release: Approx. 2 tapes * 40 mins) (1996 Re-Release: Approx. 80 mins) Released: August 1995 When P.R.O.B.E. is summoned to investigate the savage murder of a retired headmaster, Liz Shaw is disturbed to find evidence of satanic rite near the scene of the crime. She soon discovers a web of deceit and corruption that extends back in time, threatening the current occupants of nearby Winterborne school. With P.R.O.B.E. under threat from within and the death toll mounting, Liz finds herself under increasing pressure from all sides to produce results... The Devil of Winterborne is at large and only Liz can stop it! Co-stars PETER DAVISON as GAVIN PURCELL TERRY MOLLOY as D.I. BURKE GEOFFREY BEEVERS as SIR BRIAN RUTHERFORD/WHITAKER CHARMIAN MAY as BARBARA TAPLOE MARK GATISS as GEORGIE DANIEL MATTHEWS as CHRISTIAN PURCELL REECE SHEARSMITH as ANDREW POWELL STEPHEN DOLOMORE as LUKE PENDREL JONATHAN RIGBY as CUMMINGS BBV 13 - "UNNATURAL SELECTION" by MARK GATISS (Approx. 45 mins) Released: October 1996 In 1975, the British Government quietly closed down a secret evolutionary project codenamed BEAGLE, ordering the destruction of all research materials. Today, the horrific discovery of several oddly mutated bodies alerts Liz Shaw and P.R.O.B.E. to the fact that something is stalking the original site of project BEAGLE - something which may challenge the very nature of humanity itself! With a crack security team at her disposal, Liz desperately attempts to track down the perverted results of the project. But who or what is hunting whom? Co-stars CHARLES KAY as PROFESSOR JULIUS QUILTER MARK GATISS as ALFRED EMERSON GEOFFREY BEEVERS as SIR BRIAN RUTHERFORD ALEXANDER KIRK as COLONEL ACKROYD SIMON WOLFE as DR. DENNIS LANCASTER KATHRYN RAYNER as ANGELA PATRICIA MERRICK as DR. GILCHRIST JONATHAN RIGBY as CUMMINGS GEORGE MURPHY as SECURITY GUARD KEITH BROOKS, STEPHEN BRADSHAW, MARK MOORE and GABRIEL MYKAJ as SOLDIERS Also included on this tape is part one of the BBV behind-the-scenes documentary STRANGER THAN FICTION II (Billed as STRANGER THAN FICTION on the tape cover). Part two is included on GHOSTS OF WINTERBORNE. BBV 14 - "GHOSTS OF WINTERBORNE" by MARK GATISS (Approx. 45 mins) Released: November 1996 The Devil of Winterborne has only recently been exorcised by P.R.O.B.E. But when the body of its last victim disappears, and a book of black magic spells is stolen from a local museum, Liz Shaw begins to wonder if the ghosts of the past have really been laid to rest. Forced into an unholy alliance with the school's disgraced headmaster, Liz must fight not only her own warring emotions, but a festering evil that threatens to corrupt the Earth again after 100 years. But how do you fight a shadow from hell? Co-stars PETER DAVISON as GAVIN PURCELL DANIEL HARCOURT as CHRISTIAN PURCELL REECE SHEARSMITH as ANDREW POWELL CHARMIAN MAY as BARBARA TAPLOE/MARGARET WYNDHAM DAVID HANKINSON as MAX NATHAN HAMLETT as IAN ALAN NICHOLAS as LIBRARIAN STEPHEN DOLOMORE as LUKE PENDREL Also included on this tape is part two of the BBV behind-the-scenes documentary STRANGER THAN FICTION II. Part one is included on UNNATURAL SELECTION. 1.9 What is THE AUTON TRILOGY? THE AUTON TRILOGY is a series of three linked films produced by BBV in conjunction with REELTIME PICTURES and features the alien Nestene consciousness which was originally featured in the "DOCTOR WHO" stories "SPEARHEAD FROM SPACE" (1970) and "TERROR OF THE AUTONS" (1971) which starred the late JON PERTWEE as THE DOCTOR. The production of THE AUTON TRILOGY has seen a number of firsts for BBV including the first filming in a studio and BILL BAGGS relinquishing the directors chair to other people. * 1.10 What are the stories in THE AUTON TRILOGY? THE AUTON TRILOGY Starring MICHAEL WADE as LOCKWOOD BRYONIE PRITCHARD as DR. SALLY ARNOLD REECE SHEARSMITH as DR. DAN MATTHEWS GEORGE TELFER as WINSLET and ANDREW FETTES as SERGEANT RAMSAY PRODUCED by BILL BAGGS DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS UNIT created by DERRICK SHERWIN AUTON and NESTENE concepts created by ROBERT HOLMES BBV 16 - "AUTON" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (57 mins) Released: August 1997 Re-Released: March 1998 Part One of THE AUTON TRILOGY "Your death certificates have already been prepared by UNIT..." The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce was set up to tackle human contact with the extraterrestrial and paranormal - especially when that contact proved dangerous. But when the battles were over, when the top-secret `clean-ups' had been completed, where was all the alien technology taken? The Warehouse... UNIT's highly classified storage and research establishment. Here lie the dead, forgotten relics of past battles and encounters. But what happens when one of those relics is reactivated? UNIT has only one way of dealing with its mistakes. The Containment Team has been summoned... and the outcome is far from certain... Co-stars VERONA CHARD as JANICE ROY HUGHES, GABRIEL MYKAJ, MIKE PARRY, DAVID RINGWOOD and RICHARD SMITH as UNIT SOLDIERS JOHN AINSWORTH, GARETH BAGGS, BLAINE COUGHLAN and DAVID RINGWOOD as AUTONS The writer/director NICHOLAS BRIGGS is well known to watchers of the previous BBV productions, both as a writer and an actor. AUTON was originally written as a sequel to REELTIME PICTURES "DOWNTIME" and set to feature THE BRIGADIER, his daughter KATE and CAPTAIN CAVENDISH. NICHOLAS COURTNEY had to drop out due to ill health and the script was completely rewritten for a new set of characters. The film has also been re-released on the REELTIME PICTURES label, this time accompanied by a documentary, "THE MAKING OF AUTON." BBV 17 - "AUTON 2: SENTINEL" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 60 mins) Released: July 1998 Re-released: March 1999 Part Two of THE AUTON TRILOGY Deliver to us... Evil Two years have passed since the Nestene creature vanished from UNIT's top secret Warehouse when it suddenly strikes, once again Using Autons as its deadly foot soldiers. Mysterious UNIT Operative Lockwood is joined in battle by Natasha Alexander, a scientific adviser with her own sinister agenda. Co-stars JO CASTLETON as NATASHA ALEXANDER JOHN WADMORE as COLONEL WILSON WARREN HOWARD as DARON PATRICIA MERRICK as CHARLOTTE NICHOLAS BRIGGS as MIKE JOHN HANSELL as DAVIS JOHN HAWKINS as HARDGRAVES WARREN HOWARD as DARON DAVID ROWSTON as DAVE JAYSON BRIDGES, KEITH BROOKS, STEPHEN BRADSHAW, VAUGHAN GROVES, MARK MOORE, GABRIEL MYKAJ, RICHARD SMITH and BLAINE COUGHLIN as UNIT SOLDIERS STEVEN FRIEL, PETER TRAPANI, PETE COX, ROD HORNE, ALEXANDER WYLIE, JOHN WALKER, MARK JENDE, MATTHEW BRADFORD, IAN TAYLOR, PHILIP CLARKE, RANDALPH EDWARDS, LORAINE MALBY, PETER FRANKUM, KEITH BURTON, ROBERT DUNLOP, CAROLINE O'SULLIVAN, THOMAS O'SULLIVAN and ANDREW HASLEY as VILLAGERS plus "AUTON 2 UNCOVERED: THE MAKING OF AUTON 2" A unique behind the scenes report featuring interviews with the Cast and crew. Previously titled AUTON 2: THE RAPTURE. Set two years after the original film, AUTON 2 director NICHOLAS BRIGGS promises "more action and a slightly lighter touch" than the first. Filming took place from May 9th and, unlike its predecessor, was recorded on location. This is a different script to "IN THE BLOOD" (or "ACTIV-8" as NICK titled it until he heard that was the name of a programme on Childrens BBC) that was originally touted as the second part of the AUTON trilogy. This tale of Autons and drug addiction proved unusable when the original cast of the trilogy was changed. It would have been written by newcomer TIM SAWARD (Based on a story by NICHOLAS BRIGGS) and directed by BBC Restoration Team member, PAUL VANEZIS. This was only in the planning stages for a matter of weeks - although TIM managed to produce a couple of drafts during that time. TIM SAWARD was later commissioned by BILL BAGGS to produce a new sequel script based on the new characters, however this was dropped as NICHOLAS BRIGGS holds the copyright on the characters of LOCKWOOD and co and preferred to write the new script himself. The full script to "IN THE BLOOD" is available from TIM SAWARD's website at http://www.bbv1.demon.co.uk/homepage.html The 1999 re-release features documentary footage of the production Originally shown on the SCI-FI CHANNEL EUROPE. BBV 18 - "AUTON 3:" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. ?? mins) Released: *FORTHCOMING* LATE 1998 Part Three of THE AUTON TRILOGY Co-stars (Casting to be confirmed) The script is currently in development. # 1.11 Who are THE TIME TRAVELLERS? THE TIME TRAVELLERS are a mysterious traveller in time and space and his young female assistant who appear in a series of audio dramas released on CD as part of the "AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE" series.. When we are first introduced to them they are known as THE PROFESSOR and ACE, but they take new names when they become concerned they are being followed and are now known as THE DOMINIE and ALICE. THE DOMINIE is played by SYLVESTER McCOY and ALICE by SOPHIE ALDRED. The name THE DOMINIE was suggested by SYLVESTER MCCOY himself and is taken from an ancient scottish word meaning "teacher." Other contenders for the name were THE PHILOSOPHER (Again suggested by SYLV) and UNCLE (Suggested by Assistant Producer JOHN AINSWORTH). The name ALICE was suggested by fan ERIN TUMILTY at the VISIONS '98 convention (alongside several other suggestions). The name SOPHIE was also under serious consideration. # 1.12 What adventures feature THE TIME TRAVELLERS? AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE: THE TIME TRAVELLERS Starring SYLVESTER McCOY as THE PROFESSOR/THE DOMINIE and SOPHIE ALDRED as ACE/ALICE PRODUCED by BILL BAGGS 1. "REPUBLICA" by MARK GATISS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS Released: April 1998 The Professor and Ace arrive in present day London to find the city strangely changed. England is a republic, ruled by an elderly Lord Protector more interested in a mysterious comet than the long-suppressed forces of revolution fermenting in his kingdom. As political factions vie for power, the travellers become embroiled in the plans of King Charles XIV who stands poised to reclaim the throne. Can they discover who is behind the drastic alteration of history or will the Puritan cause triumph throughout eternity? Co-Stars JOHN WADMORE as LE COMPTE ANDREW FETTES as DEVLIN BRYONIE PRITCHARD as SOMERSET MICHAEL WADE as LAMBERT GEORGE TELFER as KING CHARLES JOHN AINSWORTH as EQUERRY and also starring ALISTAIR LOCK Recorded at the IGA Studios during April 1998. 2. "ISLAND OF LOST SOULS" by MARK GATISS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: April 1998 It is the time of the Second World War, and all is not well at a top secret research base in Greenland. The British have been testing a new device which could bring about a swift end to the war with Germany - but the trials have gone disastrously wrong. When the Professor and Ace arrive, they encounter an isolated community not only under threat from it's human enemies, but stalked by a horrifying menace with a voracious appetite for survival. Co-Stars JULIA RIGHTON as GUDRUN NICHOLAS BRIGGS as HENDRIX JOHN WADMORE as CONNOR DAVID BRACKEN as OLUFFSON MARK GATISS as KELL ANTHONY BUTLER as HAUSER Previously titled LORDS OF THE SILENCE, it was recorded at the IGA Studios during April 1998. 3. "PROSPERITY ISLAND" by TIM SAWARD (Approx. 145 mins) DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS and TIM SAWARD Released: July 1998 "Now comes the time! Now the reckoning!" MILLANNO: a holiday planet of extreme wealth and extreme leisure - on one side. The other side of the planet teems with politicians, administrators, and also criminals. When the Professor and Ace decide to take a holiday, they are unwillingly pitched into a battle for supremacy on the planet. Separated and suddenly finding themselves on the lost and lonely Isle of Prosperity, they must find each other. But standing in their way is the determination of a mysterious figure from the past to reclaim the Directorship of the planet. As the Professor and Ace explore, a picture begins to emerge of a corrupt past, of political double-dealing, betrayal and vengeance. Who is Milo, the psychokinetic youth who inhabits the island? Who is Gabriel, who sounds like a machine, but talks like a schoolmaster? And who is the earthy Calida, and why is she out for revenge? A dramatic meeting of old enemies can no longer be postponed, and there is no way off the island! Co-stars PETER MILES as PROJOY POLLY PRITCHETT as ANTOINETTE ADAM BAMPTON-SMITH as MILO/SUBDIRECTOR TIM SAWARD as GABRIEL DAN RILEY as STEPHEN CLARE MACMILLAN as CALIDA/GOMERA ALISTAIR LOCK as BASTIEN Recorded at the IGA Studios at the beginning of June 1998. The full script for "PROSPERITY ISLAND" is avaiable at TIM SAWARD's website. (see above) Working titles included "PRO-JOY" and "A DRYER DEATH." 4. "THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS" by MARK DUNCAN (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS Released: September 1998 In a solo adventure, Ace finds herself separated from the Professor, marooned, blind and cared for by a mysterious stranger. How did she get there? Who is Dorsai? What secret is he hiding? Co-stars MILES RICHARDSON as DORSAI JOHN AINSWORTH as COMPUTER This is the first of a pair of solo adventures for ACE with appearances by SYLVESTER McCOY in clips from the previous plays. Recording took place on 28th August, 1998. Working title for this play was "THE DORSAI COMPANION." 5. "THE OTHER SIDE" by MARK DUNCAN (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS Released: September 1998 When Ace is apparently killed and her dead Nan appears, to help her cross over to 'the other side'. Faced with her own internal demons, how long can she cling to life? And what is 'the other side'? Co-stars BARBARA SHELLEY as ACE'S NAN JANE BURKE as NADIA JACK GALAGHER as THE PARAMEDIC and also starring JOHN AINSWORTH and ALISTAIR LOCK As well as being a stalwart of the Hammer Horror movies, BARBARA SHELLEY previously appeared in BBV's "MORE THAN A MESSIAH." Recording took place on 28th August, 1998. The working title for this play was "MORTAL COIL." 6. "GUESTS FOR THE NIGHT" by NIGEL FAIRS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NIGEL FAIRS Released: November 1998 In search of the legendary 'Point of Stillness', the Professor and Ace find themselves in an old house, steeped in evil. Who is the ancient woman in the attic? Why are there so many clocks? And did the butler really do it? Co-stars OLIVER BRADSHAW as WEBSTER MAX DAY as DANIEL CATHERINE DEBENHAM-TAYLOR as CECILY NIGEL FAIRS as HAROLD JULIA AKERMAN as NANNY Recording took place on 7th September, 1998. 10. "GHOSTS" by NIGEL FAIRS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NIGEL FAIRS Released: February 1999 The death of a nameless traveller on a flight to the volcanic Hedistic islands would seem to have been natural. But when his young friend starts her own murder investigation, she uncovers a plot which threatens the safety of the entire planet... Co-Stars TOBY EDDINGTON as PRESIDENT MAXINGTON CAROLINE BURNS-COOKE as JAQUOS JOE YOUNG as SAUL JACKIE SKARVELLIS as BETTY JOHN CORMACK as BRIGGS NIGEL FAIRS as WOLL-LEE TOBY EDDINGTON is the son of the late PAUL EDDINGTON (best known for his role as JIM HACKER in YES, MINISTER and YES PRIME MINISTER.) The part of JAQUOS was originally written for JACQUELINE "SERVALAN/CHESSENE" PEARCE. JOE YOUNG appeared in the DOCTOR WHO story, "PARADISE TOWERS" as the junior caretaker who is 'taken to the cleaners' in the first scene. Originally scheduled to be recorded on 18th November, but postponed due to the illness of SOPHIE ALDRED and eventually recorded on 15th December. 12. "ONLY HUMAN" by MARK J. THOMPSON (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by MARK J. THOMPSON Released: April 1999 Why won't Alice reveal her real reason for wanting to return home? What is the truth of the planet covered in blood? What terrifying secrets does the castle hold? And who or what is Vixxy? As events unfold, a simple visit to Earth becomes a growing Nightmare and the time travellers find themselves caught in a complex web of time, space and emotions - with no choice but to see it through to its chilling conclusion. Co-Stars JO PHILLIPS-LANE as SAMANTHA SAMMIE WINMILL as VIXXY PETER DEAN as REG GARY HAILES as KARSIUS ONLY HUMAN is an EASTENDERS reunion with appearances by PETER DEAN (Market trader PETE BEALE) and GARY HAILES (who played barrow boy BARRY) The story also features one-time member of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE SAMMIE WINMILL. 14. "BLOOD SPORTS" by NIGEL FAIRS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NIGEL FAIRS Released: May 1999 Travelling on the luxary train service to Vienzza, The Dominie and Alice discover that one of their fellow passengers is a killer... but which one? As time runs out and the body count begins to rise, the Time Travelllers realise that things may not be all they seem. Co-stars JACKIE SKAVELLIS as BETTY DURHAM BERNARD KAY as SID DURHAM KEITH DRINKLE as BALONEY ANDREW LAYCOCK as LEACH JOHN CORMACK as ZAGESS JO CASTLETON as DJALA ??. "THE GATHERING" by MARK DUNCAN (Approx. 120 mins) DIRECTED by ???? Released: FORTHCOMING This special story will feature more than one actor in the role of THE DOMINIE. The script is written, but as of the end of 1998 it is on indefinite hold, although it is likely to be produced sooner or later. # 1.13 Who is THE WANDERER? THE WANDERER is a space traveller who, during one particular misadventure, lost his memory and was dubbed "FRED." After regaining his memory he decided that after the many tragedies of his life it was time for a new start and a new name, so "FRED" was adopted more permanently. He travels in a ship that apparently doesn't look much like a space ship. "FRED" is played by NICHOLAS BRIGGS. (There are certain obvious similarities between "FRED" and THE DOCTOR and there are certain references to the fan-made AUDIO VISUALS DOCTOR WHO audio dramas (which featured NICK as THE DOCTOR) to suggest that "FRED" and THE (AUDIO VISUALS) DOCTOR are one and the same.) # 1.14 What adventures feature THE WANDERER? AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE: THE WANDERER Starring NICHOLAS BRIGGS as FRED PRODUCED by BILL BAGGS 7. "CYBER HUNT" by MARTIN PETERSON (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: November 1998 A Cyber War rages throughout the galaxy. The Earth-aligned worlds are fighting for survival against the cold, emotionless might of the Cyber Bloc - an alliance of planets whose inhabitants have undergone cybernetic conversion in the name of racial superiority. Award-winning journalist Olivia is reporting from the front-line, when all her assumptions about the Cyber War are shattered, not only by a terrifying encounter with the enemy, but by the arrival of a wise and mysterious traveller. The result is a deadly Cyber-Hunt, in which human and machine creature are tested to the limit and the balance of galactic power is at stake. Co-Stars HELEN BANG as OLIVIA ANDREW FETTES as CAPTAIN HALLORAN ROBERT BOOLE as CYCOM ANDREW JAMES DICKENS as SERGEANT GRANGE STEPHEN FRANKLIN as STEVENS DAVID SAX as CYBERON MARTIN PETERSON does not exist and is yet another example of NICHOLAS BRIGGS being modest about his achievements. Recording took place on 16th October, 1998 in Fulham. 11. "VITAL SIGNS" by TIM SAWARD (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: February 1999 In search of lost memories, the traveller known as "Fred" makes his way to the Museum of Universal History and Cosmographies, on the carefully controlled planet of Ephestus. Things, however, are not as they should be. The weather is unseasonably snowy, and worse, strange wolf-like creatures have been seen at the perimeters of the capital city. With the wolves becoming ever bolder and the conditions ever more difficult, Fred makes for the museum which he is sure holds the answer to the mystery... Co-Stars JACK GALAGHER as KEVIN RICHARD FRANKLIN as CELLAX ANDREA NEWLAND as ANDORA LOUISE MORELL as PHOEBE WILL WARRIOR as MURPHY ??. "WARLORDS" by MARTIN PETERSON (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: FORTHCOMING This script and "THE WANDERER" series are on hiatus while NICHOLAS BRIGGS works on other projects including AUTON 3 and the new DOCTOR WHO audio drama "THE SIRENS OF TIME." # 1.15 What are the "ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE"? "ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE" is set in the universe of Ecto-space and features the further adventures of the one-time companion of THE DOCTOR, robot-dog K9 and his MISTRESS. The parts are voiced by JOHN LEESON and LALLA WARD. # 1.16 What "ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE" are there? AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE: ADVENTURES IN A POCKET UNIVERSE Starring LALLA WARD as THE MISTRESS and JOHN LEESON as K9 13. "THE CHOICE" by NIGEL FAIRS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NIGEL FAIRS Released: April 1999 After successfully opposing slavery in the pocket-universe of Ecto-Space, K9 and his Mistress are treated to a life of luxury as the revered guests of Emperor Lukor. However, a life of decadence soon pales for the travellers and after making a hurried departure they discover a society of diseased cave dwellers who are dominated by their unseen masters who they worship as gods. Experience tells the Mistress and K9 that things are not all that they seem and, in a bid to unearth the truth, they place themselves in deadly peril. Co-Stars KEITH DRINKLE as EMPEROR LUKOR OLIVER BRADSHAW as COURT HISTORIAN BERNARD KAY as BURNS MAGGIE STABLES as LENORA NEIL BULL as NATHANIEN 16. "THE SEARCH" by MARK DUNCAN (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by BILL BAGGS Released: FORTHCOMING June 1999 To maintain their vessel, the Mistress and K9 must locate a sustainable power source and e-space-compatible technology - or lose the ability to time travel forever. Their answer lies within an ancient derelict Dyson sphere. But all is not as its seems, and the arrival of alien archaeologists from planet Herta, searching for evidence of the ancient, brings further danger. Co-Stars GRAEME DU-FRESNE as KIMMEL/VULICH BRYONIE PRITCHARD as JORA MIKE MCCORMACK as CALOYER 1.17 What other "AUDIO ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE" are there? 15. "ZYGONS: HOMELAND" by PAUL DEARING (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: FORTHCOMING England, 1989, and the United Nations Military is curious about the activities of Andrew Molton, owner of the massive Geo company. The only problem is that Mr Molton proves very difficult to get hold of. Two men working for the UN - the Colonel and scientist Guy Dean - have very different methods of facing the enemy: Dean's rash and risky; the Colonel's forceful and violent. When it emerges the real plot is unfolding on the other side of the world, the race is on to avert a catastrophe that threatens the Earth. Only one method can triumph over the Zygons. Starring JOHN ALBASINY as GUY DEAN ANDREW FETTES as THE COLONEL KIRSTY YATES as JULIE NICHOLAS BRIGGS as THE CAPTAIN DANIEL GABRIELE as ANDREW MOLTON SUSAN TRAVERS as MORAG KENNETH J. BENTLEY as JAMES ARTHUR WALLIS and DAVID SAX as ZYGONS ZYGONS created by ROBERT BANKS STEWART The redesigned ZYGONS that appear on the CD packaging and in the advertising on the website and in DWM are plasticine models created by STEVEN JOHNSON (also known as THE DOCTOR in the SEASON 27 fan-made DOCTOR WHO audio dramas.) What is less apparent about the ZYGON model is that its eyes were borrowed from another source, THE DOMINIE himself, SYLVESTER McCOY. ??. "ZYGONS: ABSOLUTION" by PAUL EBBS (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by NICHOLAS BRIGGS Released: FORTHCOMING The Zygons attempt to infiltrate a colony run by a religious cult. Starring TO BE CONFIRMED ZYGONS created by ROBERT BANKS STEWART Although ABSOLUITION is his first professionally produced script PAUL EBBS work will be familiar to the followers of the SEASON 27 fan-made DOCTOR WHO audio series and various fanzines including charity fiction anthology PERFECT TIMING. ??. "THE SONTARAN WAY" by ???? (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by ???? Released: FORTHCOMING A new adventure featuring the SONTARANS. Starring TO BE CONFIRMED SONTARANS created by ROBERT HOLMES ??. "TO BE CONFIRMED" by LANCE PARKIN (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by ???? Released: FORTHCOMING Starring TO BE CONFIRMED KRYNOID created by ROBERT BANKS STEWART A tale featuring the KRYNOID from the DOCTOR WHO story "THE SEEDS OF DOOM." ??. "TO BE CONFIRMED" by PIP and JANE BAKER (Approx. 60 mins) DIRECTED by ???? Released: FORTHCOMING Starring TO BE CONFIRMED An adventure featuring THE RANI who first appeared opposite COLIN BAKER's DOCTOR in the DOCTOR WHO story "THE MARK OF THE RANI." 1.18 Are there any other video productions by the same people? Yes. BBV 4 - "THE AIRZONE SOLUTION" by NICHOLAS BRIGGS (Approx. 65 mins) Released: ???? 1993 An environmental catastrophe looms. Toxic Air alerts are ever more frequent and disturbing changes in the climate seem irreversible. The government's latest solution has been to hire the services of the Airzone Corporation. But why is the situation not improving? Cuddly TV Weatherman Arnold Davies does not concern himself with such weighty issues. However, unbeknown to him an ancient power is about to turn his cosy life upside down and pitch him into a struggle to preserve the Earth itself. Bewildered and reluctantly teamed with an environmental activist, Anthony Stanwick, and an infamous TV reporter, Al Dunbar, Arnie must strive against the odds to expose a terrifying conspiracy. While, never too far away, Dunbar's mysterious mentor, Oliver Trethewy, keeps a watchful eye. Ghastly experiments, hidden agendas and questionable loyalties all come into play before Arnie can uncover the truth about the Airzone Solution. Starring COLIN BAKER as ARNIE DAVIES PETER DAVISON as AL DUNBAR SYLVESTER MCCOY as ANTHONY STANWYCK JON PERTWEE as OLIVER TRETHEWY NICOLA BRYANT as ELENYA BROWN MICHAEL WISHER as SIR RICHARD ALLENBY MP NICHOLAS BRIGGS as SAM FLINT HEATHER BARKER as RACHEL LONSDALE BERNADETTE GEPHEART as ROBIN ARCHER ALAN CUMMING as MACNAMARA QUENTIN RAYNER as QUENTIN EMMA HILL as POLLY GARY RUSSELL as DETECTIVE AIRZONE was a replacement for a Stranger script entitled HOOKWIRE (sometimes referred to as DOCTOR WHO AND THE FORMENTORS), written by PHILLIP (VAROS/MINDWARP) MARTIN, which proved unsuitable. Look out for a brief cameo from BILL BAGGS as an Airzone laboratory technician. Also, while BBV is well known for casting from well- known actors of the past, "THE AIRZONE SOLUTION" features an appearance by ALAN CUMMING who would go on to appear as Russian Computer Hacker and lecherous git BORIS in the 17th James Bond movie, "GOLDENEYE." AUDIO VISUALS fans may recognise the name of NICHOLAS BRIGGS character as the writer of some of the AUDIO VISUALS DOCTOR WHO audio plays, including SWORD OF ORION and SUBTERFUGE. Well, yet again we uncover another of NICK BRIGGS many pseudonyms. BBV 5 - "STRANGER THAN FICTION" (Approx. 45 mins) Released: ???? 1994 PRESENTED by GARY RUSSELL DIRECTED by ARTHUR WALLIS BBV 9 - "STRANGER THAN FICTION II" (Approx. 45 mins) Released: ???? 1994 PRESENTED by MARK GATISS BBV 15 - "STRANGER THAN FICTION III" (Approx. 45 mins) Released: November 1996 Three videos showing the making of various BBV productions including behind the scenes shots, unused footage and interviews with the stars.
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