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The Land of the Dead
Title: The Land of the Dead
Series: Audio Adventures
Recorded: 24 Jul 1999 - 25 Jul 1999
Prod Code: 6C/A
Seq No: 4
Type: CD
  Source: Type40 Doctor Who
Date Added: 1 Jan 2001
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2004
Occurance: 1 - The Land of the Dead
Company: Big Finish
Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
Catalog Code: BFPDWCD6CA
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Availabilty: Exists
Link: Big Finish
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Source: Type40 Doctor Who
Date Added: 1 Jan 2001
Last Updated: 31 Jan 2004
Landing in Alaska, the Doctor and Nyssa encounter a group of people in a most unusual house, cut off not only by the harsh climate but by their individual secrets and obsessions.

Millionaire Shaun Brett is utilising chunks of the local area to construct a shrine to his dead father.  But when deadly creatures start roaming outside, and a terrifying discovery is made inside the house, the Doctor realises that Brett has unleashed an unimaginably ancient force.
A combination of unforeseen events and shifting schedules left me with only a week to come up with the scripts for The Land of the Dead.  Luckily, a friend had just edited a book about mythology, and I'd had a quick read through.  The gory Inuit story of Sedna the sea spirit stuck in my mind and that, combined with research I'd been doing into the prehistoric world for a range of BBC dinosaur books, gave me a few ideas and inspired the Alaskan setting.

Of course, it never occurred to me when writing the thing that casting a fifty-year-old Eskimo character might be a little tricky!  Luckily Andrew Fettes rose to the challenge, and indeed all the cast seemed to have fun during the hectic weekend of recording.  But the real thrill of the proceedings was seeing Sarah Sutton and Peter Davison back together.  Sarah recreated Nyssa as if she'd been away a couple of days, not sixteen years, and Peter, as ever, excelled at maintaining the frenzied sense of rising panic he brought across so well on screen.  His theory that the character of Monica Lewis was actually Monica Lewinsky incognito in Alaska to avoid publicity, whilst not 100% convincing, certainly had us all entertained.

You know, it really is enormous fun, making Doctor Who.

Stephen Cole, July 1999
Disc Seq Title Dur'n Notes
1 1 Untitled 31" 8' The TARDIS materialises on Earth in 1964, hovering just above the Alaskan ice-fields - narrowly avoiding a collision with a two man aeroplane. Thirty years further on, the Doctor makes some disturbing connections.
1 2 Untitled 30" 13' Brett's house seems to be the focus for some kind of primeval energy. There are creatures being born, and other being awoken - all of which seem to be inimical to human life.
1 3 Untitled 25" 33' While Nyssa and Tulung are trapped in the snowy Alaskan wastes, Monica and the Doctor must face the ancient terror within Brett's house - while Brett himself nears the end of his long search for truth…
1 4 Untitled 27" 50' The secrets of the Permians lie buried within the Alaskan permafrost. While Brett and Tulung struggle to face their pasts, the Doctor must curtail the Permians' future…

Type Person Role
Doctors Peter Davison Doctor 5
Companions Sarah Sutton Nyssa
Additional Cast Christopher Scott Shaun Brett
  Alistair Lock Supplier
  Neil Roberts Tulung
  Andrew Fettes Gaborik
  Lucy Campbell Monica Lewis
Crew Alistair Lock Recording
  Harvey Summers CD Mastering
  Jacqueline Rayner Production Assistant
  Jason Haigh-Ellery Photographer
  Ron Grainer Theme Music
  Delia Derbyshire Theme Arrangement
  Gary Russell Producer
  Stephen Cole Executive Producer
  Jason Haigh-Ellery Producer
  Peri Godbold Cover Artist
  Nicholas Briggs Music
  Gary Russell Director
  Stephen Cole Writer
  Mark Ayers Theme Mastering

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