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The Mutant Phase
Title: The Mutant Phase
Series: Audio Adventures
Recorded: 22 Sep 2000 - 23 Sep 2000
Prod Code: 6C/C
Seq No: 15
Type: CD
  Source: Type40 Doctor Who
Date Added: 1 Jan 2001
Last Updated: 31 Jan 2004
   
Versions:  
Occurance: 1 - The Mutant Phase
Company: Big Finish
Release Date: 18 Dec 2000
ISBN: 1 903654 21 1
Catalog Code: BFPDWCD6CC
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
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In the 22nd century, the Daleks have occupied planet Earth.  By the 43rd century, only a handful of humans survive.  Still further into the distant future, a Thal scientist must choose whether to betray his heritage, or see the universe destroyed.

When the Doctor and Nyssa find themselves trapped in this deadly chain of events, they must decide who their real enemies are.  What is certain, however, is that no matter where the Doctor turns... his arch enemies, the Daleks, will be waiting for him.

What could possibly be worse that that?  The Mutant Phase…
Notes:
Many Doctor Who authors have complained over the years about how dreadful the Daleks are to write for.  But to my mind, their single-minded lust for power through the most ruthless means possible makes for the most fantastically nasty dialogue and outrageously evil plots.

That said, my central idea here was to explore a slightly different role for the Daleks, by posing the questios: "What if there was something even more terrifying than the Daleks?  And what if the Daleks were frightened of that?"

Immediately, the Daleks are forced to think in a different way, and, more importantly, the Doctor's relationship with them changes.  Furthermore, the problem for the Daleks is that they just want to be their normal, menacing, psychotic selves, exterminating people; but now they're the ones who have to think themselves out of a scary situation.

It was very nearly my idea of heaven to work on the previous two Dalek stories - directing, doing the music, getting a sore throat making Dalek noises - but this time, having the chance to write the script as well has made the whole experience an absolute delight.  If you experience only a fraction of the fun listening to this story that I've had creating it, you should still be in for a rip-roaring time.

Quick, hide!  Here come the Daleks!

Nick Briggs, October 2000
Parts
Disc Seq Title Dur'n Notes
1 1 Untitled 31" 52' Thal scientists come face to face with a terrifying force of destruction. Meanwhile, the Doctor suspects the involvement of an old and deadly enemy.
1 2 Untitled 28" 59' The Doctor is determined to discover the truth about the devestation of Earth. But time is running out, as the Daleks move ever closer.
1 3 Untitled 31" 38' As the specimen mutant creature breaks free on Earth, the Doctor is summoned to Skaro for an audience with the Dalek Emperor.
1 4 Untitled 28" 18' Travelling back in time, the Doctor must save the universe from a foe which even the Daleks fear. But the Emperor has plans of his own…

People
Type Person Role
Doctors Peter Davison Doctor 5
Companions Sarah Sutton Nyssa
Enemies Alistair Lock Dalek
  Nicholas Briggs Dalek
Additional Cast Mark Gatiss Karl Hendryk
  Christopher Blake Ptolem
  Jared Morgan Ganatus
  Andrew Ryan Albert
  Sara Wakefield Delores
Crew Nicholas Briggs Director
  Nicholas Briggs Writer
  Alistair Lock CD Mastering
  Jacqueline Rayner Executive Producer
  Nicholas Briggs Music
  Nicholas Briggs Post Production
  Ron Grainer Theme Arrangement
  Delia Derbyshire Theme Music
  Mark Ayers Theme Mastering
  Clayton Hickman Cover Artist
  John Ainsworth Press
  Gary Russell Producer
  Jason Haigh-Ellery Producer
  Alistair Lock Recording

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