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Embrace the Darkness
Title: Embrace the Darkness
Series: Audio Adventures
Recorded: 22 Jan 2001 - 26 Jan 2001
Prod Code: 8J
Seq No: 31
Type: CD
  Source: Type40 Doctor Who
Date Added: 26 Jun 2002
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2004
Occurance: 1 - Embrace the Darkness
Company: Big Finish
Release Date: 29 Apr 2002
ISBN: 1 903654 60 2
Catalog Code: BFPDWCD8J
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Availabilty: Exists
Link: Big Finish
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Source: Type40 Doctor Who
Date Added: 26 Jun 2002
Last Updated: 31 Jan 2004
The Doctor and Charley travel to the remote Cimmerian System to unravel the mystery of its sun. But darkness has already embraced the scientific base on Cimmeria IV in more ways than one.

In a fight for survival, the Doctor must use all his wits against a deadly artificial life-form and an ancient race whose return to the Cimmerian System threatens suffering and death on an apocalyptic scale.
MY TWO MAIN AIMS IN writing Embrace the Darkness was to create a scary story and a story that could only work on audio.  As it turned out, those two aims fed well off each other.  If it's totally pitch black, the main sense the characters rely on is hearing.  As listeners of an audio play, that's all we have; so immediately the listeners' experience gets that much closer to the characters'.  There is, hopefully, more a sense of sharing an experience rather than just hearing it.

As for the scary side of things, the darkness and the audio medium both allow for a level of gruesome content which would perhaps not sit so well in the Doctor Who genre visually.  Unpleasant things that make us squirm can happen without a blatant visual representation of them turning the preceedings into 'shock-horror'.  Here, audio allowed me to deal with terrors of the mind rather than revulsion at the visceral.  Well, that's the theory, anyway...

In practice, the story was recorded during one of the worst weeks of my life; featuring a costly road traffic accident, terrifying personal relationship traumas and the mother of all colds.  Maybe some of that darkness is in there too.

This is the first story I've written and directed for Big Finish for which I haven't handled the post-production editing and music.  Unfortunately, Dalek Empire (or my 'concept album' as it has been humorously called by writer Paul Ebbs) crowded out my schedule.  Luckily for me, this log-jam coincided with my old friend Jim Mortimore expressing an interest in returning to audio.  Jim and I worked together for many years on the Audio Visuals plays, so it was great to see him back, bristling with new audio ideas.  If he were writing this, he would no doubt tell you that it was no picnic working with me.  I have a strong sense of what I want to achieve in any work I do, and having someone else (for a change) essentially re-interpreting something that was firmly fixed in my imagination was difficult for me... and, as a result, for him too.  Put simply, Jim just hasn't done it the way I would have.  What he has done, however, is very new, very different and very exciting.  He never believes me when I tell him, but Jim has a touch of the genius about him.  I hope you will be able to embrace the darkness he and I have created.

Nicholas Briggs, January 2002
Disc Seq Title Dur'n Notes
1 1 Untitled 30" 17' The Doctor is intent on investigating an ancient mystery. But the mystery has already turned into an emergency, which means the Doctor and Charley are heading straight into trouble.
1 2 Untitled 35" 5' Alien particles are flooding the base; but escape may be a dangerous option. Meanwhile ROSM is experiencing dire difficulties of his own.
1 3 Untitled 27" 18' The Doctor has a plan to banish the darkness - but will he be too late?
1 4 Untitled 32" 18' The return of the ancients... The ROSM's systems appear to be functioning normally; but the Doctor may have made a terrible mistake.

Type Person Role
Doctors Paul McGann Doctor 8
Companions India Fisher Charley Pollard
Additional Cast Ian Brooker ROSM
  Mark McDonnell Haliard
  Lee Moone Ferras
  Nicola Boyce Orllensa
Crew Nicholas Briggs Music
  Nicholas Briggs Director
  Nicholas Briggs Writer

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