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The First Doctor Adventures

Volume Two

AUDIO DRAMA

Coming Soon

Tom Webster’s artwork for the second volume of The First Doctor Adventures.

David Bradley is back as the Doctor for two more audio adventures. He’s once more joined by Claudia Grant, Jamie Glover and Jemma Powell from 2013’s An Adventure in Space and Time as the Doctor’s original companions.

First up is John Dorney’s The Invention of Death, a story set on a planet of immortals to whom the time-travellers introduce the concept of dying. “I wanted to do something that was very removed from humanity,” explains John. “The sci-fi stories in the First Doctor era are all so alien.”

Inspiration came from a novel called The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe. “It’s about a woman who lives on a futuristic Earth where people just aren’t dying anymore, because most of the diseases have been eradicated,” says John. “There’s a woman who gets to be a major celebrity because she is one of few people to be ill enough to actually end up dying, and I thought that was an interesting set-up to look into: what if there was a planet where nobody died?

“It started me thinking about various notions I’d had in the last few years about death, and how death works in our lives,” he continues. “I think it’s a really important motivator. Death gives us the determination to pass something on, the determination to make something of what we do. I got into thinking philosophically about death, and how a planet without death wouldn’t really need to be doing anything ever. It seemed like a really interesting starting point for a Doctor Who story from that period.

“So the Ashtallans are living largely in the pursuit of pleasure. They mainly play games, rest and enjoy their lives. There are a couple who are beginning to develop an interest in science – but mainly just as something to be filling the time with, rather than any particularly noble pursuit – and they’re the main two guest characters in it. We start looking into them, and we see how they’re changed by the Doctor and his companions.”

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TOM BAKER REVISITS HIS FIRST SERIES AS THE DOCTOR IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. Also in this issue... ROGER MURRAY-LEACH An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who. THE HOLMES MASTER PLAN How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series. KEVIN LINDSAY The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment. BREWING UP The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976. GEORGIA TENNANT The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008. JESSICA MARTIN Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic. NEW FACES The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public. THE TIME TEAM It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010. THE CLOCKWISE WAR Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross. PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!