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AUDIO DRAMA

Tom Webster’s cover art for Susan’s War.

Susan’s War

“The funny thing about All Hands on Deck was: I wrote it with the intention that, chronologically, it would be Susan’s last story,” says its writer, Eddie Robson. “Not that it would close off ever using Carole Ann Ford, but that if you put all Susan’s appearances in Big Finish Doctor Who stuff end to end, that would be the last one. I was quite surprised when quite a few people’s immediate reaction on hearing it was, ‘Oh, I’d love to hear what happened next…’”

Released in 2017, All Hands on Deck was built upon many previous stories about Susan, the Doctor’s granddaughter and original travelling companion. On screen, we’d seen the First Doctor lock her out of the TARDIS, leaving her to begin a new life on a world preparing to rebuild after an alien occupation (1964’s The Dalek Invasion of Earth). On audio, we’d met her teenage son Alex, and they’d both become important parts of the Eighth Doctor’s life (beginning in 2009’s An Earthly Child). And then we listened in horror as the Daleks returned, with Alex among the ensuing casualties (2011’s To the Death).

All Hands on Deck saw the Eighth Doctor reunite with a still-devastated Susan at the outbreak of the Time War. He wanted her to ignore her call-up papers and travel with him again, but she - in an inversion of their first parting - took the decision out of his hands, locking him out and accepting the summons.

“A lot of people did read it as obviously setting up a series,” Eddie continues. “It really wasn’t intended to. But Ian Atkins, who produced it, liked the idea, and was quite keen to run with the stuff that it set up. He came to me and said, ‘I want to show how the series would work, so could you rough out a story for a first episode so we get a sense of what the series would be?’”

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RRP £24.99 (CD), £19.99 (download)

RELEASED April

Written by Alan Barnes, Simon Guerrier, Lou Morgan, Eddie Robson

STARRING

Susan Carole Ann Ford

Ian Chesterton William Russell

The Daleks Nicholas Briggs

Veklin Beth Chalmers

Rasmus Damian Lynch

The Doctor Paul McGann

Lamarius Franchi Webb

Two of the eponymous aliens from The Sensorites (1964).

“The first story is very much a diplomatic mission, because Susan and Ian have met the Sensorites before.”

MATT FITTON

Ian also suggested making this pilot story a sequel to 1964’s The Sensorites. “I love The Sensorites,” says Eddie. “There have been odd little appearances of the Sensorites in other things, but very few, and there’s never been a proper sequel, so I was quite thrilled to be asked to do it.”

A present-day Ian Chesterton, who travelled with the First Doctor and Susan, was added following the first draft. “So it was a sequel to The Sensorites starring both the surviving members of the regular cast from that time,” says Eddie. “It did feel really like it was picking up a lot of the stuff from where that left off .”

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