February 16, 2015 at 7:49 am #1573Earl’s previous regenerationSpectator
Even on audio, this was something Colin Baker said he was happy to simply not do: an exit story for the sixth Doctor. However, with McGann and even John Hurt having regenerated in 2013, he was left as the sole Doctor with no fixed end-point; matters were confused by the fact that two novels purported to set one for him. [LINK]
A very special story which at last provides a heroic exit for Colin Baker’s much-loved Time Lord. Four hour-long episodes, connected by the presence of the Valeyard, the entity that exists between the Doctor’s twelth and final incarnations.
The End of the Line by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris.
The Doctor and his latest companion Constance investigate a commuter train that has lost its way…
The Red House by Alan Barnes
The Doctor and Charlotte Pollard arrive on a world that is populated by werewolves.
Stage Fright by Matt Fitton
The Doctor and Flip visit Victorian London, where investigators Jago and Litefoot explore theatrical performances that have echoes of the Doctor’s past lives…
The Brink of Death by Nicholas Briggs
The Doctor and Mel face the final confrontation with the Valeyard – and the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice.
Colin’s last outing in the Doctor Who role on television was The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986, but there was no proper handover story to Sylvester McCoy when he joined the series in 1987. Now, 28 years later, the full details of the Sixth Doctor’s death will be revealed – and it’s part of an epic battle that spans many sections of his life, and involves many of his companions.
‘I spoke to Colin not long after Matt Smith’s final outing, The Time of the Doctor, was broadcast on television,’ says producer David Richardson. ‘I felt very strongly that regeneration stories, and each Doctor’s final end, are very important to Doctor Who fans – these are stories that allow us to see the Doctor at his most courageous, making a sacrifice that only makes us love him more. And so I asked Colin if he might finally consider doing the Sixth Doctor’s final story with us. To my huge delight, he said yes.’
‘I owe a lot to Big Finish,’ says Colin. ‘They have given my Doctor the opportunity to live beyond those few episodes on television which were recorded during a time when the programme was under siege from various quarters. My Doctor did not benefit from that time. However at Big Finish the Sixth Doctor has lived and breathed anew and developed in a way that I am extremely happy with.
‘That would be the only reason I have agreed to bring my Doctor to an end – although it’s not really an end, because Big Finish plucks stories from the whole era of every Doctor. But because I never actually filmed a regeneration, and left poor Sylvester floundering around in my empty clothing with a blond wig on, I have resolutely maintained the lie that I am still the Doctor and all the rest are imposters because I never regenerated!’ (He laughs) ‘So it’s a tribute to the smooth talking people at Big Finish and the standard of the work completed thus far that I have cast aside my reluctance and joined all the other Doctors in actually having a regeneration.
‘And I can promise you: it’s a cracker.’
I’m hoping that real cracker is kinda like an entire box of cheddar jack Cheez-Its, meaning it’s delicious.
Naturally, this doesn’t mean that the sixth Doctor’s audio reign is wrapping up; as long as Colin Baker’s around and they can lure him into a recording studio, he’ll continue to be the Doctor.
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