The Ratings War

The Ratings WarAs the climactic episode of a reality TV show makes its live debut, the Doctor storms into the office of the network’s president to lodge a series of complaints about programming. But the Doctor soon discovers that the network is in the hands of the vicious Beep the Meep, a cute but bloodthirsty creature who plans to bring the people of Earth under his mind control by embedding subliminal instructions into his new children’s program. Even though the Doctor has already taken steps to prevent the domination of the viewing audience, he has failed to destroy the control mechanism that will allow Beep to take control…

written by Steve Lyons
directed by Gary Russell
music by David Darlington

Cast: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Toby Longworth (Beep The Meep), Robert Jezek (Roger Lowell), Alistair Lock (Robbie McHale), Jane Goddard (Lucy)

Notes: The traditional Doctor Who opening theme is not heard at the beginning of the episode, and the story closes – rather unusually with the “Delaware Version” of the theme that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop prepared for the TV show’s 1972 season, even though it was ultimately not used. Beep the Meep originally faced off against the fourth Doctor in the 1980 Doctor Who Weekly comic strip “Doctor Who and the Star Beast”, written by Pat Mills and John Wagner, with art by Dave Gibbons; that strip is included in the graphic novel reprint “Doctor Who: The Iron Legion”. Another CD included free with Doctor Who Magazine, The Ratings War was later released as a free podcast in 2011.

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Silent Enemy

Star Trek: EnterpriseAs the Enterprise crew lays a string of communications relay satellites in the ship’s wake to speed up contact with Starfleet Headquarters on Earth, the ship is intercepted by an alien vessel which refuses to answer any hails, and then disappears into warp again. Archer hopes that it’s an isolated incident, concentrating his energy on another mystery – finding a suitable birthday gift for Lt. Reed, which proves more difficult that the captain expects. But when the alien ship returns, it attacks the Enterprise, and two aliens board the ship, killing members of the crew. Archer orders a return course for Earth, so the Enterprise can receive upgraded weaponry from Starfleet before continuing on her course. But the alien ship appears yet again, forcing Reed and Trip to try to make the upgrades in mid-flight – and even in the middle of combat. If they can’t perfect the new weaponry in time to fend off the aliens’ attacks, Reed may not live to see his next birthday.

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directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Jane Carr (Mary Reed), Guy Siner (Stuart Reed), Paula Malcolmson (Madeline Reed), John Rosenfeld (Mark Latrelle), Robert Mammana (Engineer)
Notes: British actor Guy Siner has some cult SF in his past – he played fanatical Kaled General Ravon in the classic 1975 Doctor Who story Genesis Of The Daleks; Jane Carr, who played his wife, has much more recent SF in her resumè, having played one of Londo’s wives in the 1994 Babylon 5 episode Soul Mates.

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Invaders From Mars

Invaders From MarsThe Doctor and Charley arrive in Manhattan just before Halloween, 1938. One of the first things Charley encounters upon her first visit to New York City is the body of a recently murdered private detective. When a woman arrives at the gumshoe’s office to hire him, the Doctor impersonates him and agrees to take on the case of her missing uncle (to Charley’s alarm). But things aren’t as they seem – Charley is kidnapped by mobsters, and even the Doctor’s new client isn’t who she seems. As Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater Players prepare to broadcast their infamous panic-inducing radio adaptation of “The War Of The Worlds”, a very real alien invasion is taking place – and the Doctor hopes to use one to fight the other.

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directed by Mark Gatiss
music by Alistair Lock

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Ian Hallard (Mouse), Mark Benton (Ellis), Jonathan Rigby (John Houseman), David Benson (Orson Welles), Paul Putner (Bix Biro), Simon Pegg (Don Chaney), Jessica Stevenson (Glory Bee), John Arthur (Cosmo Devine)

Timeline: after Minuet In Hell and before The Chimes Of Midnight

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The Legend Of The Rangers: To Live And Die In Starlight

Babylon 5In 2265, the Interstellar Alliance discovers a previously unknown race moving near the fringes of its territory. There is no sign of who they are, what they want, or why they are there, save their destruction of a long range vessel flown by the Rangers. The Minbari elders who govern the Rangers enlist the aid of Citizen G’Kar in the investigation. The Narn ambassador gladly volunteers his help…his travels through the galaxy suggest that once again, powerful forces of darkness are on the move.

While on Minbar, G’Kar intercedes in the case of David Martel, a human Ranger who had been in line to command a ship until he violated the Rangers’ central code. With his captain injured and his ship outnumbered and unable to fight, he retreated to save the life of his crew, despite the Ranger vow never to break off in combat. G’Kar’s intercession saves Martel from expulsion, but rather than a top of the line ship, he is given command of the Liandra, a twenty-year-old relic in less then spaceworthy condition, whose previous crew met with disaster. The crew is mostly a collection of Martel’s friends and Rangers who have thus far been outsiders – Minbari second-in-command Dulann, weapons specialist Sarah Cantrell, healer Firell, communications/translation specialist Kitaro Sasaki, intelligence operative Malcolm Bridges, political/first contact expert Tafeek, Narn engineer Na’Feel, and Drazi Tirk. The latter two are the first representatives of their races to serve as crew on a Ranger vessel.

The Liandra’s first assignment seems routine enough – escort a warship carrying Alliance delegates to a security conference on a colony world. It is not long before the routine is broken, as the unknown race makes contact in a decidedly hostile way, perhaps confirming G’Kar’s fears. The warship is destroyed, the delegates barely saved, the Liandra heavily damaged, and its first officer gravely wounded. Martel and his crew’s only hope of returning home is to unravel the mystery of the previous crew’s and somehow defeat their mysterious pursuers…and this time, he can neither retreat nor surrender.

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Christopher Franke

Cast: Dylan Neal (Captain David Martel), Andreas Katsulas (G’Kar), Alex Zahara (Dulann), Myriam Sirois (Sarah Cantrell), Dean Marshall (Malcolm Bridges), Warren T. Takeuchi (Kitaro Sasaki), Jennie Rebecca Hogan (Na’Feel), Mackenzie Gray (Minister Kafta), David Storch (Tafeek), Enid-Raye Adams (Firell), Gus Lynch (Tirk), Todd Sandomirsky (Tannier), Andrew A. Kavadas (Captain Bart Gregg), Simon Egan (Minbari crewman), Bernard Cuffling (Sindell), Chris Robson (Ranger), Rob Morton (Drazi diplomat), Eric Schneider (Cloaked figure), Mark Antontuk (Wounded Minbari)

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Dear Doctor

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a sublight spacecraft whose occupants are seeking help in fighting a degenerative and most likely lethal disease – one which afflicts not only them, but their entire species as well. Captain Archer pledges his support to them, but soon finds out that his offer of help may be unrealistic. Dr. Phlox is eager to help, but his enthusiasm is tempered by his practical understanding of the disease. A somewhat lesser evolved humanoid species from the same planet seems to be completely immune – and Archer faces the unenviable prospect of telling the dying portion of the population that they may be facing extinction via irreversible natural evolution.

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directed by James Contner
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler), David A. Kimball (Esaak), Chris Rydell (Alien astronaut), Karl Wiedergott (Larr), Alex Nevil (Menk man)

Notes: Chronologically speaking, this episode is the Star Trek universe’s first mention of the Ferengi; according to Next Generation lore, first contact with the Ferengi didn’t occur until that series’ fourth episode, The Last Outpost (1987), though this Enterprise crew would actually come into contact with them first without realizing it (Acquisition).

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Sleeping Dogs

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a derelict vessel trapped in the dense atmosphere of a giant gas planet. Reed and T’Pol are assigned to pay the ship a visit, and Hoshi also volunteers. The ship turns out to be an unknown class of Klingon starship, manned by an unknown number of hostile Klingons. Using their familiarity with the ship to their advantage, the Klingons trap the Enterprise boarding party in their wrecked ship and steal their shuttle. The shuttle blasts out of the planet’s atmosphere at top speed, but doesn’t get past the Enterprise’s grappler. With the shuttle back on board, Archer and Trip wait for the Klingons to show themselves and stun them into submission. When she awakens, a female Klingon who appears to be in charge tells Archer that more Klingon ships will be arriving – and that the Enterprise will be no match. But due to the hazardous nature of the environment in which his crew members are trapped, Archer will need the Klingon woman’s help to retrieve them alive before the ship’s hull gives way – and that cooperation will not come easily.

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directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Michelle C. Bonilla (Bu’Kah), Stephen Lee (Klingon Captain)

Notes: This episode establishes that the Klingons had photon torpedoes before Starfleet did; this being a prequel, it’s technically the first appearance of that term in the Star Trek chronology. The Klingon ship, a new invention not seen in any of the other Trek series (probably meaning it has been retired by Kirk’s era), is a Raptor-class scout.

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Shadows Of P’Jem

Star Trek: EnterpriseFollowing Archer’s revelation of a Vulcan listening post on the disputed planet of P’Jem, the Andorians mount an attack on that outpost, destroying it completely. The Vulcan response is swift – diplomatic relations with Earth become very chilly, and T’Pol is cited as key player in the listening post’s discovery. She is to return to Vulcan for disciplinary action, something to which Archer objects. The captain is surprised when T’Pol shows no signs of resisting her impending reassignment. Archer takes T’Pol with him for one last mission, a visit to the planet Coridan. But the routine visit turns violent when their shuttle is shot down over the capitol city by rebels. Archer and T’Pol survive their shuttle’s crash-landing, but are taken hostage by the rebels, who proceed to demand weapons from the Enterprise for their safe return. The Vulcan ship which was to take T’Pol back to her homeworld arrives, and its captain tries to take charge of the situation. Trip isn’t eager to sit back and wait for the Vulcans to intervene and launches a rescue operation of his own – and he and Reed are just as quickly captured on Coridan. Their captors, however, turn out to be Andorians – still engaged in hostilities with the Vulcans. Andorian officer Shran informs Trip that the Enterprise crew has just walked into a conflict being engineered by both the Vulcans and the Andorians…and they’re not likely to walk out alive when the shooting starts.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval), Steven Dennis (Tholos), Barbara Tarbuck (Chancellor Kalev), Jeff Kober (Traeg)

Notes: The planet Coridan is a reference to the Coridan treaty negotiated by Ambassador Sarek in the classic Trek episode Journey To Babel; that 1967 episode, incidentally, was the first appearance of the Andorians in Star Trek and made a brief mention of their conflict with the Vulcans. Also, Dr. Phlox mentions that T’Pol is not the first Vulcan officer to serve alongside humans on a Starfleet ship, but that she is the first whose tour of duty lasted more than a few weeks; the previous instances ended when, according to Phlox, the Vulcan officers found their human crewmates “chaotic and unpredictable.” Guest star Barbara Tarbuck played the part of another beleaguered alien leader in the 1991 Next Generation episode The Host.

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Shuttlepod One

Star Trek: EnterpriseTrip and Reed take a shuttlepod out to test a new systems modification which requires at least 20,000 kilometers’ distance from the Enterprise. At the same time, the Enterprise moves away from the rendezvous point to render aid to an alien ship in distress, but the rescue goes awry, leaving both vessels damaged. When the shuttlepod returns to the agreed-upon asteroid belt rendezvous, Trip and Reed see wreckage from the Enterprise – in reality debris from the recent accident – strewn across one of the asteroids, and they assume the worst: no one will arrive to pick them up, they have mere days of oxygen left, and they have no chance of reaching an inhabited world before then.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: none

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The Chimes Of Midnight

The Chimes Of MidnightThe TARDIS lands in the well-stocked larder of what appears to be an Edwardian-era house. As Charley and the Doctor explore the house, they find numerous recent signs of life, but little or no evidence of the occupants. Gradually, Charley hears the voices of the people living in the house – and, for a moment, sees and speaks to one of them. Nothing the time travelers do or move stays permanent. When they’re suddenly able to communicate with the house’s occupants, the clock strikes and one of those occupants turns up horribly murdered. Far from being considered suspects, the Doctor and Charley are instantly “recognized” as London’s greatest amateur sleuths by the servants and staff. Another murder happens when the clock strikes eleven – and the victim of the previous slaying seems to have been erased from the memories of everyone except the Doctor and Charley. And so continues a horrifying, never ending cycle of life and death, a paradoxical cycle which can only end with the death of one of the house’s visitors.

Order this CDwritten by Robert Shearman
directed by Barnaby Edwards
music by Russell Stone

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Louise Rolfe (Edith), Lennox Greaves (Mr. Shaughnessy), Sue Wallace (Mrs. Baddeley), Robert Curbishley (Frederick), Juliet Warner (Mary)

Timeline: after Invaders From Mars and before Seasons Of Fear

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Fusion

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a Vulcan vessel manned by a curiously cordial crew. Over dinner with the crew, T’Pol identifies them as Vulcans without logic, something which the Vulcans refute, claiming instead that they have reached a balance between emotion and logic. T’Pol is skeptical, and reluctantly agrees to try a few experiments in emotional awareness with the persistent Tolaris. But while Archer, Trip and the rest of the crew find themselves becoming fast friends with the emotion-embracing Vulcan visitors, T’Pol discovers that Tolaris is intimately, and dangerously, acquainted with some of his baser emotions.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Rob Hedden
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Enrique Murciano (Tolaris), Robert Pine (Tavin), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Harrington Bland (Kov)

Notes: This episode somewhat shockingly establishes that mind melds aren’t the norm among 22nd century Vulcans; the process is considered somewhat taboo, and T’Pol isn’t even aware of what’s involved or how to participate. Robert Pine is the father of Chris Pine, who would assume the role of Captain James T. Kirk in a big-screen reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009.

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Excelis Dawns

Doctor WhoOn a momentary sidestep after dropping Gravis off harmlessly on an isolated planetoid where it can no longer harm the people of Frontios, the Doctor arrives on Artaris, a primitive world where he meets a gruff warlord named Grayvorn. Grayvorn is en route to a convent whose nuns are entrusting him on a quest for an unidentified Relic. But the Doctor is horrified to learn that the nuns have taken on a new visitor: the irrepressible Time Lady known as Iris Wildthyme, the Doctor’s sometimes old flame and sometimes nuisiance. To make matters even worse, the convent’s Mother Superior has entrusted the only known map leading to the Relic to Iris, and insists that the troublesome time traveler accompany Grayvorn on that quest, with another nun, Sister Jolene, in tow. The Doctor, smelling trouble, tags along, and finds himself more than once keeping Grayvorn and Iris from each other’s throats. The Doctor is also suspicious of Sister Jolene’s motives for coming on the trip – and indeed, those of the Mother Superior who is behind the quest. Is the search for the Relic a deadly trap, or a true holy quest which may require terrible sacrifices of those who undertake it?

Order this CDwritten by Paul Magrs
directed by Gary Russell
music by David Darlington

Cast: Peter Davison (The Doctor), Anthony Stewart Head (Lord Grayvorn), Katy Manning (Iris Wildthyme), Posy Miller (Sister Jolene), Patricia Leventon (Mother Superior), Billy Miller (Zombie King)

Timeline: during part 4 of Frontios

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The Long Road

JeremiahIn the year 2030, a new generation of the human race is coming of age, the first to do so since a global epidemic now referred to as “the Big Death” killed everyone over the age of puberty. One young man named Jeremiah is on a quest to learn as much as he can about his father’s involvement in the search for a cure, but it’s not easy going – electricity, gasoline, and any kind of working technology are rare commodities, and people have been known to kill anyone they even so much as suspect of possessing them.

Jeremiah’s immediate problems are much simpler, however – a wanderer named Kurdy has stolen his fish. Jeremiah catches up with Kurdy in a rough-and-tumble town, only to discover bigger problems. A woman named Theo has become the law in this town, but her rule isn’t one of justice, but one of violence. Jeremiah is approached by a young man named Simon, who claims to be seeking others who wish to bring civilization back as their parents once knew it, but Jeremiah turns down his approach. Theo and her men find a truck – with half a tank of gas – hidden just outside of town, and they wait to ambush the owners: Simon and his traveling companion. Theo viciously interrogates them, trying to learn where “the end of the world” is, supposedly a place with resources aplenty which she could use to her advantage. When one of Theo’s men reports that he saw Simon talking to Jeremiah, she has him rounded up as well. Kurdy, who has been trying to get Jeremiah to take him along on his travels, watches as Theo’s men beat Jeremiah and take him back to Theo’s compound. Kurdy is torn between safe inaction and risking his life to help someone he had no problem stealing food from the day before. Rather than a brash frontal assault against Theo’s armed thugs, Kurdy engineers a full-scale town revolt and uses it as a cover to break Jeremiah and Simon out.

Kurdy, Jeremiah and Simon make it to Simon’s truck, but Simon is fatally wounded during the escape. Before dying, he tells Jeremiah that the end of the world is a real place – and he tells him how to get there, and to deliver a message: the Big Death is returning. Kurdy is more eager to get out of town and sell Simon’s truck, but Jeremiah is determined to deliver Simon’s message, and find out if the end of the world Simon reffered to is the same as the Valhalla Sector his father spoke of before his death.

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series based on the comic book by Hermann Huppen
directed by Russell Mulcahy
music by Tim Truman
series main theme by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus Alexander), Tricia Helfer (Erin), Kim Hawthorne (Theo), Daniel Gillies (Simon), Curtis Bechdholt (Matthew), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Kandyse McClure (Elizabeth), Robert Wisden (Devon), Teryl Rothery (Mary), Zak Santiago Alam (Sam), Alex Zahara (Ezekiel), Jada Stark (Gossip), Sean Tyler Foley (Gossip), Victor Da Costa (Gossip), Peta Brookstone (Gossip), Malik McCall (Kurdy’s Father), Terra MacLeod (Carol), Jenn Bird (Cherysse), Ryan Drescher (Michael), Devin Douglas Drewitz (young Jeremiah), Rayden Porbeni (young Kurdy), Haig Sutherland (Keith), Simon Wong (Phil), Mark Holmes (Guy in Crowd), Claude Duhamel (Ticket Cashier), Michael Scholar Jr. (Colin), Phil Trasolini (Seller), Dave Nystrom (Talking Jock), Haili Page (Young girl), David Coles (Skinhead leader), Charles Zuckerman (Skinhead), Colin Corrigan (Skinhead), Brahm Taylor (Man at pole), Darryl Quon (Market thug)

Notes: Seen here in one of her very first acting roles, Tricia Helfer didn’t appear again in Jeremiah, and neither did her character (who was replaced by Erin after the pilot); she would later rise to fame as Battlestar Galactica’s Number Six; Kandyse McClure, whose character does continue through the rest of season one, also became a semi-regular on Galactica as Dualla. Teryl Rothery is well-known to Stargate SG-1 fans as Dr. Janet Fraiser.

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Man Of Iron, Woman Under Glass

JeremiahMarcus Alexander is the glue that holds the underground Thunder Mountain complex together, leading a kind of resistance movement to bring the world back to order. Jeremiah and Kurdy have allied themselves to his cause reluctantly, though Jeremiah has been very critical of Marcus’ reticence about using the former military complex’s resources – plentiful food, energy, technology and supplies – to help those “outside.” Marcus also has a secret that he’s been keeping even from his own people: a woman who survived the Big Death and now lives in a bio-isolation ward in the mountain; she carries the virus, but has somehow survived it. If she were to step out of that chamber, everyone in the mountain would be wiped out, and the Big Death might spread anew. But unfortunately for Marcus, someone has found out – and plans to tell the others about the woman’s presence. In the meantime, Jeremiah and Kurdy are on another scouting mission when a boy standing in the road forces Jeremiah to swerve into the woods, wrecking the land rover in the process. When Jeremiah comes to, the boy is standing over him, in the trademark costume of comic book hero Captain Iron. Jeremiah and Kurdy are tended to by the boy’s sister and her husband. Jeremiah learns that “Captain Iron” was a loner – a nerd by some people’s standards – even before the Big Death. Since the death of his parents, he has adopted his hero’s code of honor, helping others, defending the defenseless, and bringing inspiration to some – and derisive laughter from others, such as his brother-in-law. But when bandits attack their camp and kidnap his sister, the world’s last superhero may be in over his head – and if he gets himself killed while trying to save his sister, who will save us all then?

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directed by Brett Dowler
music by Graeme Coleman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Marcus Alexander), Roman Danylo (John), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Nathanial Arcand (Mike), Suzy Joachim (Megan), Sarah Deakins (Shelly), Russell Porter (Thug), Winston Brown (Vincent), Tyler Williamson (young John), Andrew Francis (young Marcus), Justin Ortiz (Kid), Ben Baxter (Kid), Samuel Scantlebury (Kid)

Note: Jeremiah’s inquiry about Valhalla Sector brings about a most unusual response from “Captain Iron,” and even a fleeting hint in flashback that the boy has been there – against his will.

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Rogue Planet

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a rogue planet, an isolated world which was thrown out of its sun’s orbit. Though science generally dictates that such a world would be dead, but thermal energy from the planet’s still-active core have kept a thriving (if nocturnal) ecosystem alive. Archer heads up a landing party that happens upon a group of hunters, led by Damrus. The non-indigenous hunters seem friendly enough, and Malcolm even convinces them to let him join them on their next foray. While the others rest up, Archer keeps watch at the camp, and hears a woman call his name. He sees her, but is unable to catch up with her, and no one else in the camp can find any evidence that she was there. She appears again later as he, Trip and T’Pol are exploring, but she only approaches when Archer is alone. The hunt goes badly, and one of the hunters is nearly killed by an amorphous life form; he is taken back to the Enterprise by shuttle and Dr. Phlox restores him to full health. Archer insists on staying on the planet overnight to see if the mysterious woman contacts him again, and she does. This time she stays long enough to have a conversation, and Archer learns that she’s not human, but a member of a sentient shapeshifting species. Though interfering with the well-armed hunters doesn’t seem like an option, Archer has a plan for evening the odds in the shapeshifters’ favor.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Keith Szarabajka (Damrus), Stephanie Niznik (Woman), Conor O’Farrell (Buzaan), Eric Pierpoint (Shiraht)

Notes: An interesting “future history” note – the Boy Scouts are apparently still earning merit badges in the 22nd century. Archer earned 26 of them and made it to Eagle Scout, while Reed accumulated 28, including a merit badge in exobiology. Any scouts hoping to earn a hunting merit badge are out of luck, as Archer points out that hunting for sport has been out of fashion on Earth for a century. Guest star Keith Szarabajka has guest starred on Babylon 5 and, at the time he guest starred on Enterprise, also had a recurring role on Angel as immortal vampire hunter Holtz.

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…And The Ground, Sown With Salt

JeremiahJeremiah and Kurdy follow up on information sent to Marcus by one of his contacts, who says that there’s something they need to see near the abandoned McLaren Army Base. Jeremiah and Kurdy arrive at the rendezvous point just in time to see their contact executed. The base has been overrun by a thuggish young man named Michael and his band of raiders. Jeremiah and Kurdy are captured, and Michael asks them where the end of the world is. They refuse to answer, and Michael soon demonstrates his power over the people at the base – his power comes from the barrel of a gun, but he demands more than obedience. He demands worship, and those who will not pray to him are murdered. Michael later offers an exchange of information, even dropping a few tantalizing hints about Valhalla Sector. When he receives no answers to his satisfaction, Michael then drops three daisy cutter bombs onto a small town whose people also refused to cooperate. But from Jeremiah has already learned, even if Michael can be stopped, there are others like him – or perhaps worse.

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directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Jason Priestly (Michael), Kirsten Robek (Julie), Shawn Orr (Jesse Montoya), Stu Morgan (Larry), Lynne Livingston (Cindy), Magda Apanowicz (Young girl), Paul Lazenby (Brutal man), Ben Ayres (Guard), Trevor Jones (Guard), Simon Burnett (Guard), Colin Haslett (Bad Timing guy), Michael Rinaldi (Demented guy), Miles Meadows (Prisoner), Kent McQuaid (Prisoner), Cailin Stabnyk (Prisoner), Brent Clark (Prisoner), Neil Grayston (Prisoner)

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Acquisition

Star Trek: EnterpriseTrip is worried when Dr. Phlox fails to answer his requests to exit the decontamination chamber after returning from his latest mission. Trip manages to hotwire the door mechanism and escapes, discovering that the rest of the crew has been rendered unconscious and the ship has been boarded by a band of alien marauders. The large-headed, big-eared aliens are ransacking everything on the ship, from technology to food to female crewmembers. Trip manages to stay out of sight and watches as the aliens revive and interrogate Captain Archer. Trip manages to awaken T’Pol, and the three make preparations to take the Enterprise back. Archer tries to win the confidence of Krem, one of the aliens, while T’Pol and Trip sabotage the raiders’ efforts to steal anything else. Their resourcefulness will not only have to exceed the invaders’ greed, but play on it as well.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Ethan Phillips (Ulis), Jeffrey Combs (Krem), Clint Howard (Muk), Matt Malloy (Grish) and Porthos

Notes: Several perennial Trek guest stars appear here, including Jeffrey Combs (once again playing more than one species in the same Trek spinoff), Ethan Phillips (who played Neelix for seven years on Star Trek: Voyager, but made his first Trek appearance as a Ferengi in 1990’s Next Generation episode Menage a Troi, and Clint Howard, younger brother of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, who had a cameo in a Deep Space Nine episode but was also the childlike alien Balok in the third Classic Trek episode ever filmed, The Corbomite Maneuver. For the record, chronologically speaking, this is the Star Trek universe’s first sight of the Ferengi, but nowhere in the episode was the aliens’ race revealed, preserving The Last Outpost‘s assertion that first contact with the Ferengi didn’t occur until that first-season Next Generation episode; remember, Picard said that when The Battle of Maxia occurred several years before Next Generation’s first season, the Stargazer crew had no idea who their attackers were.

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Seasons Of Fear

Seasons Of FearAfter numerous misadventures, the TARDIS finally brings Charley to Singapore in 1930, right on time to make her appointment with a young man who she had originally stowed away aboard the R-101 to meet. While she is away, the Doctor meets a man named Sebastian Grayle – a man both blessed and cursed with immoirtality, a man who knows that the Doctor is a Time Lord, and a man who claims to have killed him some with the help of his masters at some point in the Doctor’s future. When Charlie returns, the Doctor once against whisks her away, urgently setting out to find out how Grayle came to be immortal, and who he serves who might want the Doctor dead. They travel back in time to the third century A.D. and meet Grayle in his original form: a naive priest who has made a tenuous pact with an alien power beyond his understanding. If the Doctor cannot stop Grayle from gaining immortality, his new nemesis will grow in power and cunning through the centuries until, at least, he does have the means to defeat a Time Lord.

Order this CDwritten by Paul Cornell and Caroline Symcox
directed by Gary Russell
music by Jane Elphinstone

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Stephen Perring (Sebastian Grayle), Stephen Fewell (Marcus), Robert Curbishley (Lucillius / Grayle’s Masters’ voices), Lennox Greaves (Edward), Sue Wallace (Edith), Stephen Fewell (Richard Martin), Justine Mitchell (Lucy Martin), Don Warrington (The Auditor)

Timeline: after The Chimes Of Midnight and before Embrace The Darkness

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To Sail Among The Stars

JeremiahJeremiah and Kurdy follow up on another of Simon’s leads, traveling to an impoverished village to learn about a group of people called the Burners. On the way, they stop for the night, and Jeremiah finds a young woman siphoning their truck’s gas tank. When he goes to stop her, she gets away after fending him off. The next day, their contact, a man named Eddie who runs a pool hall, isn’t eager to talk about that topic during business hours, but invites Jeremiah to come back later. Eddie reveals that the Burners are using what was once known as hot zone biohazard gear – airtight suits and flamethrowers – as a terrifying means of enforcing their will on others. Worse yet, despite the extinction of telephones, the internet, and radio, the Burners are somehow coordinating their attacks when their cells are in completely different cities. After giving this information to Jeremiah, Eddie is murdered later that night. Jeremiah also runs into the lady gas thief once more, and discovers that she’s keeping an awful lot of a very flammable liquid around rather than selling it…

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directed by Neill Fearnley
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Melissa Creider (Claire), G. Michael Gray (Eddie), Jason Gaffney (William), Meghan Black (Pregnant girl), Dalias Blake (First Guy), Mike Nyuis (Second guy), Shawn Stewart (Squatter), Gerry South (Hustler), Donny Lucas (Preacher), Martin Budny (Man), Ashley Whillans (12 year old Claire), Ben Odberg (Claire’s Dad)

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Oasis

Star Trek: EnterpriseOver dinner with an alien trader, the Enterprise crew learns of the site of a crashed starship on a nearby planet, but the trader seems spooked by what he saw when he went there. Archer, however, insists that the trader’s tale of a haunted spaceship isn’t enough to scare him off, especially when the Enterprise could use a few repairs using parts from the crash site. What he finds there, however, is what seems to be the ship’s entire crew, all in good health. Trip is particularly taken with Liana, the daughter of the ship’s engineer, though the others from her ship seem nervous about her spending so much time with him. Archer is concerned when some of the ship’s logs about the crash are irreconcilable with the physical evidence – particularly when a member of the crashed ship’s crew, who’s still very much alive on the ship, turns up long dead in an escape pod.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Stephen Beck
directed by Jim Charleston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Rene Auberjonois (Ezral), Annie Wersching (Liana), Tom Bergeron (D’Marr), Rudolph Willrich (Kuulan), Claudette Sutherland (Maya)

Notes: The casting department’s tribute to Trek series past continues with this episode’s inclusion of Rene Auberjonois, who – after a slightly inauspicious start in the Trek universe (his scenes as a Starfleet turncoat in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country were cut from the theatrical print but restored for home video) – played Odo for all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Auberjonois reportedly told Scott Bakula during filming that he had already shot this episode (probably meaning the similar plotline of the DS9 episode Shadowplay).

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I-Yensch, You-Yensch

FarscapeHaving decided to try and board Scorpius’ command carrier to sabotage his wormhole experiments, D’Argo and Rygel arrange a meeting with Scorpius and Braca at a diner on an out of the way planet to negotiate terms. Scorpius demonstrates the means by which the two sides can enforce their agreement – neural bracelets that ensure that whatever one wearer feels, the other experiences as well, up to and including death. He demonstrates the bracelets on Braca and D’Argo – which is unfortunate, because two robbers bust into the diner and, in the process of shooting up the place, hit Braca in the leg. With Braca and D’Argo both out of commission, Rygel and Scorpius must find a way out of their predicament. Talyn, meanwhile, is acting more and more out of control, inadvertently firing on a hospital ship. Crais realizes the only thing that can be done is to disable Talyn’s higher functions and remove his weaponry – but first he must convince both Moya and Talyn of the virtues of his plan.

Order the DVDswritten by Matt Ford
directed by Peter Andrikidis
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Ben Mendelsohn (Sko), Anthony Hayes (Wa), Inge Hornstra (Essk), Salvatore Coco (Voodi), Thomas Holesgrove (Naj Gil)

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The Bag

JeremiahOn the trail of another of Simon’s contacts, a man named Holcombe who may know whether or not the Big Death will be making a return appearance, Jeremiah and Kurdy stop to assist a wanderer whose pregnant wife has fallen ill. In the town of Slag Harbor, they catch word of a traveling doctor who may be able to help. Jeremiah is dismayed to find that this “doctor” is actually no more than the son of a doctor who still has his dead father’s medicine bag, but he’s still the only hope of those who need medical attention. But as if the would-be doctor isn’t perpetuating enough of a myth about himself, his street-savvy older brother is milking that talent for whatever people are willing to trade. When thugs beat up both brothers and steal the medicine bag, Jeremiah has to convince a man who may be the last doctor in the world that what he needs to practice isn’t a bag full of 15-year-old pills, but his compassion…and all he needs to do is step out of his older brother’s shadow.

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directed by Michael Robison
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Jake Busey (Jake), Christian Campbell (Reese), Ryan Robbins (William Steuber), Erin Karpluk (Sadie Holcomb), Shannon Jardine (Paula Steuber), Holly Ferguson (Mother), Bryce Hodgson (Tanner), Devin Douglas Drewitz (young Jeremiah), Casey Beddow (Farmer), Ryan Drescher (Michael), Mike Dopud (Harlow), Nelson Leis (Jimmy Holcomb)

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Into the Lion’s Den Part 1: Lambs to the Slaughter

FarscapeCrichton and company board the command carrier. While Crichton quickly goes to work in the lab – after asserting his status as equal partner – the others set about ensuring Scorpius meets the rest of their demands. D’Argo wants the rings implanted in his body removed and the location of the Peacekeeper who killed his wife. Rygel wants an update on the Hynerian political situation. Crais wants Talyn brought on board so he can be repaired. This demand raises eyebrows, but Scorpius agrees, and assigns one of his lieutenants to work with Crais – a former lover who has agreed to spy on the disgraced commander. Aeryn realizes how unlike the Peacekeepers she has become, while the carrier’s crew is less than happy with having to coexist with the former prisoners. When one of them attacks D’Argo, he, Jool, Chian and Rygel choose to return to Moya. Their safety is short-lived, however. Another group of Peacekeepers surprise Moya, immobilize her, and bring her back to the carrier. Commandant Grayza informs Scorpius that the Peacekeepers are no longer interested in Scorpius’ apparently-fruitless project. Instead, they have begun building an alliance and even opening talks with the Scarrans. And the last thing they want is for the Peacekeepers to continue to be made fools of by a band of renegades with a growing reputation. Scorpius throws Grayza off his ship, but it’s only a matter of time before she returns and puts a permanent end to Scorpius’ career. He needs results, now. Confronted with the threat of the Scarrans, Crichton is even beginning to reconsider whether he should truly help Scorpius. And if that’s not enough incentive, Scorpius has more: he’s found Earth. It’s 60 cycles away by conventional means, but if Crichton won’t help him, then Scorpius will take revenge by destroying Crichton’s homeworld.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning
directed by Ian Watson
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Rebecca Riggs (Commandant Mele-On Grayza), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Sean Taylor (Lt. Reljik), Lenore Smith (Lt. Darinta Larell), Marta Dusseldorp (Officer Yal Henta), Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Tosko), Mark Mercedes (Officer Vonk)

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City Of Roses

JeremiahJeremiah and Kurdy rescue a girl from a gang of rapists, and Kurdy is horrified when Jeremiah seems insistent on gassing the thugs to death with the land rover’s exhaust. During the fight, Kurdy cuts one of his hands, and with that wound comes a trickle of memories of his childhood – his home, his mother, and some sort of struggle between his parents – the only memory he has of that time of his life. They bring the girl back to Thunder Mountain, where Erin tries to help her recover from his ordeal, and Kurdy embarks on one of his own. His next assignment is to ride shotgun with Jeremiah to the lab where the late Jimmy Holcomb received an experimental (and ultimately fatal) vaccine against the return of the Big Death – a lab within a short drive of Kurdy’s childhood home. Jeremiah, tired of Kurdy’s recent preoccupation with the past, drops Kurdy off there and goes off to the lab by himself, and is greeted at gunpoint. Kurdy, in the meantime, meets the one person left in the world who could possibly know what happened to his parents – and discovers that it was not the Big Death that killed them, but two bullets.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by Sam Egan
directed by James Head
music by Graeme Coleman

Guest Cast: Peter Stebbings (Alexander), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Kandyse McClure (Elizabeth), Suzy Joachim (Megan), Karen Malina White (Ricki), Katelyn Wallace (Lydia), Michael Adamthwaite (Skinhead), Jodie Graham (Skinhead), Dominika Wolski (Chloe), Brenda M. Crichlow (Kurdy’s Mother), Malik McCall (Kurdy’s Father), Robert Moloney (Farralon), Chaynade Knowles (young Ricki), Kayden Porbeni (young Kurdy)

Appearing in footage from The Bag: Devin Douglas Drewitz (young Jeremiah), Casey Beddow (Farmer), Ryan Drescher (Michael)

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Into the Lion’s Den Part 2: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

FarscapeCrichton’s getting closer than ever to unlocking wormholes, but Scorpius’ threats against Earth have just increased his resolve to destroy the project. He meets with the others out of eavesdropping range to settle on a new plan: they’ll destroy the carrier itself, in such a way that the crew will have a chance to escape. Before they can get too far in their plan, however, Crais betrays them. All but Aeryn and Crichton are imprisoned, and Scorpius demands that Crichton work harder or they will face the consequences. Crais and Aeryn manage to get Crichton away long enough to tell him the truth – Crais’ betrayal was a ruse, to get into Scorpius’ confidence and get access to Talyn. There, Crais plans to initiate Starburst within the carrier – a process that will destroy them both, but set off a chain reaction that will destroy the carrier as well. Crichton takes Scorpius aboard his module and into a wormhole to buy Crais time. With Aeryn’s help, he succeeds in his plan. As the carrier destructs around them, Moya’s crew must find their way to safety while Crichton seeks to eliminate the last vestiges of the wormhole project once and for all.

Order the DVDswritten by Rockne S. O’Bannon
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lieutenant Braca), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Lenore Smith (Lieutenant Darinta Larell), Marta Dusseldorp (Officer Yal Henta), Sheridan Rynne (Brenna), Terrence Hepburn (Armak)

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Firewall

JeremiahJeremiah and Kurdy investigate what seems like an unlikely tale involving biohazard-suited figures kidnapping people and performing biological tests on them. They’re stunned to find that it’s true – and even more surprised when they’re able to capture one of the suited men, but even the quickest glance through the visor of the biosuit reveals that this may be the oldest human being that anyone’s seen in a long time. They take him back to Thunder Mountain, where he awakens – and makes it plainly obvious that he knows Marcus on a first-name basis. The man turns out to be Major Quantrell, formerly one of Thunder Mountain’s top brass during the outbreak of the Big Death. Quantrell has many things to reveal – he is now based at the elusive Valhalla Sector, he’s not the only human being to have topped 40 years old, and if his young captors don’t let him go, his people will come looking for him and they’ll come well-armed. It soon becomes obvious that Quantrell and his allies intend to take control of what’s left of the world and rule by force…and anyone choosing to oppose him will need to be up for one hell of a fight.

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directed by Peter DeLuise
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Michael Rooker (Quantrell), Peter Stebbings (Marcus Alexander), Ingrid Kavelaars (Erin), Byron Lawson (Lee Chen), Suzy Joachim (Megan), John Ralston (Dr. Alexander), Leah Graham (Woman), Alex Zahara (Ezekiel), Rodrigues Williams (Man), Michael Kopsa (Colonel), J.M. Landry (Aide), Charles Payne (Aide), Ray Galletti (Clese), Awaovieyi Agie (Rich), Andrew Francis (young Marcus), Carin Moffat (Jean), Chris Robson (Reporter), Nigel Johnson (Guard)

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Detained

Star Trek: EnterpriseCaptain Archer and Ensign Mayweather are guests – not by their own choice – of the Tandarans, a race whose military zone they unwittingly violated while exploring in a shuttlepod. They quickly discover that they’re the only human prisoners in a Tandaran detention center otherwise populated by the Tandaran guards and a host of genetically unaltered Suliban captives, including women and children. Colonel Grat, the commandant of the detention center, seems cordial enough at first, promising that Archer and Mayweather will be freed soon, it seems that no such amnesty is in store for the Suliban. When Archer questions Grat’s treatment of the Suliban – who turn out to be innocent civilians and not members of the Suliban Cabal – Grat extends the Enterprise crewmen’s stay and begins to interrogate the captain about his own Suliban encounters all the way back to Broken Bow and Silik’s infiltration of the Enterprise during a later mission. Despite Archer’s claims of being an innocent bystander, nothing will quell Grat’s suspicions – or his willingness to hold the prisoners indefinitely.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dean Stockwell (Colonel Grat), Christopher Shea (Sajen), Jessica D. Stone (Narra), Dennis Christopher (Danik), David Kagen (Major Klev), Wilda Taylor (Woman)

Notes: Dean Stockwell was Scott Bakula’s co-star in every episode of Bakula’s previous hit series, Quantum Leap.

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The Red Kiss

JeremiahBandits carjack Jeremiah and Kurdy, leaving them on foot. The nearest sign of civilization they can find is an abandoned amusement park where a handful of families have taken up residence. The travelers find they’re not welcome there either – children have been disappearing at an alarming rate. When Jeremiah sees that the bandits have been through this area, using the equipment stolen in the land rover as trade bait, he offers to stay and help guard the children until the bandits return. The remaining children at the park regard Jeremiah as the stuff of legend – an avenging angel who has come to protect them from vampires. When more children disappear, their families come to the conclusion that Jeremiah and Kurdy are responsible.

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directed by James Head
music by Tim Truman

Guest Cast: Vincent Gale (Cord Geary), Tobias Mehler (Jack), Pablo Santos (Magyar), Shawn Macdonald (Fipps), Wendy Russell (Treva), Yvonne Myers (Helen), Sharon Alexander (Chapelle), Berend McKenzie (Medicine Joe), Aleks Paunovic (Stomp), Talia Ranger (Maia), Reece Thompson (Tommy Geary), Nickol Tschenscher (Beth Geary), J.R. Messado (J.J.)

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Dog with Two Bones

FarscapeHaving destroyed Scorpius’ carrier, Moya’s crew has a final task: Moya wants to deposit Talyn’s remains in a sacred Leviathan burial ground. A rogue Leviathan, grieving over the death of her own offspring, refuses to allow Moya entry, going so far as to ram the ship. Pilot learns that this rogue has destroyed other Leviathans as well, which leads Moya, Pilot and D’Argo to one conclusion: the rogue must be destroyed. Crichton has trouble getting his head into the game; wormhole information is still spilling out of his subconscious, and he can’t stop daydreaming about the possibility of life on Earth with his friends – daydreams that never turn out well. Further confusing matters is the presence of an odd old woman, a refugee from the command carrier, who keeps offering her services without being very clear about how she can help. The crew works together a final time to repair Moya and destroy the rogue. With their work complete, they begin to say their goodbyes. Crichton tries one more time to convince Aeryn to stay, but the still-grieving ex-Peacekeeper simply isn’t ready for that. As a morose Crichton floats in his module outside Moya, Harvey unlocks one more piece of information in his subconscious – one which makes it even harder for Crichton to let Aeryn go. But it may be too late for him to go anywhere at all.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Andrew Prowse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Melissa Jaffer (Old Woman)

Notes: The Old Woman, whose arrival on Moya happens off-screen after the events of Into The Lion’s Den, continued as a recurring character in season 4, where her name was revealed as Noranti. Jaffer also played the old Nilaam in the season 2 episode Vitas Mortis

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Embrace The Darkness

Embrace The DarknessA science station on the distant world of Cimmeria IV is plunged into darkness. Its three-person crew can’t see, but they can feel – and what they feel, at the hands of whatever has attacked the station, is intense pain. The Doctor arrives by chance, having always wondered how the sun of the Cimmerian system went dark at some point in the future, but when he and Charley pay a visit, things go horribly wrong, including Charley encountering the science station’s crew…who have been relieved of their eyes. The same fate then befalls Charley when she’s separated from the Doctor – and the Time Lord is getting no help from ROSM, an artificial intelligence whose inflexible thinking may not only doom an entire species inhabiting Cimmeria IV, but may also force the time travelers to be present for the death of the sun.

Order this CDwritten by Nicholas Briggs
directed by Nicholas Briggs
music by Nicholas BriggsJim Mortimore

Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Nicola Boyce (Orllensa), Lee Moone (Ferras), Mark McDonnell (Haliard), Ian Brooker (ROSM / Solarian / Cimmerian), Nicholas Briggs (Cimmerian Voice)

Timeline: after Seasons Of Fear and before The Time Of The Daleks

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Excelis Rising

Doctor Who:The TARDIS materializes on Artaris, exactly one millennium after the Doctor’s previous visit. But it has landed in the wrong place at the wrong time: a robbery is underway in the prestigious museum in the city of Excelis, and the sudden appearance of a blue police box and its colorfully-dressed occupant is just one more mystery for the investigators to solve. The Doctor learns that the Relic itself – which, in his fifth incarnation, he had helped to find – was the target of the robbery, and is astonished to see a familiar face arrive to take charge of the investigation. The man the Doctor knew as Lord Grayvorn is known to the citizens of Excelis as Reeve Maupassant, but he’s definitely the same man – he recognizes the TARDIS, and somehow even recognizes the Doctor, and he is apparently still suffering side-effects of coming into direct contact with the Relic. When the museum curator and one of the break-in suspects are killed in a grisly manner, Maupassant eagerly declares the Doctor to be the culprit. But can the Doctor prove his innocence, much less prove that a thousand-year-old warlord is trying to steal the Relic for himself?

Order this CDwritten by David A. McIntee
directed by Edward Salt
music by David Darlington

Cast: Colin Baker (The Doctor), Anthony Stewart Head (Reeve Maupassant), Charles Kay (The Curator), Rupert Laight (Solomon), Toby Walton (Thief), Nicky Goldie (Inquisitor Danby), James Lailey (Minister Pryce), Patricia Leventon (The Mother Superior)

Timeline: between The Trial Of A Time Lord and Time And The Rani

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