Big Finish to adapt 1990s novel Cold Fusion

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    Kinda looking forward to this one – this was one of my favorites. I think I still have my very, very dogeared copy. [LINK]

    Revealed at last! Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy will cross time streams in an audio adaptation of a classic Virgin Missing Adventure, coming December 2016 from Big Finish!

    Adapted for audio by original author Lance Parkin, this gripping story finds a newly-regenerated Fifth Doctor arrive on an occupied ice planet – where the Seventh Doctor is investigating dangerous energy experiments conducted by the Earth Empire. But events spin out of control when a refugee from the distant past arrives – Patience, the Doctor’s Wife (Christine Kavanagh)!

    ‘People have been asking for an adaptation of Cold Fusion for years,’ enthused script-editor John Dorney, ‘not least me, as it’s the only Missing Adventure I don’t own! So it was a huge privilege being asked to script-edit books legend Lance Parkin on his own adaptation, and to discover this glorious reverse multi-Doctor classic myself. Two Doctors, five companions – what a blast!’

    Appearing alongside the Fifth Doctor will be his television companions Nyssa (Sarah Sutton), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Adric (Matthew Waterhouse); while the Seventh Doctor is aided by his New Adventures companions Roz Forrester (Yasmin Bannerman) and Chris Cwej (Travis Oliver), who both previously appeared in Big Finish’s acclaimed adaptation of Russell T Davies’ Damaged Goods. The cast also includes Jeremy Hitchen, Sharon Maughan and Peter Caulfield.

    The adaptation has been produced and directed by Jamie Anderson.

    ‘With a named cast of over thirty characters, Cold Fusion was a real challenge to record.’ said Jamie. ‘Luckily we had a talented and versatile guest cast starring alongside the core cast. We had a fantastic three days at the Moat Studios bringing this class novel to life, and I’m sure that fans will love the chemistry between the Doctors, and their companions.’

    Doctor Who: Cold Fusion, a six-part adventure, will be released in December 2016.

    I love that they’re maintaining the episode structure of the book, which made very clear where the cliffhangers were. This is a very non-traditional multi-Doctor story, as they accidentally wind up working at cross-purposes, unaware of each other’s presence for most of the story.

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    Does Waterhouse hold a little bit of a grudge at the way the other cast members have slung poop at his acting skills during commentaries of Davison’s era episodes? It might make it a bit awkward to be in the recording room with them (if they record at the same time).


    It would seem not – he’s been tagging along with Davison & co. in audio form for a couple of years now.

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