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May 18th, 2020 7 comments

Doctor Who Lost Stories The Doomsday Contract

The time has come for Doctor Who: The Doomsday Contract

A Doctor Who story treatment initially developed by TV comedy producer John Lloyd in 1979 will finally see the light of day as a full-cast audio drama with the original lead actors.

As exclusively revealed in SFX issue 327 (available in shops from 20 May 2020), the next Doctor Who – The Lost Stories release will be John Lloyd’s Fourth Doctor adventure, The Doomsday Contract.

Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson reprise their roles as the Doctor, Romana and K-9 in a story which was originally intended for production as a Doctor Who television adventure during the show’s seventeenth season. At the time, Douglas Adams (of later Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy fame) was the series’ script editor and flat-mate of John Lloyd. This adaptation (by comedy writer Nev Fountain) is based on Lloyd’s original pitch document featuring extensive notes from Adams himself.

The Doomsday Contract is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition 2-disc box set or download from just £12.99, exclusively at www.bigfinish.com.

Earth – a small, insignificant planet. Entirely devoid of intelligent life.

At least that’s according to the legal documents. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves at the centre of a most unusual trial.

A intergalactic corporation want to bulldoze the planet for a development project. Only a previous court’s preservation document is standing in their way. The Doctor has been summoned as an expert witness. If he can prove Earth contains intelligent life, the whole world will be saved.

But with a fortune at stake… it was never going to be that simple.

Director Nicholas Briggs said: “The Doomsday Contract is a tremendous example of the best kind of story from that era of Doctor Who where the brief was to veer from overt violence and threat to wit and fun. When I was a teenager, I was far too serious for this sort of thing. But what we have in this story is a tremendously witty script by Nev Fountain that made me laugh out loud when I read it. But it’s not simply a comedy. It’s loaded with threat and adventure and brilliant characters all mixed up in a really special story. I loved it.”

Nev Fountain added: “John Lloyd is very pleased to see The Doomsday Contract completed at last, and with Tom Baker, with whom he worked on Blackadder. There’s a bit of a fanboy inside him and he’s excited about it seeing the light of day.”

The Doomsday Contract is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition 2-disc box set or download from just £12.99, exclusively at the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of forthcoming adventures from The Lost Stories range, including both Return of the Cybermen and The Doomsday Contract, from just £25.

Due to scheduling changes, both Fourth Doctor Lost Stories (The Doomsday Contract and Return of the Cybermen) are now due for release in March 2021.

Read the full interview with Nev Fountain in SFX issue 327 (available in shops from 20 May 2020 or online at www.gamesradar.com).

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, The lost stories

7 comments

  • Doug Who

    May 19th, 2020 - 8:33pm

    And then shortly after the way Tom delivers the line “Go away” with utter contempt for Tryst…great stuff! He could really turn on a sixpence!

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  • Nick

    May 18th, 2020 - 8:08pm

    I love this quote from Nightmare: “Oh, my fingers. My arms. My legs. Ah! My everything!”

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  • Nick

    May 18th, 2020 - 6:08pm

    Are we in the minority by loving this season? Oh well glad to be in the minority with you then and yes, what a fantastic tardis team!! Hope we have more audio adventures like this one please. How about the Festival of Death. That would make a fabulous audio drama.

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  • Ronald Binnie

    May 18th, 2020 - 5:41pm

    Fantastic! I was very much in the minority loving season 17 at the time so I’m very pleased it’s another outing for my favourite ‘Who’ team.

    I can see the similarities to Adam’s own ‘Hitchhikers’ opening premise and why it might not have worked on television but as an audio this should be brilliant.

    Really looking forward to both of these ‘lost’ Tom stories.

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    • Nick

      May 18th, 2020 - 6:08pm

      Are we in the minority by loving this season? Oh well glad to be in the minority with you then and yes, what a fantastic tardis team!! Hope we have more audio adventures like this one please. How about the Festival of Death. That would make a fabulous audio drama.

    • Doug Who

      May 18th, 2020 - 6:34pm

      Hi Nick,

      Well at the time the ‘received wisdom’ from fandom was ‘it was all getting too silly’ to quote another institution and Graham Williams, Douglas Adams and Tom weren’t taking ‘Doctor Who’ seriously enough! Seemed to me to be lots of adolescent insecurity about liking what was perceived to be a children’s programme. JNT’s comments about ‘undergraduate humour’ didn’t help either!

      In recent years the Williams years have been thankfully reappraised somewhat as, for me, it was a time when the show was brimming with ideas and originality at a time when it was under immense financial pressure like never before (or in all likelihood since).

      It also features in my opinion the best single line in ‘Who’ ever in “You’re a very beautiful woman…probably!” Blissful!

    • Alex

      May 19th, 2020 - 2:57pm

      Always been my favourite season. Love it to bits.

      The 4th Doctor, 2nd Romana and K-9 Mk II are my “Tardis Team”.

      Can’t wait to hear this. Great to hear it has been brought forward to March 2021. Only 10 months to go. 🙂

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