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February 19th, 2021 9 comments

Doctor Who Lost Stories The Doomsday Contract

With the Doctor as my witness!

It could be the end of the world as we know it in The Doomsday Contract, the lost Fourth Doctor adventure brought to life on audio by Big Finish.

Set for release in March 2021, the trailer is released today for the forthcoming Doctor Who: The Lost Stories release. Based on an initial 1979 story treatment developed by TV comedy producer John Lloyd for the television show’s seventeenth season, The Doomsday Contract is an adaption by comedy writer Nev Fountain.

This full-cast audio drama features the original lead actors, with Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson reprising their roles as the Doctor, Romana and K-9. It tells the story of how the Doctor must take the stand to save the Earth – once again…

Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: 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.

An 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.

Writer Nev Fountain said: “This has been ten years or so in the making, yet it suddenly seems to have appeared from nowhere – like the Improbability Drive in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! – and I was very excited to adapt it. Tom Baker is the Doctor I watched most in my childhood. I hadn’t written for Tom before so this was really exciting.”

“John Lloyd is a genius, he’s a comedy god, and there’s all of his great stuff there. And Douglas Adams’s notes are there in the margins. You’re working with Douglas as a script editor on John’s work – that’s just as exciting as writing for Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson! It works on both levels for me, as a writer and a fan.”

Of the script, Lalla Ward said: “It very much takes me back to the early days of Doctor Who. I think one of the great things about Doctor Who is that it can be so many things – the larky, funny version some of the time and then the deeply serious, techno stuff for people who like that too – I don’t think there are any limitations. And Tom is a force of nature who doesn’t stop where anyone else would, he is always incredible inventive and energetic.”

Tom Baker added: “The script is a very witty and comical sermon telling us ‘Excuse me, if you don’t think about certain things a little bit more, you’re heading for disaster!’ Underneath all the jokes (and some of them are very good!), there is a very, very serious nudge about being serious about survival.”

John Leeson said: “This was enormous fun. I never really know how things are going to turn out, but when you’re in the studios – when they’re voiced and you get the whole thing – it’s a different experience altogether. I greatly look forward to coming to do these sessions, I really do. Doctor Who is off the wall stuff, it’s amazing, great fun!”

Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: 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.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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

9 comments

  • Doug Who

    February 19th, 2021 - 3:09pm

    Just can’t wait for this!

    It was interesting to hear Sadie Miller on the ‘Return of the Cybermen’ trailer…not a huge fan of recasting iconic roles personally but this time it might just work…it’s a lovely tribute to her mum too.

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  • Coleman

    February 19th, 2021 - 1:13pm

    If your planning a development project, Since the universe is so vast wouldn’t it be easier to go round Earth instead of having to bulldoze it.

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  • 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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