The fourth series of Doctor Who: The Early Adventures continues this month with The Outliers.
The range tells stories featuring the First and Second Doctors, read by their respective companions; the latest series focuses on Patrick Troughton’s incarnation of the Time Lord, and The OUtliers stars Anneke Wills as Polly Wright, Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon (and the Doctor), and Elliot Chapman as Ben Jackson, who was originally played on TV by the late, great Michael Craze.
Here’s the synopsis:
The TARDIS takes the Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie to a flooded underground town on an alien world. The streets are empty. The houses are bare. Not a trace of life.
The miners working here are vanishing. And it isn’t long before the time-travellers are suspected of being responsible for the disappearances. But even the authorities haven’t fully realised the scale of the problem.
There’s something else on this world. Something dragging people away. And it won’t stop until it’s taken them all.
Writer, Simon Guerrier says:
“The Outliers was the result of me wanting to write something for Ben Jackson, having not given him much to do in my last one, The Yes Men, because I didn’t expect the part to be recast, let alone by someone as talented as Elliot (Chapman). So I was thinking about a story that might suit Ben, and that him being a sailor it should be set on a boat.
“I then remembered the great scene towards the end of Jaws, the night before Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss face the giant shark, where they sit up drinking on their boat comparing war stories. So I watched Jaws again for the first time in years, and realised there was lots more I could plunder.
“It’s set in the long gap between The Macra Terror and The Faceless Ones (I assume it’s long given how much Polly’s hair grows between them!), and after The Yes Men.”
Directed by Lisa Bowerman, the story also Alistair Petrie as Richard Tipple, Debbie Chazen as Dr Goro, and Matilda Ziegler as Chatura Sharma.
Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Outliers is out now, priced £14.99 on CD or £10.99 as a download.