In the latest Doctor Who Main Range title, the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) meets a famous face from history, whose work graces the skin of the UK!
Iron Bright features the Time Lord’s meeting with influential engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and it should come as no surprise to anyone living in Somerset that writer, Chris Chapman was inspired by the city of Bristol. He says:
“I’d recently moved to Bristol, and you can’t move round here for references to that engineer extraordinaire, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. As well as his glorious Suspension Bridge, he’s got museums, streets, even sandwich shops named after him! So I thought he might be a fascinating historical figure to throw into Doctor Who – taking my lead from the Russell T Davies era ‘celebrity historicals’!”
James MacCallum plays Brunel while Christopher Fairbank plays his son, Marc. They’re joined by Catherine Bailey as Tan, Imogen Church as Rispa/ Lady Raffles, Becky Wright as Flo Hawkins/ Alayna, Anthony Townsend as Richard Beamish/ John Chubb, Sam Woodward as Charlie/ Lord Raffles/ Captain Sanderson, and Richard Unwin as the Tour Guide/ Scientist.
Here’s the synopsis:
It’s London, 1828, and the father-and-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel are masterminding a dangerous project – the digging of the Thames Tunnel. There’s just one problem…
The Brunels’ tunnel is haunted. Every night, a spectral blue lady walks the excavation.
Now, the 22-year-old Isambard, eager to step out of his famous father’s shadow, finds himself dealing with not only the supposed supernatural, but a second unexpected guest – a colourful trespasser who calls himself ‘The Doctor’.
Isambard would like to know a great deal more about this strange man and his mysterious blue box…
As you might’ve noticed from the above image, it’s also the first Main Range story to have the new Doctor Who logo on its cover. For anyone who finds this jarring, the leaflet can fortunately be reversed, with the other side featuring the relevant 1980s design.
Directed by John Ainsworth, Iron Bright is out now from Big Finish, priced £14.99 on CD or £12.99 as a download.