We are very pleased to announce that the range editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart series has written a new audio drama for Big Finish’s New Counter-Measures series.
The New Counter-Measures follows a team of investigators looking into unexplained events in the UK. The team was first introduced in the 1988 Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch. The team has been referenced several times in the Lethbridge-Stewart books, with Ian Gilmore, the military man in the team, appearing in the short story, The Dogs of War.
Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I’m no stranger to the team, Gilmore in particular, having written for him once before. I’ve watched Remembrance of the Daleks more times than I count, and listened to the majority of the Counter-Measures series, so it was a great pleasure to write for these characters properly. Finding their voices was scarily easy, even Sir Toby, who was created especially for the series.”
Producer David Richardson tells us what it was like to bring back the Yeti: “We were delighted to reach agreement with the Haisman Estate to use the Yeti in our productions, with the hope to make a special production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first appearance in Doctor Who, in 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen. This time it’s not the Brigadier and his troops facing the Great Intelligence, but the crack team of Counter-Measures – but once again the Yeti are on the loose in Central London, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.”
On bringing the Great Intelligence to Big Finish, Andy says: “I had literally just finished writing Night of the Intelligence when the call came asking me to come up with a story for The New Counter-Measures. Time was an issue, and David was keen we echo the tone of The Web of Fear. Knowing I had only a limited cast enabled me to keep the story smaller and, hopefully, more immediate than I would with my novels. Having created the official backstory of the Intelligence for the Haisman Estate, it was important to me to incorporate some that history into the story.”
Along with the Great Intelligence, Professor Travers makes his Big Finish debut. Which, due to the fact that the actor who originated the character passed away in 2001, meant recasting was a necessity.
David continues: “I was very keen to cast Tim Bentinck as Travers – Tim is a terrific actor, and I knew he would pay great homage to the late, great Jack Watling. In fact, he’s spent recent weeks watching the DVD of The Web of Fear, getting under the skin of this iconic character.”
Script editor, John Dorney, told us more, “It’s amazing to think that the Yeti only appeared in two Doctor Who serials on tv (well, three if you count The Five Doctors), and for decades only two of their episodes could even be seen – and yet they’ve always held a special place in the heart of fandom. The first Doctor Who novelisation I ever bought was The Abominable Snowmen, so it’s an honour to help bring them back to the worlds of Doctor Who!”
You can pre-order this release, out in December 2017, at £30 on CD or £25 on download.
You can now buy The Dogs of War, which sees Counter-Measures’ Ian Gilmore team up with the Brigadier, on Amazon Kindle for only £1.29.
The New Counter-Measures series two:
1. The Splintered Man by Roland Moore
When a Spanish scientist kills himself in an explosion at a secret test facility, Counter-Measures are called in to salvage anything they can from the wreckage. But someone else is stalking the scene – and they’re determined that whatever is lost will stay lost.
2. The Ship of the Sleepwalkers by Christopher Hatherall
The Counter-Measures team wake on a luxury cruise, with no knowledge of how and when they got onboard. Who has brought them here, and why?
3. My Enemy’s Enemy by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Glamorous international arms dealer, Lady Suzanne Clare, has come to town and is offering herself into the hands of Counter-Measures. But can their former nemesis ever really be trusted?
4. Time of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen
A strange voice is interrupting TV broadcasts across the capital, and bear like creatures are raiding factories, stealing equipment and killing guards. An old enemy of London has returned. And there’s only one team that can stop it.
Written By: Roland Moore, Christopher Hatherall, Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky, Andy Frankham-Allen
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers), Tam Williams (Doctor Javier Santos), Dan Starkey (Doctor Henry Cording), Beatriz Romilly (Mariana Lopez), Cory English (Ted Hunter), Caroline Harker (Dr Jayne Smythe), Carolyn Seymour (Lady Suzanne Clare), Leighton Pugh (Bernard/ Freddie), Lisa Diveney (Doctor Norma Vine), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers/ The Great Intelligence), Charlie Anson (Reece Goff/ Jacob)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Creative Director of the Haisman Literary Estate: Andy Frankham-Allen