1963 The Space Race
Colin Baker (The Doctor). Nicola Bryant (Peri), Karen Henson (Larisa Petrov), David Shaw-Parker (General Mikhail Leonov/General Paterson), Tom Alexander (Captain Alexei Kozlov/Lieutenant Andrews), Stuart Denman (Sergeant Leonid Kurakin/Scientist), Samantha Beart (Marinka Talanov/Laika/Female Worker)
November 1963, and the Soviet space programme reigns supreme. Having sent the first animals, then the first men beyond Earth’s atmosphere, now they’re sending a manned capsule into orbit around the Moon.
Just as Vostok Seven passes over into the dark side, however, its life support system fails. Only the intervention of the Sixth Doctor and Peri, adopting the identities of scientists from Moscow University, means that contact with the capsule is regained.
But something has happened to the cosmonaut on board. She appears to have lost her memory, and developed extreme claustrophobia. Maybe she’s not quite as human as she used to be…
- 1963: The Space Race was the one hundred and seventy-ninth story in Big Finish’s monthly range. The second story in the 1963 audio trilogy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
- The Doctor and Petrov discover a human skeleton on the Moon. This is a reference to the urban legend which alleges that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin discovered a skeleton at the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 20 July 1969.
- This story was recorded on 28 and 29 May 2013.
- The Doctor mentions that he once spent several months travelling across China with Marco Polo in 1289 after heating in the TARDIS broke down. (Marco Polo)
- Peri is a vegetarian (Eye of the Scorpion)