Doom Coalition 1
Doom Coalition 1
Paul McGann (The Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair), Mark Bonnar (The Eleven), Robert Bathurst, Caroline Langrishe, Ramon Tikaram, David Yelland, John Woodvine, Harry Myers, Esther Hall and Matthew Cottle
1.1 The Eleven by Matt Fitton
The Eleven. A Time Lord whose previous personalities live on in his mind: arguing, plotting, jostling for supremacy… He is also Gallifrey’s most dangerous criminal. And he has escaped.
The Doctor is recalled to his homeworld to lead the hunt. As they search the Capitol’s corridors of power, the Academy halls and the cells of the highest security penitentiary, Liv realises the worst monsters may be among The Doctor’s own people.
For inside his fractured mind, the Eleven has a plan. And its deadly consequences will extend through space and time…
1.2 The Red Lady by John Dorney
An anomaly in time brings The Doctor and Liv to London in the 1960s, where they meet a young lady named Helen Sinclair – desperately trying to make a name for herself in the face of sexism and prejudice.
Whilst The Doctor tried to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artefact, a far deadlier mystery awaits Liv and Helen in the collection of a recently deceased antiquarian.
Because that’s where they find the Red Lady. Because if you do, you might not like what you see.
1.3 The Galileo Trap by Marc Platt
Helen Sinclair doesn’t know what hit her. One moment she was trapped in a dead-end job in 1960s London, and now she is transported back to Renaissance Italy over three centuries before. Florence is a city in turmoil. A new plague stalks the streets. A ferocious behemoth rampages through the vineyards. And Galileo Galilei, celebrated scientist, astronomer and old friend of the Doctor, is imprisoned in his own villa for heresy.
But why has Galileo summoned The Doctor? Who are the mysterious Fortuna and Cleaver? Why have they been sent to Earth? And what is Galileo’s secret? Is it the last thing he saw before he went blind?
1.4 The Satanic Mill by Edward Collier
The Satanic Mill – a vast Victorian factory floating in the deep of space.
As The Doctor closes in on his quarry, long buried animosities come boiling to the surface on this ancient and powerful satellite, in a final confrontation that could have unimaginable consequences.
And even that is only the beginning…
Doctor Who: Doom Coalition is an epic saga that will four box sets (a total of sixteen episodes) forming one breathtaking inter-connecting saga that will push The Doctor’s bravery and resourcefulness to its limits.
“The overall story of Doom Coalition was devised by myself and Ken Bentley over the course of many walks to the studio, ” says producer David Richardson, “Our framework has been fleshed out by a fantastic team of writers, and realised by a brilliant cast – and I can’t wait for the roller-coaster to begin in October!”
“Doom Coalition is unlike anything we’ve attempted before, ” says director Ken Bentley. “It’s on a scale that we hope will satisfy loyal listeners. It’s also a new, completely stand-alone adventure, making it a great place to start if you’re listening to Doctor Who on audio for the very first time.”
The first box set will see a new addition to the TARDIS team when gifted philologist Helen Sinclair steps aboard in the second episode.
“Helen is from 1963, ” explains David. “She was, in part, inspired by Doctor Who’s first producer Verity Lambert – she’s a driven, career-minded woman in a male-dominated profession. And she’s a head-strong and capable companion in the mould of Barbara Wright, Sarah Jane Smith and Tegan Jovanka.”
Helen is played by Hattie Morahan, whose many leading credits include Bodies, Eternal Law, The Bletchley Circle and the upcoming film Mr Holmes.
“Hattie had been on our radar for some time and we’d been waiting for the right role to come along. When we were recording Dark Eyes 4 Hattie’s name came up during conversation and Paul got very enthusiastic, telling us how much he’d like to work with her. The pieces just fell into place. It was the most effortless casting ever!”
Doom Coalition ’s first episode also introduces a brand new villain – albeit one that The Doctor has been batting throughout his lives… The Eleven is a Time Lord who retains each one of his personalities every time he regenerates, now in his Eleventh incarnation, he is an insane sociopath. Captured by the Seventh Doctor and placed in confinement on Gallifrey, the Eleven has been contained for many years. But now he has escaped…
The Eleven is played by Mark Bonnar, who was recently seen in Channel 4’s Catastrophe, and won critical acclaim in The Line of Duty. His other leading credits include Shetland, Psychoville and Paradox.