Starring Nicholas Courtney, Deborah Watling, Jack Watling and Elisabeth Sladen reprising their roles as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Victoria Waterfield, Professor Edward Travers and Sarah Jane Smith, respectively. Written by Marc Platt and Directed by Christopher Barry and Keith Barnfather.
Many years after trying to take over the world, the Great Intelligence is back once more. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, now retired, and Sarah Jane Smith have to stop it, but this time without The Doctor‘s help. Victoria Waterfield and Professor Travers have also returned, but whose side are they really on?
- Fans of the new Doctor Who series know the Great Intelligence as voiced by actor Sir Ian McKellan in the 11th Doctor episodes “The Snowmen,” “The Bells of St. John,” and “The Name of the Doctor.” The Great Intelligence also played a part in classic episodes, however, including “The Abominable Snowmen” and “The Web of Fear.“
- The fan-created Downtime was so popular, though, that it also saw an adaptation in The Doctor Who novels by Virgin Publishing.
- Perhaps the most interesting character to make a first appearance in Downtime is the Brigadier’s daughter, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, a character who has become popular on the new series. In Downtime, actress Beverely Cressman played her, although new Who fans are more familiar with Jemma Redgrave’s version of the character, which made it canon.