Sylvester McCoy (the Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Beth Chalmers (Raine Creevy), Paterson Joseph (Victor Espinosa), Nadine Marshall (Shepstay), Basher Savage (Yanikov), Ingrid Oliver (Lt Baraki), John Banks (Metatraxi), Alex Mallinson (Grub)
Welcome aboard the space vessel Vancouver. Its mission: to guard a vast shipment of grain from Earth to the planet Safenesthome.
Its Captain is called Ace. She seems a little unsure of herself. In fact, some might almost think she was new to the job.
Its medical officer is called simply ‘The Doctor’, and he’s perhaps not all he seems either.
When mysterious ships target the Vancouver, Ace and the Doctor are pushed to the limit. Meanwhile, there’s something nasty in the grain containers. And it’s not very happy.
- Earth Aid was a release in The Lost Stories range, featuring the Seventh Doctor.
- Raine Creevy is based on Raine Cunningham, the companion who was intended to come after Ace in the unproduced season 27. A feature in DWM 255 gave the character the name Kate Tollinger, but according to an interview with script editor Andrew Cartmel in DWM 433, the character was always intended to be named Raine. Cartmel had since discovered someone of the name Raine Cunningham existed in real life and changed the character’s family name.
- Paterson Joseph (Victor Espinosa) previously played Rodrick in Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways.
- This audio drama was recorded on 4 and 5 October 2010.
- Ace mentions that she almost became a cheetah on one occasion. (Survival)
- Ace is once again angered at being called small. (Remembrance Of The Daleks)