The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller
Paul McGann (The Doctor), Sheridan Smith (Lucie Miller), Matt Lloyd Davies (Jik Gelliska), Amanda Hurwitz (Raz Kalisto), Jonathan Keeble (Clegg), Madeline Duggan (Sash), Tom Alexander (George), Alicia Ambrose-Bayly (Tallulah / Alana Kelly), Carla Mendonça (Evangeline Horton), Rupert Vansittart (Darius Horton), Emily Woodward (Frances Horton), Joe Jameson (Berrigan Horton), Carlyss Peer (Diane Howard), Atilla Akinci (Dieter Fendelman), Paul Panting (Freddie), Lauren Cornelius (Maxine Mitchell), Bethan Dixon Bate (Landlady), and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Four new adventures featuring the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller
“It’s a funny thing, livin’ a ‘life or death’ life. Fightin’ monsters. Seein’ alien planets and spaceships and stuff. Thinkin’ about it… it’s sort of addictive.”
It’s been several months since Lucie Miller, Blackpool’s mouthiest, landed up travelling through time and space in the company of The Doctor, the last living person to believe that frock coats are acceptable apparel.
They’ve met Daleks on Red Rocket Rising, Cybermen on the planet Lonsis and alien monsters eating glam rockers at a service station just off the M62. But their greatest adventures are yet to come…
1. The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs
The thing about black holes is, they’re big and they’re black and they’re deadly, and you’d have to be mad to go anywhere near them. Because anything that falls inside a black hole ends up crushed in the singularity.
Unfortunately, The Doctor just went mad, or so it seems, and flew his TARDIS beyond a black hole’s event horizon, causing him and his companion Lucie Miller to end up marooned on a planetoid just inside the event horizon. Along with a Dalek saucer… and something else. Because this is no ordinary black hole…
This is the Cradle of the Darkness.
2. The Revolution Game by Alice Cavender
It’s Lucie’s birthday, and her birthday treat awaits. But whatever she’s expecting, it’s not what she’s getting on the colony world of Castus Sigma in the year 3025: ringside seats for the interplanetary Retro Roller Derby – sponsored by Heliacorp, “turning sunlight into gold”!
It’s more than just a game, though. For the competitors, it’s a matter of life or death – a New Life with Heliacorp, or a living death on Castus Sigma.
Or, on this fateful day, a very actual death. Because there are strange creatures living out on the plain, beyond the colony. Creatures with every reason to want to sabotage the games. Creatures with a grudge.
3. The House on the Edge of Chaos by Eddie Robson
The TARDIS brings The Doctor and Lucie to a vast house on the planet known as Horton’s Orb. The only house on Horton’s Orb, in fact. Outside its outsized windows there’s nothing. No land. No sea. No sky. No life. Just an endless expanse of static.
Inside the house, there’s an upstairs and a downstairs – servants below, gentlefolk from the finest of the house’s families above. Alas, there are altogether too few eligible ladies on the upper floors these days. Meaning there’s a vacancy for Miss Lucie Miller, single and unattached…
Outside the house, the static howls on. Except now, the static wants to get in.
4. Island of the Fendahl by Alan Barnes
The Fendahl is the death of evolution, the horror that lies in wait at the far end of the food chain.
The Fendahl is death itself.
And the Fendahl is dead. The Doctor destroyed it many years ago, in another incarnation, when he encountered it in a place called Fetchborough.
But if the Fendahl is dead… how can it live again, on the remote island of Fandor?
Written By: Nicholas Briggs, Alice Cavender, Eddie Robson and Alan Barnes
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
National treasure Sheridan Smith returns to the role of Lucie Miller in four new adventures with the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) in a brand new box set, due for release in July 2019.
Brash, northern lass Lucie started her journey with the Eighth Doctor back in 2007 in a series simultaneously released by Big Finish and digitally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra (then known as Radio 7). She went on to feature in three more series alongside Paul McGann, culminating in her shattering departure in the 2011 story, To The Death.
“We’ve always had it in mind to bring back Lucie,” reveals Big Finish executive producer Nicholas Briggs. “And we only let her go in the first place because we could see Sheridan’s stratospheric career path approaching.
“But thanks to Big Finish producer Ian Atkins getting her back to record two Short Trips single-voice releases as Lucie, we discovered that Sheridan was really keen to return. And so, script editor Alan Barnes (who created Lucie in the first place), producer Scott Handcock and I started devising The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller.”
Paul McGann, Nicholas Briggs and Sheridan Smith
Producer Scott Handcock says: “I still remember how exciting it was when Lucie Miller burst into the TARDIS on BBC Radio 7, and so it’s a joy to be able to pick up that relationship eight years after Paul and Sheridan last recorded together.
“Of course, they’re both so busy, it took a year and a half to find a time they could record together! But it’s been absolutely worth the wait. They slipped effortlessly back into the old dynamic, and it’s a treat to hear these brand-new adventures with The Doctor and Lucie!”
“I have always been clear that I wouldn’t reverse the finality of Lucie’s departure,” continues Nick. “That would somehow seem like cheating and would lessen the emotional impact of what we did. So my plan was always to revisit Lucie earlier on in her adventures with the Eighth Doctor. It’s pretty much what we do with every classic companion-and-Doctor pairing, so why not do it with Lucie?”
The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller is set between the first and second series of her adventures. “That’s between Human Resources and Dead London,” clarifies Nick. “Although it becomes very clear, very quickly that she and The Doctor have had many adventures after Human Resources before we meet her in the first of our new stories.”
Lucie Miller’s further adventures are…
The Dalek Trap by Nicholas Briggs
The Revolution Game by Alice Cavender
The House on the Edge of Chaos by Eddie Robson
Island of the Fendahl by Alan Barnes
The Dalek Trap sees The Doctor behaving distinctly out of character, and Lucie having to take control to thwart the Daleks and a mysterious force of ‘Darkness’. In The Revolution Game, there’s something sinister happening in a far-flung future Earth colony – and Lucie is forced to partake in a perilous rollerskating contest! The House on the Edge of Chaos finds The Doctor and Lucie trapped in a bizarre building, packed with eccentric, social-class-obsessed characters and an emerging alien foe like no other. And in the final adventure, Island of the Fendahl, the classic Doctor Who creature the Fendahl makes its first appearance on audio since the original TV story Image of the Fendahl (1977, starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson).
“The dynamic between Sheridan and Paul was always brilliant,” says Nick. “So it was genuinely moving to see the two of them working together again. Sheridan walked straight into her old recording booth without any hesitation and without anyone guiding her to it. It was like she and Paul had been recording together only the day before. There was a brief moment, when I observed them through the control room window, having their reunion. I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but I just saw them hold each other’s faces in each other’s hands. Big smiles, heartfelt emotions, and then they were straight into their first scene. A truly magical moment.”
This box set forms part of a celebration of 20 years of Doctor Who on audio from Big Finish Productions, alongside box sets of adventures for each incarnation of the beloved Time Lord – more news on each Doctor’s tale will be revealed next year.
In addition, The Legacy of Time is a multi-Doctor crossover special adventure being released in the 20th anniversary month, July 2019.
The Further Adventures of Lucie Miller, which includes four adventures and a disc of extended extras, will also be released in July 2019 and can be pre-ordered now for £25 on CD or £20 on download, only available from Big Finish.
And to celebrate the return of Lucie Miller, and to give you a chance to catch up on the first series of Eighth Doctor Adventures, from now until midday (UK time) Monday 3rd September 2018, you can buy the stories in series one of the Eighth Doctor Adventures on CD at £5.50 each on CD or £1.99 on download, or you can get the whole set in a bundle at £40 on CD or just £14 on download.