The Ultimate Adventure
23 March 1989
The Doctor: Jon Pertwee (to 3/6, except 29/4), David Banks (29/4)*, Colin Baker (from 5/6)†; Jason: Graeme Smith (to 15/7, except 21-23/4), David Bingham (21-23/4, from 17/7); Crystal: Rebeca Thornhill; Delilah / Mrs T: Judith Hibbert; Karl: David Banks (except 29/4), Chris Beaumont (29/4); Cyberleader: Wolf Christian; Emperor Dalek: Troy Webb; Dalek Voices: Chris Beaumont, Troy Webb; U.S. Envoy: Chris Beaumont; M.C.: David Bingham (to 15/7, except 21-23/4), Oliver Gray (from 17/7); Envoy’s Wife: Claudia Kelly; Bell Boy: Stephanie Colburn; U.S. Bodyguards: Troy Webb, Deborah Hecht; Mercenaries: Terry Walsh (to 24/6), Alison Reddihough, Oliver Gray (26/6 to 15/7), Gavin Warwick (from 15/7); Cybermen: Paula Tappenden, Oliver Gray (to 24/6), Gavin Warwick (from 17/7); Cybermen Voices: Oliver Gray; Insect Men: Claudia Kelly, Troy Webb, Alison Reddihough; Zog: Stephanie Colburn; Waitress: Deborah Hecht; Ant-Person: Claudia Kelly; Martial Arts Mercenary: Troy Webb; Vervoid: David Bingham (to 15/7, except 22-23/4), Gavin Warwick (from 17/7); Chicken-Headed Alien: Paula Tappenden; Hairy Alien: Chris Beaumont (except 29/4); Draconian: Wolf Christian; Daleks: David Bingham (to 15/7, except 21-23/4), Oliver Gray, Troy Webb, Deborah Hecht, Gavin Warwick (from 17/7); Chief Dalek: Paula Tappenden; Dalek Scientist: Chris Beaumont; Executioner: Alison Reddihough; Execution Victim: David Bingham (to 15/7, except 21-23/4), Gavin Warwick (from 17/7); Duelling Guards: Terry Walsh (to 24/6), Wolf Christian, Oliver Gray (from 26/6); Ragamuffin: Claudia Kelly; French Women: Paula Tappenden, Deborah Hecht, Judith Hibbert; French Men: Chris Beaumont, Troy Webb, Oliver Gray (to 26/6), David Bingham (to 15/7, except 21-23/4), Gavin Warwick (from 17/7); Customers: Wolf Christian, Claudia Kelly, Troy Webb, Paula Tappenden, Oliver Gray (to 15/7), Alison Reddihough, Gavin Warwick (from 17/7).
|Written by||Terrance Dicks|
|Directed by||Carole Todd|
The Daleks and the Cybermen form an alliance to kidnap the American Envoy and ruin a peace conference on Earth. The Doctor meets a new companion, a Frenchman called Jason. After they fail to stop the Cybermen taking the US Envoy from a nightclub, they are joined by a singer named Crystal who works there. After a trip to Altair Three and then the Bar Galactica, they meet Madame Delilah but are forced to flee along with a small furry creature called Zog.
The travellers are captured briefly by the Daleks. They navigate the ship through an asteroid field before making a series of short trips, then confront the Dalek Emperor. The Doctor tricks the Emperor into revealing that the Daleks intend to betray the Cybermen and a battle breaks out between the two. Returning to Earth, The Doctor realises the US Envoy is under Dalek influence and programmed to destroy London with a Dalekanium bomb. The Doctor breaks his conditioning and defuses the bomb by putting it in a teapot..
- Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure was a musical stage play that ran from 23 March to 19 August 1989.
- The inclusion of the Cybermen by playwright Terrance Dicks is ironic given his stated distaste for them in commentary on the 2008 DVD release of the Five Doctors.
- Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor costume was heavily redesigned for the stage.
Associated merchandise included: glossy brochure (updated half-way through the run to feature Colin Baker), clocks, posters, badges, baseball caps, colour photographs and t-shirts,
- Terrance Dicks has stated that he intended to write a novelisation of the play, but Target Books chose not to publish it.
- In 2008, Big Finish Productions produced an audio drama version of the play, complete with the original score. Colin Baker reprised the role of the Sixth Doctor while David Banks reprised the role of Karl..