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Cuddlesome (audio story)

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Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Featuring: Angela Wisher
Main enemy: The Tinghus,
New Cuddlesomes
Main setting: Hove, England, 2008 and 2011
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nigel Fairs
Director: Barnaby Edwards
Release details
Release number: 6
Release date: March 2008
Format: 2 Episodes on 1 CD
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Cuddlesome was a 2008 audio drama starring the Fifth Doctor. A remake of an Audio Visuals story of the same title, it was released on an audio CD included with Doctor Who Magazine issue 393. It was re-released as free content on the Big Finish Podcast on 3 August 2011, and was put on Big Finish's Soundcloud in 2012.

Publisher's summary Edit

Do you remember the '80s? The Rubik's cube... Duran Duran ... deelyboppers ... and the Cuddlesomes — pink vampire hamsters, the must-have toy of twenty-three Christmases ago.

For so long now, the Cuddlesomes have been forgotten, lying in attics and junk shops. But now they're waking up. And they want to give us all a cuddle. A long, slow, deadly cuddle...

Landing in an England gripped by a strange new plague, the Doctor is soon on the Cuddlesomes' trail. But the toys are just part of a twisted plan to wipe out a whole generation...

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  • The Inland Revenue had Turvey arrested on charges of tax fraud.
  • The Doctor was trying to land in Brighton in 1818.
  • The new Cuddlesomes use jargon and catchphrases similar to those associated with the cartoon character of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons.
  • The Doctor learned how to tackle from William Webb Ellis.
  • The Doctor once had a bear, but he had to release it when it started eating the furniture.

Notes Edit

  • This story was originally produced as an unofficial Audio Visuals production, with Nicholas Briggs as the Doctor. Briggs provides the voice of a newsreader in the remake.
  • Angela Wisher is named as a tribute to the late Michael Wisher, who played Ronald Turvey in the original Audio Visuals version of Cuddlesome. He is best known for originating the role of Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in TV: Genesis of the Daleks.
  • The story includes a reference to eBay. The Doctor also makes use of the early 1990s catchphrase "hammer time." At one point, he also insists on driving a woman's car after she has had too much to drink, one of the few occasions since the Fourth Doctor gave up Bessie (TV: Robot) that the Doctor has driven a vehicle.
  • Cuddlesome was released on a free CD offered with Doctor Who Magazine #393, along with Director's cut of Part One of The Mutant Phase. Davison was featured on the cover of the magazine, which included coverage of his appearance in the Time Crash mini-episode.

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