Damaged Goods was the sixth story in Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who Novel Adaptations range. It was an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Russell T Davies. It was his first involvement in the Doctor Who universe since Torchwood: Miracle Day in 2011.
Publisher's summary Edit
The year is 1987 and there's a deadly new narcotic on the streets of London. As part of their investigations the Doctor and his companions Chris and Roz move into the Quadrant, a rundown housing estate. An ancient alien menace has been unleashed, a menace somehow linked to a local gang leader known as The Capper, a charmed young boy called Gabriel and his mother Winnie, the enigmatic Frei Foundation, and Eva Jericho, a woman driven to the brink of madness.
As London descends into an apocalyptic nightmare, the Doctor must uncover the truth about the residents of the Quadrant and a desperate bargain made one dark Christmas Eve.
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- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Chris Cwej - Travis Oliver
- Roz Forrester - Yasmin Bannerman
- Winnie Tyler - Michelle Collins
- Eva Jericho - Denise Black
- Bev Tyler - Georgie Fuller
- Gabriel Tyler / Steven Jericho - Tayler Marshall
- Harry Harvey - Richard Hope
- David Daniels - Daniel Brocklebank
- The Capper - Peter Barrett
- Mr Thomas / Doctor Greco - Robert Duncan
- Scott Delaney - Damian Lynch
- The Long Good Friday is one of David's favourite films.
- Chris tells David that there is no taboo about homosexuality in the time he comes from.
- This audio drama was recorded on 28 and 29 July 2014 at The Moat Studios.
- Along with The Well-Mannered War, this story was released in Novel Adaptations Volume 2. Listeners who purchased this version of the release from the Big Finish website received 40 minutes of additional interviews as a download, totalling 90 minutes of content for Damaged Goods and 30 minutes for The Well-Mannered War.
- Although originally intended to be released in May 2015, Big Finish announced an early release for April 13th 2015. However, retailers besides Big Finish did not release the story until May 2015.
- Tom Webster's cover artwork for this story emulates the cover of the original novel.
- This story introduces a new theme for the Seventh Doctor, closer in style to the one used in the TV movie.
- A number of people involved in this story have worked with Russell T Davies before, including Travis Oliver and Michelle Collins who were in series 3 of Doctor Who, Yasmin Bannerman who was in series 1 of Doctor Who and series 1 of Torchwood, and Denise Black who is better known for playing Hazel Tyler in the series Queer as Folk.
- The Doctor says that he is "the definitive article." (TV: Robot)
- The Doctor has never heard of the Torchwood Institute. (TV: Tooth and Claw, et al.)
- The N-Forms were engineered by the Time Lords during the time war against the Great Vampires. (TV: State of Decay) The Doctor is surprised to learn there is another Time War yet to come.
Deviations from the original novel Edit
- The Quadrant is located in London, rather than in the north of England.
- The drug is named SMILE rather than cocaine.
- The opening scenes featuring the Doctor in New York City are cut.
- Chris and David only kiss, rather than having sex.
- Mrs Hearn is excised from the story, although she is referred to.
- The Capper jumps from a building rather than setting himself on fire.
- Mrs Jericho runs Thomas over rather than sticking cutlery in his chest.
- Dr Greco works for the Torchwood Institute rather than the Brotherhood of the Immanent Flesh.
- The N-Forms were activated by the Last Great Time War, rather than the Brotherhood.
- Both Bev and Gabriel survive, whereas in the novel only Gabriel survived in a coma. After Winnie dies, the siblings are adopted by David and Harry, thanks to the Doctor's intervention in the processing of the paperwork.