a real world point of view
|Embrace the Darkness|
|Main enemy:||The Cimmerians (redeem themselves)|
|Main setting:||Cimmeria IV, the Cimmerian System|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||April 2002|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Seasons of Fear||The Time of the Daleks|
Embrace the Darkness was the thiry-first monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the fourth in a series of six audio stories featuring the Eighth Doctor. It featured the Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard.
In a fight for survival, the Doctor must use all his wits against a deadly artificial life-form and an ancient race whose return to the Cimmerian System threatens suffering and death on an apocalyptic scale.
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- Orllensa - Nicola Boyce
- Mike Ferras - Lee Moone
- Haliard - Mark McDonnell
- ROSM / Solarian / Cimmerian / Astrov - Ian Brooker
- Cimmerian Voice - Nicholas Briggs
- The Doctor refers to Charley as his best friend.
- The Doctor tells Orllensa that he has spent much of his life being told that he was mad.
- Charley's body contains potentially carcinogenic cells, which leads ROSM to order her termination. The Doctor attributes this to the fact that she comes from a time when humans did not genetically modify themselves. Given that she is from 1930, Charley is unfamiliar with the term "genetics".
- Type 70 TARDISes emit a particular temporal energy discharge signature.
- Charley knows how to access the TARDIS' databank.
- ROSM is an acronym for Rescue Operational Security Module. It was designed by Professor Astrov.
- Humans once used ships equipped with solar sails to navigate through space. This practice was later documented on history vids.
- Charley refers to ROSM as a "talking adding machine."
- The Doctor is aware of several species who refer to themselves as the Solarians.
- According to the Doctor, every civilisation has legends of healers who can cure illness and infirmity by touch.
Cultural references from the real world
- Charley refers to watching the yachts coming in from the Cowes regatta.
- The Doctor gives ROSM a non-sequitur answer "I have no bananas today." This is in reference to the 20th century song "Yes! We Have No Bananas".
- The name "ROSM" is likely a reference to the play "R.U.R.", also known as "Rossum's Universal Robots", which is credited as introducing the word "robot" to the English language.
- The name "Cimmeria" may be a reference to the homeland of Conan the Barbarian in the stories of Robert E. Howard.
- This story was originally to have featured the Morestrans (who appeared in TV: Planet of Evil) instead of the Throxillians, but the rights could not be obtained from the BBC.
- Nicola Boyce (Orllensa) would later play Viola Learman in AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks and Taris in AUDIO: Neverland.
- Mark McDonnell (Haliard) would later play Alby Brook in Dalek Empire I and Dalek Empire II: Dalek War and Liam Barnaby in Cyberman and Cyberman 2.
- This audio drama was recorded on 22, 25 and 26 January 2001.
- ROSM detects the Anti-Time infection in Charley's system but is unable to recognise it. (AUDIO: Neverland)
- The Doctor runs into a flotilla of Type 70 TARDISes in the Time Vortex and steers around them. He later learns the reasons for their presence from Lady President Romana during the Anti-Time Crisis. (AUDIO: Neverland)
- The Celestial Toymaker would later refer to the Solarians in a riddle while Charley was playing his games in the Celestial Toyroom. (AUDIO: Solitaire)
- Official Embrace the Darkness page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Embrace the Darkness at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Embrace the Darkness at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide