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Embrace the Darkness (audio story)

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Embrace the Darkness
Embrace the Darkness cover
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Charley
Main enemy: The Cimmerians
Main setting: Cimmeria IV, the Cimmerian System
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nicholas Briggs
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 31
Release date: April 2002
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 8J
ISBN 1-903654-60-2
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Embrace the Darkness was the thirty-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.

Publisher's summary Edit

The Doctor and Charley travel to the remote Cimmerian System to unravel the mystery of its sun. But darkness has already embraced the scientific base on Cimmeria IV in more ways than one.

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.

Plot Edit

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Illustration preview by Martin Geraghty in DWM 316

Cast Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • 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.

Biology Edit

  • 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".


Technology Edit

  • 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."

Species Edit

  • 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.

Planets Edit

Cultural references from the real world Edit

  • 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.

Notes Edit

Continuity Edit

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