a real world point of view
|Here There Be Monsters|
|Companion(s):||Susan, Ian, Barbara|
|Main setting:||The Earth Benchmarking Vessel Nevermore|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Release date:||July 2008|
|The Companion Chronicles|
|The Catalyst||The Great Space Elevator|
Publisher's summary Edit
“It was a terrible sound, like someone had just stabbed the Universe and it was crying out in pain”
The distant future. The TARDIS, with the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara aboard, is drawn out of the Vortex and lands aboard the Earth Benchmarking Vessel Nevermore, where Captain Rostrum is navigating by punching holes in the very fabric of space. The Doctor is appalled by this act of vandalism, and fearful that it could unleash monsters from the dark dimensions.
As the benchmarking holes begin to fray, the fate of the universe is at stake. And while the Doctor contemplates a terrible sacrifice, Susan befriends the Nevermore’s First Mate - someone she will remember for the rest of her life…
- Susan claims that having a perfect memory is "the curse of her people."
- When she travelled with her grandfather, Susan was already older than Ian and Barbara combined.
- Despite the Doctor's apparent maturity, Susan knew that in Time Lord terms he would still be considered an adolescent. Susan herself was practically a baby.
- This was the first time that Carole Ann Ford reprised her role as the canonical Susan Foreman for Big Finish Production. However, she had previously played a non-canonical version of Susan in the Doctor Who Unbound stories Auld Mortality and A Storm of Angels.
- This audio drama was recorded on 30 April 2008.
- Susan refers to her departure from Gallifrey with her grandfather, claiming that she was "an accidental passenger." (PROSE: Lungbarrow; COMIC: Time & Time Again)
- Susan has never told her husband David Campbell that she is not human. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Susan wonders if Ian and Barbara ever became a couple. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy; TV: Death of the Doctor)
- Susan recalls the petrified forest on Skaro and her first encounter with the Daleks. (TV: The Daleks)
- The spaceship upon which the TARDIS lands has a jungle in it. Ian suggests that it provides oxygen, similar to the Byzantium's Treeborgs. (TV: Flesh and Stone)
- This is the Doctor's first meeting with live, intelligent vegetation. During his ninth incarnation, he would meet others, namely the Forest of Cheem, on Platform One in the year 5000000000. (TV: The End of the World)
- Susan refers to her time at Coal Hill School. (TV: An Unearthly Child)
- Official Here There Be Monsters page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Here There Be Monsters at the Doctor Who Reference Guide