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Invaders from Mars (audio story)

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Invaders from Mars
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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Charley
Main enemy: Laiderplacker, Cosmo Devine
Main setting: New York City and New Jersey, 30-31 October 1938
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Mark Gatiss
Music: Alistair Lock
Sound: Alistair Lock
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 28
Release date: January 2002
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 8F
ISBN 1-903654-57-2
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Invaders from Mars was the twenty-eighth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the first in a series of 6 audio stories that begins the second "season" of Eighth Doctor stories. It featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard.

Publisher's summary Edit

Hallowe'en 1938.

A month after a mysterious meteorite lit up the skies of New York State, Martian invaders laid waste to the nation. At least, according to soon-to-be infamous Orson Welles they did. But what if some of the panicked listeners to the legendary The War of the Worlds broadcast weren't just imagining things?

Attempting to deliver Charley to her rendezvous in Singapore 1930, the Eighth Doctor overshoots a little, arriving in Manhattan just in time to find a dead private detective. Indulging his gumshoe fantasies, the Doctor is soon embroiled in the hunt for a missing Russian scientist whilst Charley finds herself at the mercy of a very dubious Fifth Columnist.

With some genuinely out of this world "merchandise" at stake, the TARDIS crew are forced into an alliance with a sultry dame called Glory Bee, Orson Welles himself and a mobster with half a nose known as "the Phantom".

And slowly and surely, something is drawing plans against them. Just not very good ones...

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Illustration preview by Martin Geraghty in DWM 313

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Notes Edit

  • The first episode was specially released as a bonus on the original CD of The Ratings War.
  • The title references the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from Mars.
  • One of Houseman's lines — "George, what are you doing with those keys?" — is aimed at George Coulouris, who appeared in Welles' broadcast as well as Citizen Kane and later starred as Arbitan in The Keys of Marinus.
  • The headline on the Invaders from Mars cover is from a real newspaper reporting the War of the Worlds panic. The imitation poster on the CD booklet was drawn by Mark Gatiss.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 16 and 17 January 2001.

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