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Minuet in Hell (audio story)

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Minuet in Hell
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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Charley
Featuring: The Brig
Main enemy: Marchosias, Brigham Elisha Dashwood III, Senator Waldo Pickering
Main setting: Malebolgia, USA, 2003
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Alan W. Lear with Gary Russell
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Music: William Allen
Sound: Nicholas Briggs
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 19
Release date: April 2001
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 8E
ISBN 1-903654-05-X
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Minuet in Hell was the nineteenth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. This was the first audio story to feature Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart played by Nicholas Courtney opposite Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor. It was the second Big Finish audio story that Nicholas Courtney had reprised his role as the Brigadier. The first was in 2000 opposite Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in The Spectre of Lanyon Moor.

Publisher's summary Edit

The twenty-first century has just begun, and Malebolgia is enjoying its status as the newest state in America. After his successful involvement with Scotland's devolution, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart has been invited over to Malebolgia to offer some of his experiences and expertise.

There he encounters the charismatic Brigham Elisha Dashwood III, an evangelical statesman running for Governor who may not be quite as clean-cut and wholesome as he makes out. One of Dashwood's other roles in society is as patron of a new medical institute, concentrating on curing the ills of the human mind. One of the patients there interests the Brigadier — someone who claims he travels through space and time in something called a TARDIS.

Charley, however, has more than a few problems of her own. Amnesiac, she is working as a hostess at the local chapter of the Hell Fire Club, populated by local dignitaries who have summoned forth the demon Marchosias. And the leader of the Club? None other than Dashwood, who seems determined to achieve congressional power by the most malevolent means at his disposal...

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  • Hell is mentioned in the legends of Gallifrey.

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Lee Sullivan BF 8 4 Minuet in Hell

Illustration by Lee Sullivan from DWM 303.

  • Minuet in Hell is a remake of the Audio Visuals audio drama of the same name with various aspects from Lear's other Audio Visuals works The Cloud of Fear and Planet of Lies incorporated into the new script.
  • Part one of this story was voted Most Popular Episode of 2001 by the cast and crew of Big Finish.
  • The date for this story was identified as 2003 in AUDIO: Neverland.
  • This story marks the first meeting between the Eighth Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 19 May and 2 July 2000 at studios in Bristol.
  • An illustrated preview of this story appeared in DWM 303 illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
  • This story foreshadows the Fifth Doctor and Turlough's encounter with werewolves in Brazil in 2080, as depicted in AUDIO: Loups-Garoux, which was released one month later.
  • The initial printing of this adventure featured an inverted pentagram on the cover. After receiving complaints from people about the imagery, producer Gary Russell had it changed to an upright pentagram. [1]

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