Minuet in Hell (audio story)
|Minuet in Hell|
|Main enemy:||Marchosias, Brigham Elisha Dashwood III, Senator Waldo Pickering|
|Main setting:||Malebolgia, USA, 2003|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Alan W. Lear with Gary Russell|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||April 2001|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Stones of Venice||Loups-Garoux|
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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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney
- Brigham Elisha Dashwood III - Robert Jezek
- Senator Waldo Pickering - Morgan Deare
- Becky Lee Kowalczyck - Helen Goldwyn
- Dr Dale Pargeter - Maureen Oakeley
- Gideon Crane - Nicholas Briggs
- Orderly - Hylton Collins
- Guard - Alistair Lock
- Scott - Barnaby Edwards
- Hell is mentioned in the legends of Gallifrey.
- Gideon Crane tests the Doctor by listing a range of his former companions — "Charley, Sam, Ace, Evelyn, Nyssa, Romana, Sarah Jane, Jamie, Polly, Ian, Barbara and Susan... dear, dear Susan."
- Charley has read the novel Dracula.
- Charley says that her father Lord Richard Pollard is a stockbroker.
- The Brigadier refers to Doris.
- The Brigadier mentions Doomwatch.
- 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. 
- William Allen's score to this story was released on the CD Music from the Eighth Doctor Audio Adventures, alongside the other three initial Eighth Doctor audios.
- This story is the only one of the Eighth Doctor's initial set of stories not to be broadcast on BBC Radio 7, due to its adult themes.
- The Brigadier uses a secure laptop to communicate with the Ministry of Defence. This is likely the same laptop that he would later use to communicate with NATO. (AUDIO: The Wasting)
- After leaving Venice in 2294, the Doctor decided that it was time that he visited his American friend Dr. Grace Holloway. (TV: Doctor Who)
- The Doctor tells Charley that he once attempted to convince U.S. President Abraham Lincoln not to go to the theatre. However, the Sixth Doctor and his companion Evelyn Smythe ensured that Lincoln would be assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre on 14 April 1865. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight)
- Gideon Crane refers to the Fifth Doctor and Turlough's encounter with "lupine activity" in Brazil in 2080 (AUDIO: Loups-Garoux), the Second Doctor's companion Victoria Waterfield leaving the TARDIS to live with Frank and Maggie Harris (TV: Fury from the Deep) and the Blinovitch Limitation Effect (TV: Day of the Daleks, Mawdryn Undead) to test the actual Doctor's identity.
- The Brigadier mentions that he has fought demons before. (TV: The Dæmons, Battlefield)
- Gideon Crane recalls the Seventh Doctor and the Master's conversation about differing perspectives and the definition of madness and sanity. (AUDIO: Master)
- Becky Lee's abilities resemble those of the empath Vincent Wheaton. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead)
- Charley mentions to Becky Lee the events from AUDIO: Storm Warning, says she was on a spaceship (AUDIO: Sword of Orion) and in Venice in the future (AUDIO: The Stones of Venice).
- The Doctor experienced amnesia before in his eighth incarnation. (TV: Doctor Who)
- Official Minuet in Hell page at bigfinish.com; note that it is out of print and is available as download only.
- Minuet in Hell at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Minuet in Hell at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide