a real world point of view
|Companion(s):||Tegan, Turlough, Nyssa|
|Main enemy:||The Rats, The Rat King|
|Main setting:||Cadogan Tunnels, England, 9 June 1983|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Andy Hardwick|
|Cover by:||Anthony Lamb|
|Release date:||June 2011|
|Format:||2 CDs, 4 parts|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Kiss of Death||Robophobia|
Rat Trap was the one hundred and forty-eighth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. Released in June 2011 it was the final story in a series of three stories featuring the Fifth Doctor along with Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough and an older Nyssa who rejoined travelling with them in the 2010 story Cobwebs.
Publisher's summary Edit
1983: as the country goes to the polls, two ‘Urban Explorers’, together with a freelance journalist, break into the long-defunct Cadogan Tunnels, once a secret wartime facility... and later, so rumour has it, the site of an experimental laboratory with a nasty sideline in vivisection.
What they find, in its twisting underground corridors, is something the most cynical conspiracy theorist could never have imagined: a highly-evolved society of questing, intelligent creatures, living right under humanity’s nose for decades.
But there’s no way out of the tunnels – as the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough are about to discover when the TARDIS brings them, too, into the complex. It’s a rat trap – and they’ve all been caught!
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- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Tegan - Janet Fielding
- Turlough - Mark Strickson
- Clifford Andrews - John Banks
- Sally Lucas - Alison Thea-Skot
- Dr. Christopher Wallace / The Rat King - Terry Molloy
- Kevin - David Seymour
- Matthew / Major Harris - Andrew Dickens
- Caitlin Jones - Charlie Norfolk
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor refers obliquely to his habit of building "Macguffins" to defend certain problems (in this case, the psychic connections between the rats).
- The Doctor tells Nyssa that UNIT will clean up after him.
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is mentioned several times. The Doctor notes that the 1983 general election will be a "landslide" for the Conservative Party.
- Turlough refers to the State of Grace in the TARDIS and how it will prevent weapons fire but not general damage.
- Terry Molloy (Dr. Christopher Wallace / The Rat King) is best known for playing Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in TV: Resurrection of the Daleks, TV: Revelation of the Daleks and TV: Remembrance of the Daleks as well as numerous other Big Finish audio dramas. Furthermore, he played Russell in TV: Attack of the Cybermen as well as Magus Riga in AUDIO: Kingdom of Silver, Examiner 2 in AUDIO: Keepsake and Lord Ampthill in AUDIO: The Hourglass Killers. This marks the first time that Davison and Molloy have worked together since Resurrection of the Daleks in 1984.
- Alison Thea-Skot (Sally Lucas) previously played Jesic in AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks, Greta Tod in AUDIO: The Beast of Orlok and Ayl-San in AUDIO: A Death in the Family. She would later play Jenny Haveloc in AUDIO: Threshold.
- Charlie Norfolk (Caitlin Jones) would later play Ursina in AUDIO: Voyage to Venus.
- This audio drama was recorded on 10 and 13 December 2010 at The Moat Studios.
- Nyssa refers to her visit to Stockbridge in 1199 and her memories of knights in armour. (AUDIO: Castle of Fear)
- The rats mention the Mara to Tegan. (TV: Kinda, TV: Snakedance, AUDIO: The Cradle of the Snake)
- One of the rats mentions Nyssa's experiments on the Cractids. (AUDIO: Cobwebs)
- The rats exploit Nyssa's anger at the Master for killing her father, Tremas. (TV: The Keeper of Traken)
- The Helheim cure is destablising. (AUDIO: Cobwebs)
- Turlough uses a spark wire from Purity. (AUDIO: The Whispering Forest)
- Official Rat Trap page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Rat trap at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Rat Trap at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide