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The Catalyst (audio story)

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The Catalyst
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Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Leela
Main enemy: H'mbrackle
The Z'nai
Main setting: England, the 1900s
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nigel Fairs
Director: Nigel Fairs
Music: Nigel Fairs
Sound: Nigel Fairs
Read by: Louise Jameson
Timothy Watson
Release details
Release number: 2.4
Release date: January 2008
Format: 1 CD
Production code: BFPDWCC08
ISBN 978-1-84435-293-7
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The Catalyst was the eighth release in the Companion Chronicles audio range. It was the fourth story of season 2. It was written by Nigel Fairs and featured Leela.

Publisher's summary Edit

The pride of the Z'nai matches that of Leela of the Sevateem. Why would the Doctor imprison one in such an unlikely place, and what terrors will be brought about by letting it loose?

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References Edit

  • The Tro'faroom, which was built by the ancient founders of the Sevateem on their planet, is a corruption of "Trophy Room."
  • Leela believes that the Doctor may have viewed her as a kindred spirit given that he rejected the customs of the Time Lords in the same manner as Leela rejected the customs of the Sevateem.
  • Lord Joshua Douglas is implied to have travelled with the Third Doctor for what may have been as long as a decade. Although he is described as being physically older than the Fourth Doctor and as having long white hair, it cannot have been during his first incarnation as the Doctor later told Leela that he was sent to the Z'nai homeworld by the Time Lords.
  • Lord Douglas has encouraged his daughter Jessica to read the works of Thomas Hardy. However, she prefers that of Rudyard Kipling.
  • Lady Douglas considers the suffragettes to be "an abomination of nature."
  • H'mbrackle claims that he and the Doctor shared dinner in the Royal Place of Kremnon shortly before the destruction of the Z'nai civilisation.
  • In the flashback sequences, Leela is portrayed as being unsurprised that the Doctor would have another face. This is a little discontinuous in that the Leela of the time in which that part of the story is set was not yet familiar with the concept of regeneration. However, as the story is narrated by a Leela who had long lived on Gallifrey, it is possible that she is downplaying the surprise that she actually experienced at the time.
  • Leela was named after the Sevateem's first and greatest warrior, who was the most revered figure in Sevateem history. She sacrificed her life to save her tribe.

Notes Edit

  • This story strongly implies that Leela survived the Last Great Time War.
  • Chronologically, this is the earliest Big Finish audio drama to feature the Fourth Doctor.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 3 June 2007.
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