a real world point of view
|The Claws of Santa|
|Main character(s):||Iris Wildthyme|
|Main enemy:||Mary Christmas|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Cavan Scott & Mark Wright|
|Release date:||November 2009|
|Format:||1 CD, 70 minutes approx|
|Big Finish - Iris Wildthyme|
|The Panda Invasion||The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society|
Publisher's summary Edit
It’s going to be a blue Christmas for Iris Wildthyme. Her best friend, Panda, is lost in time and space and the only festive cheer she can find is at the bottom of a glass. If that wasn’t enough, this year’s number one toy is trying to kill her!
From a futuristic planet-sized shopping mall to the frozen wastes of the North Pole, the search for Panda leads Iris to a fiendish plot that threatens to ruin Christmas for the entire multiverse. With only a jobsworth security droid to help, Iris turns to the one man who can save the season of goodwill – Saint Nick himself. There's just one snag; Santa Claus is a broken man...
- Iris Wildthyme - Katy Manning
- Panda - David Benson
- ST58 - Conrad Westmaas
- Santa - Peter Sowerbutts
- Mary - Sarah Douglas
- Alfredo - Scott Handcock
- Iris attempts to use a Venusian lullaby to subdue the toy Pandas.
- Taking off with the doors to her TARDIS slightly ajar, Iris worries about the "time winds ripping us to shreds".
- Iris carries a Sonic Corkscrew.
- Polycarbide is mentioned.
- When Iris met Napoléon Bonaparte, she found him to be "anything but small."
- Iris and Panda once visited the Ice Caves of Shabadabadon.
- Conrad Westmaas (ST58) previously played the Eighth Doctor's companion C'rizz from 2004 to 2007 as well as Tarpov in AUDIO: Omega, the Cheshire Cat in AUDIO: Zagreus and Raymond Hardy in AUDIO: The Heart's Desire. He would later play Antonin, Romana's son from an alternative timeline, in AUDIO: Reborn.
- Peter Sowerbutts (Santa Claus) previously played Clovis in AUDIO: The Holy Terror, Magrantine in AUDIO: Innocence and AUDIO: Purity, Laurence in AUDIO: Mission of the Viyrans and Elkin in AUDIO: The Bride of Peladon.
- Sarah Douglas (Mary Christmas) previously played Gillen in NOTDWU: Masters of War and would later play Chancellor Dondequest in AUDIO: Reborn.
- This audio drama was recorded on 26 April 2009.
- The Third Doctor used the (same) Venusian lullaby to subdue Aggedor. (TV: The Curse of Peladon, TV: The Monster of Peladon)
- Panda was lost in the time vortex. (IW: The Panda Invasion)
- Iris looked in the Land of Fiction for Panda. (TV: The Mind Robber)
- Official The Claws of Santa page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of The Claws of Santa at the Doctor Who Reference Guide