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The Great War (audio story)

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The Great War
The Great War
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Molly O'Sullivan
Main enemy: Kotris, Daleks
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Nicholas Briggs
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Music: Andy Hardwick
Sound: Andy Hardwick
Cover by: Alex Mallinson
Release details
Release number: 1
Part of: Dark Eyes
Release date: November 2012
Format: 1 X 1 hour
ISBN 978-1-84435-977-6
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The Great War was the first full cast audio story in the Dark Eyes audio anthology released in 2012 by Big Finish Productions. It featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and Ruth Bradley as Molly O'Sullivan. This was the first story to advance the Eighth Doctor's tale forwards following 2011's To the Death. The cover and that of the box set featured a new look for the Eighth Doctor whose appearance on the covers of audios and in their in-universe description had not majorly diverted from his appearance in the 1996 television movie.

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Voluntary Aid Detachment nursing assistant Molly O'Sullivan spends her days facing the horrors of the Great War. Little does she know that a man from another world has arrived, looking for her.

But what are the strange sounds coming from the battlefield at night? Where is the glowing gas coming from? And is everyone who they claim to be?

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  • The supposed glowing gases are in actuality time winds which are leaking through to World War I-era France from the Time Vortex.

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8 dark eyes costume

The Eighth Doctor's updated costume

  • This story features a complete new look for the Eighth Doctor, being the first Big Finish adventure to change the Doctor's style from the TV series. There are elements of the Ninth Doctor in the Eighth Doctor's new look, notably the leather jacket and the revamped sonic screwdriver. Similar elements would also be worn by the War Doctor. Graphic designer Alex Mallinson said the costume "bridged the gap" with the new series in DWM 454, noting the influence of Eccleston. A different look is seen in the television story The Night of the Doctor, more closely resembling the original design.
  • Although the Doctor is described as having his characteristic long hair throughout the story, he is depicted as having short hair on the CD cover. The change in costume does not actually occur from a narrative perspective until the second story in the boxset, Fugitives.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 1, 18, 19 and 20 June 2012 at The Moat Studios.
  • This story was offered as a free download with DWM 467, along with a number of other "Part Ones".

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