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|The Chaos Pool|
Astra of Atrios
|Main enemy:||The Black Guardian|
|Main setting:||Chaos, the end of recorded time|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Cover by:||Alex Mallinson|
|Release date:||March 2009|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Destroyer of Delights||The Magic Mousetrap|
The story is notable for several reasons surrounding guest star Lalla Ward. This is the only piece of performed Doctor Who where she appears as both Romana II and Astra of Atrios. It's also the only time Romana II has an audio encounter with the Fifth Doctor. It's also the youngest Romana II heard in a Big Finish production, since the narrative clearly predates the Gallifrey series and other appearances in the main range.
Publisher's summary Edit
The ageless leader of a dying race believes that salvation lies within The Chaos Pool, a place that even the Guardians of Time have been unable to locate. Meanwhile Commander Hectocot and his Teuthoidian followers move in for the kill - again and again and again...
Two different races from opposite ends of time - so how can they co-exist?
In their search for the final segment of the Key to Time, the Fifth Doctor and Amy become caught in the crossfire. As the end of everything approaches, old friends and enemies reveal themselves and the final battle between the forces of Chaos and Order ignites...
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- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Amy - Ciara Janson
- The Black Guardian - David Troughton
- The White Guardian - Jason Watkins
- Zara - Laura Doddington
- Astra of Atrios / Romana - Lalla Ward
- Captain Pargrave - Ben Jones
- Commander Hectocot - Toby Longworth
- The Voice - Cate Hamer
- Maddenjot - Will Barton
- The Doctor's latest news of Romana was that she was working for the High Council.
- Romana has previously visited Mars.
- This is the only Big Finish audio drama to depict the Fifth Doctor encountering Romana. Between the Fourth and Eighth Doctors, the only incarnation of the Doctor whom she has not encountered in an audio drama is the Seventh Doctor.
- This is the first appearance of Romana in the main range since AUDIO: Zagreus in November 2003.
- This would be the final Fifth Doctor story in the main range not to feature Nyssa until AUDIO: The Burning Prince in September 2012.
- Lalla Ward previously played Princess Astra in TV: The Armageddon Factor.
- This audio drama was recorded on 22 and 23 April 2008 at The Moat Studios.
- Romana asks the Doctor if he was "expecting someone else." (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
- Zara refers to the planet Erratoon and the first segment of the Key to Time. During her visit to Erratoon, she was captured and imprisoned with the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace. (AUDIO: The Prisoner's Dilemma)
- The Grace's banishment of the Guardians echoes the White Guardian's banishment of the Eternals. (TV: Enlightenment)
- Official The Chaos Pool page at bigfinish.com
- The Chaos Pool at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The Chaos Pool at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide