|The Longest Night|
|Main character(s):||Colonel Emily Chaudhry |
Colonel Robert Dalton
|Featuring:||Lieutenant Will Hoffman|
|Main setting:||London, the 2000s|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Cover by:||Red Ink|
|Release date:||March 2005|
|Format:||1 episode on 1 CD|
|Snake Head||The Wasting|
Publisher's summary Edit
"We interrupt this broadcast..."
Having survived a day at the seaside, Robert Dalton and Emily Chaudhry are enjoying a few pints... Having spent the day answering the phone and praying for some action, Will Hoffman is enjoying a night out... Having signed a controversial new European treaty, the Prime Minister is on his way back to Downing Street... Having survived yet another day, the people of Britain are settling down to eat dinner, stay in, go out, spend time with their friends...
"...we’re receiving reports that..."
It's just another ordinary evening in the United Kingdom...
"...a bomb has exploded in central London..."
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- Colonel Emily Chaudhry - Siri O'Neal
- Colonel Robert Dalton - Nicholas Deal
- Lieutenant Will Hoffman - Robert Curbishley
- Francis Currie - Michael Hobbs
- Nisha Townsend - Georgina Field
- Scott Christie - Scott Andrews
- The Prime Minister - Steffan Rhodri
- Meena Cartwright - Vineeta Rishi
- PM's Aide - Harry Myers
- Andrea Winnington - Sara Carver
- Major Philip Kirby - Johnson Willis
- The story is strongly tied to the contemporary War on Terror politics: while discussing the campaign of terror, Chaudry and Currie refer to the September 11 attacks; the media wonders if the attacks are due to British involvement in Iraq (and Kirby was bounced out of the army for abusing prisoners there); and Muslims are framed for the suicide bombings.
- The killer policeman Sergeant Flemming sarcastically quotes the Metropolitan Police Service's "working for a safer London" slogan.
- Dalton and Currie are disparaging about the Daily Mail.
- Vineeta Rishi (Meena Cartwright) would later play Julia Swales in TV: Smith and Jones and AUDIO: Lost Souls and Dawon in AUDIO: The Emerald Tiger.
- This audio drama was recorded on 5 December 2004 and 30 January 2005.
- Chaudhry remarks that Dalton would have liked Brimmicombe-Wood. PROSE: Project: Valhalla, released later in the year, would reveal that the two men's fathers had been friends.
- Part of the plot involves the bombing of the London Underground to terrorise people. On 5th July 2005, a few months after the story was released, the Underground was bombed in real life.
- The audio drama begins to start the end credits theme when Kirby is arrested, only for it to abruptly stop when he reveals he's carrying a bomb.
- The Wasting reveals that Brimmicombe-Wood is ICIS's commanding officer. Hear, Kirby refers to Brimmicombe-Wood as if he's a prisoner and makes a sinister reference to potentially torturing him - even though he has no need to lie in that scene.
- Albion Hospital from TV: Aliens of London is mentioned as being overwhelmed with injured people.
- The Prime Minister mentions the terrorist attacks on Windsor and Oxford a month earlier as a reason for signing the Euro-Combine Treaty. These were temporal accidents caused by ICIS. (AUDIO: Time Heals)
- One speaker refers to the military action in Syria as a potential motive for the attacks. (AUDIO: Time Heals)
- The Kosovan asylum seeker arrested in Southend is likely Goran. (AUDIO: Snake Head)
- The flu outbreak in the home counties turns out to be an alien virus. (AUDIO: The Wasting)
- Colonel Chaudhry refers to the sleeper agents' brainwashing as "a John Smith situation", referring to UNIT cases involving the Doctor. In response, Colonel Dalton refers to window shop dummies coming to life. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
- Francis Currie has left the BBC and been hired as the front line reporter for Planet 3. Sarah Jane Smith had previously worked for the television news network as an undercover journalist, exposing corruption by companies and officials in high places. (AUDIO: Comeback)
- Andrea Winnington was born in "the 1980s", Syria is occupied, Chaudhry refers to "the King", and Dalton is buying a pint in euros. This indicates the story was set in the near future, as the original UNIT stories were meant to be. However, as the revived TV show and its spinoffs have established Prime Ministers for every year from 2006 (Jones) to 2010 (Green) and made aliens public, the events of this story have to take place in the year of release or in early 2006. (That also means this Prime Minister may be the one killed by the Slitheen in Aliens of London.)