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The Natural History of Fear was the fifty-fourth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Jim Mortimore and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz.

Publisher's summary Edit

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Plot Edit

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References Edit

  • The people in Light City have files ranging from Axos to Zarbi.
  • The infotainment versions of the Doctor and Charley's adventures consist of a total of 1,306 episodes. According to the DJ, there are missing episodes as well as episodes which were commissioned but never produced such as White Noise and Dark Rising.
  • Jubilee Day is the only day every quarter that the Proles can engage in banned activities. It is a form of controlled chaos.
  • The Doctor carries a spinning top, at least two pairs of Ray-Bans, a toy robot and other items in his pockets.
  • When the Doctor mentioned the Dalai Lama during their visit to Light City, C'rizz initially believed that he is speaking about an animal. Charley then explained about Buddhism and reincarnation. She claims that the belief in reincarnation as being "very pagan."
  • The Doctor believes that Light City is comparable to the glory of Rome.

Notes Edit

The Natural History of Fear comic preview

Illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty from DWM 340.

  • This audio deals with personality alteration. Accordingly, characters' names are generally not given in the narrative. Titles are substituted. The cast list, both on the official website and on the liner notes, attempts to extend the confusion by merely listing the names of the actors, without giving the characters' names.
  • An illustrated preview for this story appeared in DWM 340 illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • The theme music used for the Infotainment programmes was originally used for the Audio Visuals, a unlicensed series of fan Doctor Who audio dramas produced by many of the personnel involved with Big Finish Productions, including writer Jim Mortimore.
  • The end of disc two features a music suite consisting of the Infotainment theme, the ambient music the Editor 1 listens to, and the sound effects used during the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz's arrival in Light City.
  • Clips from the audio stories Neverland, Living Legend, The Creed of the Kromon and Scherzo are used as Infotainment programmes shown to the citizens of Light City.
  • The DJ refers to an unproduced story called Dark Rising. This is a reference to an intended audio drama written by Mike Tucker which would have pitted the Seventh Doctor against the Anthony Ainley version of the Master. Tucker eventually wrote the audio story Dust Breeding in which the Master was played by Geoffrey Beevers.
  • The working title for this story was "Pendulum". Writer Jim Mortimore originally submitted the idea for this story to David J. Howe for the Telos Doctor Who novella range.
  • Following his introduction in the audio story The Creed of the Kromon, this is the only story in the Divergent Universe arc in which the Kro'ka does not appear.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 11 and 12 May 2003 at The Moat Studios.
  • Mortimore chronicled the development of the script in the book "Unnatural Selection", released by Miwk Publishing in 2014.

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