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The Next Life (audio story)

The Next Life
The Next Life cover
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Charley, C'rizz
Main enemy: Rassilon
The Kro'ka
Zagreus
Daqar Keep
Main setting: The Forge world, the Divergent Universe
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Alan Barnes and Gary Russell
Director: Gary Russell
Post production: Gareth Jenkins @ ERS
Cover by: Steve Johnson
Release details
Release number: 64
Release date: December 2004
Format: 6 Episodes on 3 CDs
Production code: 8V
ISBN 1-84435-105-X
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The Next Life was the sixty-fourth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the final Big Finish Doctor Who audio story to feature Paul McGann as the "current" Doctor, since his next release AUDIO: Terror Firma would not be until after not only Christopher Eccleston's debut in TV: Rose but David Tennant's debut in TV: The Parting of the Ways. More significantly, it concluded the adventures set in the Divergent Universe that had begun at the end of AUDIO: Zagreus. At six episodes, it was unusually long, especially for an Eighth Doctor audio.

Publisher's summary edit

'All things must die.'

Washed up on the sandy shores of a paradise island, a wild-eyed shipwreck survivor is rescued by the wife of Daqar Keep, the richest man in the galaxy.

Her name's Perfection. He's the Doctor. Together, they face a journey into the dark heart of this mysterious island, to discover the deepest secrets of this timeless cosmos. That's if the giant crabs, killer crocodiles and murderous natives don't get them first.

Meanwhile, fellow travellers Charley and C'rizz have their own ordeal to endure, in the grip of the Doctor's most dangerous rival.

And in a universe that's facing extinction, even the best of friends may soon become enemies...

This life is almost over. Not everyone will make it to the next.

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Cast edit

Uncredited cast edit

References edit

Culture edit

  • The Doctor has committed to memory of all the Liverpool F.C. strikers and goals from 1964-1965 to 2013-2014, which he describes as "a terrible season."
  • The Doctor suggests placing Guidance's moonstone on eBay.
  • The Doctor refers to the cleaning product Mr. Sheen.
  • When lost on the beach The Doctor acts like Robinson Crusoe and says that he won't find any Friday or any other day of the week.

The Doctor edit

  • C'rizz describes the Doctor as having "shaggy hair."
  • The Doctor is approximately 950 years old.
  • The Doctor once witnessed a hoodoo ceremony on Haiti.
  • The Doctor says that Charley is "sort of pretty".

Individuals edit

  • The Doctor refers to C'rizz as "the Colourful Chameleon."
  • Charley's uncle Jacques lived in Cannes after World War I. He was a concert pianist until he lost one of his arms at the Battle of Passchendaele. He taught her how to speak French.
  • C'rizz does not fully grasp the concept of time but understands the general idea.
  • On 4 October 1930, Simon Murchford told Charley that his father had not worked since 1926.
  • Murchford lost many good friends during World War II.
  • Charley describes the Kro'ka as "a complete fraud and malicious piece of excrement in dire need of a damn good hiding" and "a little blobby weasel who does the Divergence's dirty work."
  • The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz have been in the Divergent Universe for several months.
  • According to Guidance, C'rizz is "a broodling of the third order." He claims that he was a late developer.
  • In year fifty at the Academy, the First Doctor fed a snapping wart fowl to his fellow student Valyes' summer project. Valyes has held a grudge ever since.
  • The Doctor says that as a "teenager," he was a terror until the age of 120, claiming that he was a late developer.
  • Charley has told C'rizz about King Edward VII.
  • After Charley expresses her admiration for Rassilon, C'rizz suggests that she has a thing for Time Lords.
  • Perfection claims that Daqar Keep is the richest man in the galaxy.
  • C'rizz had a brother.
  • Guidance refers to Perfection as the Doctor's whore while Charley calls her a "cold, heartless cow."
  • Davros briefly appears when the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz return to the normal universe, leading into AUDIO: Terror Firma.

Technology edit

The Divergent Universe edit

  • There are nine galaxies in the Divergent Universe.

Religion edit

Notes edit

Thenextlifepreview

Illustrated preview by Mike Collins featured in DWM 351.

Continuity edit

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