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|The Next Life|
The Daleks (cameo)
|Main setting:||The Forge world, the Divergent Universe|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Alan Barnes and Gary Russell|
|Post production:||Gareth Jenkins @ ERS|
|Cover by:||Steve Johnson|
|Release date:||December 2004|
|Format:||6 Episodes on 3 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
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.
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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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- C'rizz - Conrad Westmaas
- Perfection - Daphne Ashbrook
- Daqar Keep - Stephane Cornicard
- Guidance - Paul Darrow
- L'da - Jane Hills
- The Kro'ka - Stephen Perring
- Rassilon - Don Warrington
- Louisa Pollard - Anneke Wills
- Simon Murchford - Stephen Mansfield
- Mother of Jembere-Bud - Jane Goddard
Uncredited cast 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.
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 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.
The Divergent Universe Edit
- There are nine galaxies in the Divergent Universe.
- The Church of the Foundation has a presence in three galaxies.
- Two former companion actors provide character voices in this story: Anneke Wills played Polly Wright opposite William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton from 1966 to 1967 while Daphne Ashbrook previously appeared as Grace Holloway alongside Paul McGann in TV: Doctor Who. This was the first time that McGann and Ashbrook had worked together since 1996.
- Paul Darrow (Guidance) previously played Captain Hawkins in TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians, Malin Tekker in TV: Timelash and Kaston Iago in the Kaldor City audio series.
- This audio drama was recorded on 24, 25 and 31 August, and 3 September 2004 at The Moat Studios.
- An illustrated preview for this story appeared in DWM 351 by Mike Collins.
- Charley mentions that there is no lost love between herself and the TARDIS. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- C'rizz refers to the moonstone given to him by his father before his wedding to L'da. (AUDIO: The Last)
- C'rizz mentions the invasion of Zone Eutermes by the Kromon. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
- C'rizz tells the illusory L'da that he killed her. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
- Charley refers to her encounter with the holographic version of her mother created by the TARDIS. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- Charley cannot recall the name of Rathbone, the South African spy who attempted to kill her on the British airship R101 on 5 October 1930. However, she is still haunted by the expression on his face as he fell from the R101 to his death. (AUDIO: Storm Warning)
- The Kro'ka recalls being tortured by Rassilon using a particle wave disseminator on Caerdroia. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)
- Rassilon and the Kro'ka recently stole two dreamweavers from Caerdroia. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)
- Suffering survivor's guilt for having survived the crash of the R101, Simon Murchford became an Anglican minister. (AUDIO: Storm Warning) He succeeded Reverend Matthew Townsend as the Cardington airbase's chaplain following his death in 1951. The R101 had been launched from Cardington. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- The Doctor and Charley previously encountered Rassilon in the Tomb of Rassilon in the Death Zone on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- Rassilon reminds Charley that the Doctor did not want her to come with him to the Divergent Universe. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- Rassilon refers to the Miraculite. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)
- Charley has told C'rizz that the Doctor became infected with the Anti-Time creature Zagreus shortly before they entered the Divergent Universe. (AUDIO: Neverland, Zagreus)
- The Doctor refers to having a meal on an island in the Pacific Ocean in 1939. (COMIC: Tooth and Claw)
- Charley mentions that she visited the Crystal Palace as a child. She would later do so again in 1851. (AUDIO: Other Lives)
- It has been several months since C'rizz began travelling with the Doctor and Charley. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
- Charley refers to her sisters Peggy and Cissy. (AUDIO: Zagreus, A Blind Eye)
- The Doctor once again mentions playing Tiddlywinks with the Tsarina. (AUDIO: Storm Warning)
- After mentioning Macbeth, the Doctor superstitiously corrects himself by referring to it as "the Scottish Play." (AUDIO: Medicinal Purposes, The Book of Kells)
- The Doctor refers to the sound creature (AUDIO: Scherzo), the cave creature on Setarus (AUDIO: The Twilight Kingdom) and Landscar (AUDIO: The Last).
- The Doctor reminds Charley that they are members of the Tourist Faith. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)
- Charley refers to the sound made by the Divergence as they attempted to break into the primary universe on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- The Doctor recalls that he and Charley were placed in a chamber which accelerated the evolutionary process when they first arrived in the Divergent Universe. (AUDIO: Scherzo)
- Keep refers to the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years earlier. (TV: Earthshock)
- The Doctor uses his mental link with the Kro'ka to contact him telepathically. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)
- The Doctor, Charley and the Kro'ka previously encountered Keep's swarm of insects in the Kromon sector of the Interzone. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
- Charley recognises the Daleks as she encountered them in London, New Britain in the 2050s. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)
- Rassilon would eventually escape from the Divergent Universe at some point before or during the Last Great Time War. He was once again serving as the Lord President of Gallifrey at the time of its destruction. In the interim, he had regenerated at least once. (TV: The End of Time)
- Official The Next Life page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of The Next Life at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The Next Life at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide