|The One Doctor|
|Script release:||The Audio Scripts: Volume Two|
|Main enemy:||The Cylinder|
|Main setting:||Generios 1, Generios 8, Generios 14 and Generios 15 in the Generios System, West Galaxy, the Vulgar End of Time|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Writer:||Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||December 2001|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Primeval||Invaders from Mars|
The One Doctor was the twenty-seventh monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Bonnie Langford in her audio debut as Melanie Bush. This audio was released in December 2001 and was considered Big Finish's "Christmas release". It has a notably comic slant to the story. It is the first of two Christmas releases in the main range, the second being AUDIO: Bang-Bang-a-Boom!. Both stories feature Mel.
Publisher's summary Edit
So it's lucky that the Doctor, that famous traveller in time and space, is in the area, and that he, along with his pretty young assistant, Sally-Anne, manages to defeat the deadly creatures and save the day.
But now it looks as though the Doctor's luck has run out.
Who is the mysterious, curly-haired stranger, intent on causing trouble? What role does the feisty redhead Melanie play in his scheme? And what have they to do with the sinister alien cylinder approaching Generios?
One thing is certain: for the Doctor and Sally-Anne, there's deadly danger ahead...
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford
- Citizen Sokkery - Nicholas Pegg
- Councillor Potikol - Stephen Fewell
- Banto Zame - Christopher Biggins
- Sally-Anne Stubbins - Clare Buckfield
- Guard - Mark Wright
- Questioner - Jane Goddard
- The Cylinder - Matt Lucas
- Mentos - Nicholas Pegg
- Assembler 1 - Adam Buxton
- Assembler 2 - Stephen Fewell
- Jelloid - Matt Lucas
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor claims that he has become aware of occasions when he is in the presence of another incarnation of himself, claiming that his hair stands on end.
- The Cylinder calls the Doctor Johann Schimdt, Doktor von Wer, Ka Faraq Gatri, Theta Sigma and Snail.
- The Questioner poses a question to Mentos about the Masterbakers of Barastabon.
- In June 1975, the Second Doctor based himself in Woking during the Cyberman invasion. (TV: The Invasion) The back bedroom had purple wall paper.
- Mel lived in a large house in Pease Pottage, about seven miles from town.
- Spraxis Jelloids are large, single-celled organisms.
- The Sinister Sponges worship the Loofah of Life.
- A Spaag of Vishtek 3 ate Sally-Anne's Aunty Sue.
- The Quarks are mentioned by Banto.
- Banto Zane is from the planet Osphogus, which was terraformed five thousand years ago.
- The Jelloid is expecting a home entertainment system from the planet Bendalos. The depot for said entertainment system is on Sirrinus Traxia.
- Abydos is located in the Rim Worlds; nothing much is out there.
- The Stardis, Banto and Sally-Anne's mock TARDIS, is shaped like a portaloo.
- Banto uses a psychic screwdriver, equivalent to the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, to seemingly defeat the Skelloids.
- The Cylinder projects its transmission over Generios 1 with a Multi-Phase Corpolectic Sound Wave.
- At the start of this adventure the Doctor is indulging in his megalomaniacal side by playing Monopoly.
Three Great Treasures of Generios Edit
- UNIT ZX419, also known as the Shelves of Infinity, are infinite and therefore impossible to put up.
- Mentos; or rather the control box to Mentos.
- The largest diamond in existence.
- This is the first of Big Finish Productions' "Christmas releases" stories. They are a bit more light-hearted than other releases. The following year's Christmas release was Bang-Bang-a-Boom!, a story again parodying popular media-culture. In years following Bang-Bang-a-Boom!'s release, Big Finish offered subscriber only special releases, although those tended to cover all genres rather than the lighter-toned style that this story and Bang-Bang-a-Boom use.
- The third episode features the alternative Delaware version of the Doctor Who theme tune, a nod to the overseas print of TV: Carnival of Monsters.
- This audio drama was recorded on 28 and 29 April 2001.
- The second CD contains a bonus track containing two scenes. In the first of these, the Doctor and Mel attempt to use the Time-Space Visualiser to watch The Queen's Speech, but accidentally tune in to Elizabeth I. In the second, the Questioner asks Mentos a number of questions from throughout time and space. Both scenes end with the characters wishing Merry Christmas "to all of you at home". (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan) The bonus track was posted on Big Finish's official Soundcloud in December 2012.
- Jim Mortimore and Jane Elphinstone's score to this story, alongside the score to Bloodtide and Project: Twilight, was released on the CD Music from the Sixth Doctor Audio Adventures.
- Mentos asks the Doctor if he's going to use one of those "fox the computer conundrums...the last thing I said was false and all that", which was first mentioned in TV: The Green Death.
- The names that the Cylinder calls the Doctor hail from specific stories: Johann Schmidt (AUDIO: Colditz, Klein's Story, Storm Warning; PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus, The Shadow in the Glass), Doktor von Wer (TV: The Highlanders), Ka Faraq Gatri (PROSE: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation) Theta Sigma (TV: The Armageddon Factor, TV: The Happiness Patrol) and Snail (PROSE: Lungbarrow).
- The Doctor claims that he has very good eyesight in the dark due to drinking so much carrot juice. (TV: Terror of the Vervoids, The Ultimate Foe)
- Mel mentions the fact that she has "the memory of an elephant" is a running gag between herself and the Doctor. (TV: Terror of the Vervoids, Time and the Rani)
- The Doctor's comment that his hair stands on end in the presence of another self is also mentioned in AUDIO: The Light at the End, when he arrives in a pocket dimension at the same time as the Seventh Doctor.
- Official The One Doctor page at bigfinish.com
- The One Doctor at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The One Doctor at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide