a real world point of view
|Main enemy:||Commander Rugosa|
|Main setting:||Earth Station 454, the Antares galaxy, the far future|
The Rosemarinus, the far future
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Release date:||September 2012|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|The Lost Stories|
|The Masters of Luxor||The Dark Planet|
Publisher's summary Edit
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find themselves on an almost deserted space lab. Earth Station 454 is being closed down, mothballed, its staff relocated. Years of research and co-operation are coming to an end and only distinguished xeno-botantist Professor Arnold Biggs remains on board.
But is there more to the closure than meets the eye? For the operation is being supervised by the Rosemariners of the planet Rosa Damascena. Their terrifying Commander, Rugosa, seems to have something to hide. Who is he? What do the Rosemariners want with the scientists? And what is the secret of Rosedream?
In a world where no one is quite what they seem, and deadly plants lurk around every corner, the Doctor will have to use all his ingenuity just to stay alive... just to stay himself.
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- Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
- Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
- Professor Arnold Biggs - David Warner
- Commander Rugosa - Clive Wood
- Professor Arnold Biggs, who is in his mid 60s, is a xeno-botanist.
- Earth Station 454 is to be closed down with immediately effect after six years of operation.
- Jamie's scientific knowledge is scant but is incredibly curious.
- Jamie accidentally causes the TARDIS, which had been placed in a holding pattern by the Doctor, to materialise on Earth Station 454.
- The Rosemariners are native to Rosa Damascena. They have green-brown skin and warts. Their heads are slightly out of proportion to the rest of their bodies, relative to humans.
- Colbert has the chief executive officer of Earth Station 454 for he previous two years.
- Jamie refers to the Daleks as "nasty metal beasties."
- At the time of the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe's arrival, Biggs is the last remaining crewmember aboard Earth Station 454.
- Xeno-botany has always been one of the Doctor's hobbies. Conversely, Zoe knows nothing about it.
- The life force of the Rosemariners is not blood but icor or "rose life." Consequently, roses are vital to the existence of the Rosemariners.
- The roses of Rosa Damascena are carnivorous.
- The Rosemariners have the ability to duplicate individuals.
- The Daleks developed Rosa Toxicaera on Kembel.
- The serum Rosedream sends its victims into a catatonic state. As the Rosemariners do not believe in the death penalty, it was used to control violent criminals. A sample of the serum has either disappeared or has been stolen. Rugosa believes that Biggs is the only scientist in the universe who can develop an antidote to Rosedream.
- Felicity and Doris have been doing the catering on Earth Station 454 for years.
- Rugosa mentions that the Black Death of the 14th century occurred on Earth 10,000 years earlier.
- David Warner (Professor Arnold Biggs) previously played the Doctor in NOTDWU: Sympathy for the Devil and NOTDWU: Masters of War, Sir Isaac Newton in AUDIO: Summer, Co-ordinator Angell in AUDIO: Empathy Games, Mycroft Holmes in AUDIO: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel, Lord Azlok in TV: Dreamland, Professor Boston Schooner in AUDIO: Deimos and Autarch Siris in AUDIO: The Children of Seth. He would later play Cuthbert in AUDIO: The Sands of Life.
- Clive Wood (Rugosa) previously played a Roman commander in TV: The Pandorica Opens.
- This audio drama was recorded on 14 and 15 October 2010.
- The Doctor tells Jamie and Zoe that the Daleks were responsible for the disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste in 1872. (TV: The Chase)
- The Doctor mentions that the Daleks were on Kembel in 4000. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
- The Doctor refers to the Varga plants, which he believes were developed by the Daleks on Kembel. (TV: Mission to the Unknown) However, they are in fact native to Skaro. (AUDIO: Purity)
- The Doctor and Zoe both refer to her eidetic memory. (TV: The Wheel in Space)