Doctor Who: Mission To Magnus completed

News Martin Anderson
20 Feb 2009 - 17:19
Colin Baker, Nabil Shaban and Nicola Bryant

Work continues on the audio-resurrection of Doctor Who's 'lost' season...

Following up Stephen Bray's great coverage of the audio resurrection of Doctor Who's 'lost' season 23, we were happy to be passed this pic of the 'Mission To Magnus' cast. Stephen wrote of this particular section of the cancelled 23rd season:

"The next story that Big Finish mention was Philip Martin’s “Mission to Magnus”, previously known as “Planet of Storms”. This was the third story to be commissioned for Season Twenty Three’s, and was possibly going to have been directed by Ron Jones, who had worked on Martin’s earlier “Vengeance on Varos” and would do so again on the ‘real’ Season Twenty Three’s ‘Mindwarp’. The plot entailed the Doctor and Peri being threatened by Anzor – a Time Lord who had bullied the Doctor in his youth - who had locked the TARDIS in orbit around the planet of Magnus.

On the planet below, we would have found that Anzor and the planet’s ruling female caste had joined up with Martin’s earlier creation from ‘Vengeance on Varos’, Sil for the benefit of the corrupt Time Lord’s own ends. When the Doctor investigates, he was to discover that the classic 60s monsters, the Ice Warriors were hiding in the planet’s polar ice caps. Again, this series was immediately cancelled upon the announcement of the hiatus but was novelised for Target by the author."

Writer Philip Martin adapted his original story for audio, and principals Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Nabil Shaban all return to reprise their roles.

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