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Caerdroia was the sixty-third story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Lloyd Rose and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz.
It was essentially the "beginning of the end" of the Divergent Universe arc. Significantly, it depicted the Doctor's recovery of the TARDIS, which had been absent from the Eighth Doctor's adventures since AUDIO: Scherzo.
From a production standpoint, it was notable for its highly complex sound design, which had to depict abstract environments, including the Doctor's own mind. It also afforded Paul McGann the chance to play three different versions of his Doctor, each primarily exhibiting what Charley called a "mode" of his character. Thus, the story had one Doctor that was a bit surly and paranoid, another that was bouncy and excitable and another that was more or less the "regular" Eighth Doctor.
Publisher's summary Edit
Self-exiled to a new universe, separated from the TARDIS, opposed and manipulated by the Divergence and their agent the Kro'ka, the Eighth Doctor has been struggling to work out the nature of the cosmic game in which he's an unwilling pawn. Now, at last, he has a chance to find the answer — and regain the TARDIS!
Threatened and desperate, the Kro'ka abandons his behind-the-scenes machinations to confront the Doctor directly. But will both of them lose their way in the maze of the strange world in which they find themselves? A world in which a clock may have a cuckoo but no hands, a labyrinth imprisoning a paradox, and a Garden of Curiosities reveals something the Doctor has never seen before.
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- C'rizz - Conrad Westmaas
- The Kro'ka / Evans / Wayland - Stephen Perring
- Rassilon - Don Warrington
The Doctor Edit
- The Doctor explains the meaning of the saying "safe as houses".
- The TARDIS has a croquet court.
- The Kro'ka tells the Doctor that the TARDIS still exists but is no longer on Bortresoye.
- The Doctor and Charley never previously told C'rizz that the TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental.
The Doctor's items Edit
- The "Eeyore" Doctor uses his last everlasting match.
Gallifreyan lifeforms Edit
- Gallifrey has a form of rabbit - which are "rounder and cuddlier" than Earth rabbits and around the same size.
- Purple marlets are plants unique to Gallifrey.
- The Divergence are located on Caerdroia.
- The "Tigger" Doctor says that sunflowers are unique to Earth.
- "Caerdroia" is the Welsh phrase for "the fortress of many turnings."
Cultural references from the real world Edit
- The Doctor refers to The Three Little Pigs.
- Tigger is the Doctor's favourite character from Winnie the Pooh. In order to differentiate between the three Doctors, Charley refers to the more exuberant one as "Tigger" and the more irritable one as Eeyore.
- Charley refers to the 19th century American novelist Edgar Allan Poe.
- The "Eeyore" Doctor quotes the line "Curiouser and curiouser" from Alice in Wonderland.
- The "Tigger" Doctor refers to the flying rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the island populated by dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and the legend of the Minotaur.
- The cattle of Eutermes are small, scaly and lay eggs.
- Charley refers to buffalo, telling C'rizz that they are common in the American West and that they tend to stampede.
- Eutermes has a very dangerous wild animal known as an Obelat.
- Eutermesans have significantly better hearing than humans.
- An illustrated preview for this story featured in DWM 350 illustrated by Mike Collins.
- In cooperation with Big Finish, "Tenth Planet" released this audio in a limited edition with a different cover, designed by Stuart Manning, during the Dimensions convention in early November. "Tenth Planet" also sold the limited edition CD on their website.
- This is the first Eighth Doctor audio drama to feature the TARDIS since its brief cameo in The Twilight Kingdom in March 2004. However, an illusory version of it appeared in Faith Stealer.
- This audio drama was recorded on 8 June 2004 at The Moat Studios.
- This story is set after the 1996 TV movie.
- This story was originally released on CD. It is now available as a download only.
Cover gallery Edit
- The "Tigger" Doctor compares the Obelat to the Minotaur. During his second incarnation, the Doctor and Zoe Heriot encountered the Minotaur in the Land of Fiction (TV: The Mind Robber), as did the Third Doctor and Jo Grant in Atlantis. (TV: The Time Monster)
- C'rizz refers to his mate L'da, whom he killed in the Kromon biosphere as she had been transformed into a Kromon queen. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)
- The "Tigger" Doctor surmises that the Divergence are putting into action plans which they made during previous encounters including memory editing in Light City (AUDIO: The Natural History of Fear) and personality duplication on Setarus (AUDIO: The Twilight Kingdom) to discover his ability to operate the TARDIS.
- Rassilon and the Kro'ka would later steal two dreamweavers from Caerdroia. (AUDIO: The Next Life)
- The First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom previously visited the inner workings of another giant clock in 3999. (AUDIO: The Guardian of the Solar System)
- Official Caerdroia page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Caerdroia at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide