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Cold Fusion was the eleventh and final story in Big Finish Productions' Novel Adaptations range. It was adapted from the novel of the same name by Lance Parkin and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.
A newly regenerated Fifth Doctor arrives on an occupied ice planet – where the Seventh Doctor is investigating dangerous energy experiments conducted by the Earth Empire. But events spin out of control when a refugee from the distant past arrives - Patience, the Doctor's Wife!
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- The Fifth Doctor - Peter Davison
- The Seventh Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Adric - Matthew Waterhouse
- Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
- Tegan - Janet Fielding
- Roz Forrester - Yasmin Bannerman
- Chris Cwej - Travis Oliver
- Patience - Christine Kavanagh
- Medford/Quint/Quant/Ziyou Wanle/Ferutu - Jeremy Hitchen
- Whitfield - Sharon Maughan
- Adam/Falconstock/Sam/Concierge/Robot Voices - Peter Caulfield
- This story was recorded on 24, 25, and 26 May 2016 at The Moat Studios.
- After AUDIO: Theatre of War, this was the second novel adaptation to be adapted by its original author.
- From the Fifth Doctor's perspective, this story is set between Castrovalva and Four to Doomsday. From the Seventh Doctor's perspective, it's between Return of the Living Dad and The Death of Art.
- This story was originally released on CD and download.
Deviations from the original novel
- No reference is made to the Scientifica using slave labour.
- In the novel, the Doctor is unsure about how he was born, whereas in the audio he states that he was "unambiguously" Loom-born.
- When the Fifth and Seventh Doctors are discussing past multi-Doctor events, they omit reference to how the Terrible Zodin used mind-rubbers, but mention the Knights of Velyshaa, (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time) which hasn't happened for the Fifth Doctor yet, and how their recent equations will be helpful when all thirteen Doctors have to work together to save Gallifrey. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) They also make reference to having "shorted out the time differential", (TV: Time Crash) the Fifth Doctor asking if he sounds older.
- Where the novel ended with Roz knocking out the Fifth Doctor and the Seventh, Roz, and Chris departing for their TARDIS via transmat, the audio story adds an extra few moments where Adric, Nyssa and Tegan arrive while debating why the future Doctor doesn't recall these events only to find the Fifth Doctor unconscious.
- Nyssa mentions Trodos and the robot uprising there in 2066. (COMIC: The Trodos Tyranny)
- The Seventh Doctor remembers joining his other twelve incarnations to save Gallifrey. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
- When Roz, having mistakenly believed the Fifth Doctor to the Seventh Doctor's next incarnation, questions why the Seventh hasn't regenerated, she states "You became all...." to which the Seventh Doctor replies "Frock-coat and youthful appeal?". This implies the Seventh Doctor is aware of or remembers what his next incarnation will look like. This also mirrors a similar conversation between Sarah Jane Smith and the Third Doctor in (TV: The Five Doctors)
- The Seventh Doctor starts to mention an incident in which he and the Fifth Doctor encountered each other involving the Knights of Velyshaa, but the Fifth Doctor quickly stops him from talking, as he hasn't experienced that event yet. At that time, the Fifth Doctor was travelling with Tegan and Turlough but neither was present for that event. (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time) The Fifth and Seventh Doctors also met shortly before dropping off their respective companions Peri Brown, Erimem, Ace and Hex in Monte Carlo in 1966. (AUDIO: The Veiled Leopard) They encountered each other again in the Eighth Doctor's TARDIS (AUDIO: The Four Doctors) and in the Factory (AUDIO: The Light at the End) but neither retains any memory of those meetings.
- When the Fifth Doctor stops the Seventh Doctor from mentioning the Knights of Velyshaa incident, he notes that they could've shorted out the time differential. He then notices that his voice sounds older than it should. (TV: Time Crash)
- Both the Fifth and Seventh Doctors remember meeting Omega. (TV: The Three Doctors) The Seventh Doctor remembers meeting Omega on four separate occasions. (TV: Arc of Infinity; AUDIO: Omega; PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)
- When asked about the nature of his birth by Patience, the Fifth Doctor reveals that he was "unambiguously" loom-born. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)
- While in telepathic contact with Patience, (TV: The Three Doctors) they reenact his memories the Fourth Doctor and Romana II about how was on around his 130th lives out of 90 (TV: The Creature from the Pit), the Third Doctor telling Kettering he has been a scientist for several "thousands y--" before being interrupted, (TV: The Mind of Evil), the Second Doctor telling Jamie and Zoe he left Gallifrey because he was bored, (TV: The War Games) the First Doctor reminiscing about Gallifrey when meeting Ian and Barabara, (TV: "An Unearthly Child") the First Doctor rescuing Patience (PROSE: Lungbarrow) and Morbius in his mindbending against the Fourth Doctor. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)
- The Doctors both agree that if ever two of them meet again, they don't both try to reverse the polarity. Ultimately, this agreement is meaningless as the Fifth Doctor doesn't remember these events, and later the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors attempt the exact same thing on a time window. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)