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Hidden Persuaders is the third audio play in the Kaldor City series. Written by Jim Smith and Fiona Moore, it follows the attempts of the Church of Taren Capel to commit an act of terrorism to further their cause.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

"Nothing is yet known of the terrorists' demands, but Security remain poised to act instantaneously on any information received."

Terrorism is on the increase and — amidst a media frenzy — hostages are being taken. The Church of Taren Capel are fighting back and nobody in Kaldor City is safe. Who is behind the cult's remarkable success, and what is their next target? Most importantly, when it comes to politics, who really has the most to gain?

Kaldor City - Hidden Persuaders uses characters and concepts from Chris Boucher's Doctor Who novel Corpse Marker to tell a gripping tale of corruption and media manipulation.

Plot[edit | edit source]

to be added

Cast[edit | edit source]

(in order of appearance)

References[edit | edit source]

Individuals[edit | edit source]

  • Guido is the best flierman currently in Uvanov's employ, he usually pilots flier 372.
  • Rull's pay-packet has several deductions.
  • Iago last met Leighton 3 months ago in Uvanov's office.
  • The news channel will be speaking with Thrate Corda's family.
  • Diss Pitter died in a flier explosion alongside his longtime companion Cailio Techlan. Pitter's daughter (Sel Pitter, also known as Padil) was kidnapped by a distant faction four years ago and found dead a year later.

Objects[edit | edit source]

  • Cotton comments on Justina's painting of a red pentagram.
  • Manzerak uses a stun kill on its lowest setting.
  • A flier is equipped with heat detectors.
  • Leighton was inventor of the six-handed multi-tasker, a robot so heavy it fell through the floor.

Kaldor City[edit | edit source]

Oxgenator Four[edit | edit source]

  • Oxygenator Four supplies about 30% of Kaldor City's additional oxygen requirements. If it is disabled everyone in the eastern sector will find breathing difficult.
  • The Church of Taren Capel's attack on 'Oxgenator Four' coincides with a security drill.
  • Rull thinks it's the Anti Robot Front who have attacked 'Oxgenator Four'. They are usually responsible for things like that. None of the terrorist groups are security trained.

Blind Heart Desert[edit | edit source]

Tarenists[edit | edit source]

  • The Tarenists are highly dangerous anti robot fundamentalist group operating out of the sewerpits.
  • Whenever Taren Capel's name is mentioned it is followed with "humanity be in him".
  • Diss Pitter was a strong opponent of social toleration being extended to Tarenists.
  • A Tarenist cell known as the Church of Taren Capel has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks that have occurred in Kaldor City during the last 3 months.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The title of the story is derived from The Hidden Persuaders by media theorist Vance Packard and is partially an attempt to introduce some of the themes of his work into the series. The reporter, Zala Vance, and the newsreader, Daniel Packard, featuring in this story are named after him.[1]
  • Writer Jim Smith got the idea for the story, involving oxygen production, during the writing of Occam's Razor:
    • "In order to justify a joke we had in the script, Alan and I did some research into rhubarb. The idea was to find a reason why they'd have taken rhubarb to a Colony world. During this ridiculous research, entirely undertaken to justify a line that made us laugh I found out that rhubarb is the second-best oxygen-producing plant there is. That is it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen more efficiently than any plant on Earth except one... so I had this semi-comic idea of all these industrial rhubarb farms on Kaldor producing oxygen. This got me thinking about the idea of air-as-utility like water or gas, and I just thought, 'What would we do if someone turned the oxygen off?' For a while the working title for the script was 'The Rhubarb Conspiracy' - even though there's actually no mention of rhubarb in the finished script."[2]
  • A specially recorded audio trailer was released to promote this story taking the form of a short monologue as read in character by Paul Darrow as Iago.[3]
  • The copyright notice printed on the CD release of this production states: "Unauthorised copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting is strictly prohibited or Leighton will sell you a crap robot."
  • This story was part of a recording block that also consisted of Taren Capel and Checkmate.[4]
  • The play reintroduces the character of Poul from The Robots of Death, again played by David Collings, here going under the name of Paullus. The next play confirms it is the same character.
  • The CD cover art was designed by Andy Hopkinson.
  • The third edition of Mad Norwegian Press' reference work AHistory gives a year of 2890 for the events of this story.

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