Red Dawn was the first Fifth Doctor and Peri audio story produced by Big Finish Productions and the first audio-based Ice Warrior story. It would be another seven years before the Ice Warriors appeared in a major role in another monthly audio release, BFA: Frozen Time.
While the NASA team investigate an 'anomaly' on the planet's surface, the Doctor and Peri find themselves inside a strange alien building. What is its purpose? And what is frozen inside the blocks of ice that guard the doorways? If the Doctor has a sense of deja-vu, it's because he's about to meet some old adversaries, as well as some new ones...
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- The Doctor - Peter Davison
- Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
- Commander Forbes - Robert Jezek
- Susan Roberts - Maureen Oakeley
- Tanya Webster - Georgia Moffett
- Paul Webster - Stephen Fewell
- Commander Zzaal - Matthew Brenher
- Sub Commander Sstast - Hylton Collins
- The NASA mission is only viable due to the Webster Corporation's funding.
- The NASA spacecraft is called the Argosy.
- The British missions to Mars are mentioned. However this is the first American Mars mission.
- The 'red dawn' refers to the ultraviolet radiation that penetrates Mars' atmosphere.
- Georgia Moffett is Peter Davison's daughter. She would later play Jenny in DW: The Doctor's Doctor and an unrelated character, Cassie Rice, in DW: Dreamland.
- This story marks the first appearance of the Ice Warriors in an audio play.
- Stephen Fewell (Paul Webster) is better known for his role as Jason Kane, Bernice Summerfield's ex-husband, in the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series.
- This audio drama was recorded on 20 and 21 November 1999
- The British Mars missions mentioned are either from DW: The Ambassadors of Death or NA: The Dying Days. An unmanned mission, described as being the UK's first (despite the earlier missions depicted) is featured in DW: The Christmas Invasion.
- The Ice Warriors first appeared in DW: The Ice Warriors.
- In the far future, radio and television broadcasts concerning the first manned mission to Mars will be accessed via the Gogglebox inside the Moon. (BFA: The Reaping, BFA: The Gathering)
- The Fifth Doctor and Peri would encounter the Ice Warriors again on Peladon. (BFA: The Bride of Peladon)
- The Fifth Doctor would later return to Mars in the company of Amy, where they witnessed the destruction of the planet's biosphere. (BFA: The Judgement of Isskar)
- Official Red Dawn page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for Red Dawn at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide