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Requiem for the Rocket Men was the third story in the fourth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by John Dorney and featured Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Louise Jameson as Leela and John Leeson as K9.

It featured both the Decayed Master played by Geoffrey Beevers, who had previously appeared in Fourth Doctor Adventures, and the Rocket Men, in their first appearance outside of The Companion Chronicles.

The story continued in Death Match.

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The Asteroid — notorious hideaway of the piratical Rocket Men. Hewn out of rock, surrounded by force-fields and hidden in the depths of the Fairhead Cluster, their base is undetectable, unescapable and impregnable.

In need of allies, the Master has arranged to meet with Shandar, King of the Rocket Men. But the mercenaries have captured themselves a very special prisoner — his oldest enemy, the Doctor.

What cunning scheme is the Doctor planning? How does it connect with Shandar's new robotic pet? And just what has happened to Leela? The Master will have to work the answers out if he wants to leave the asteroid... alive...


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Part two[]

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  • The Master compares keeping the Doctor imprisoned to taking a Rutan onboard an escape pod.


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  • This audio adventure was recorded on 1 and 2 July 2013 at Audio Sorcery.
  • Originally, this story was intended only to set up the appearance of the Master to lead into Death Match. It was eventually decided that there was a lot of fun story potential to be found in teaming him up with the Rocket Men and so he became heavily involved in both. This led to Requiem and Death Match becoming more closely linked than was originally envisioned. John Dorney and Matt Fitton began a collaborative effort by discussing their ideas while writing their respective scripts, effectively becoming each others' script editors. (BFX: Death Match)
  • Leela's departure scene, although it would inevitably have to be undone, was written by Dorney to give Leela the depature scene he felt she had never got. (BFX: Death Match)
  • Dorney wanted to play around with the usual Master formula. Whereas normally, the Doctor discovers the Master is at work and has to figure out his plan, Dorney instead wrote much of the story from the Master's perspective as he tries to figure out the Doctor's plan. (VOR 72)
  • Louise Jameson cried while reading the scripts. (BFX: Death Match)
  • Leela comments that knowledge is only half the battle. The phrase "knowing is half the battle" was made popular by the American 1980s cartoon G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.


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