- You may be looking for the Cyberman-focused comic story of the same name.
The Dark Flame was the forty-second story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Trevor Baxendale and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.
It was the second Main Range audio story to be branded a "side step" into the lore and storylines of the Virgin New Adventures series. It was also the final to do so until Benny's appearance in 2009's Benny's Story.
A thousand years ago, the evil Cult of the Dark Flame infiltrated every star system in the galaxy. In the history books the Cult is legendary, its despotic leader a terrible memory.
But for some the Dark Flame still burns. For some, its horrifying power is the ultimate goal. All that is required is for the right people to be in the wrong place and time...
An archaeologist and his robot are on the poisonous world of Marran Alpha, where they will uncover a hideous relic. The Doctor and Ace are on their way to the deep space research centre Orbos, where Professor Bernice Summerfield is soon to start the countdown to universal Armageddon.
Four acolytes of Evil.
Three mad scientists.
to be added
- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Ace - Sophie Aldred
- Bernice Summerfield - Lisa Bowerman
- Joseph / Victor Farrison - Steven Wickham
- Remnex / Vilus Krull - Andrew Westfield
- Slyde - Michael Praed
- Lomar - Hannah Smith
- Broke - Toby Longworth
Energy and radiation
- Black light is defined as not the uv-light.
- The Doctor is sensitive to a parachronic time field.
- The Doctor describes himself as the butterfly of the butterfly effect.
- The Doctor observes that "sleep is for Chelonians."
- This audio drama was recorded on 26 and 27 January 2003 at The Moat Studios.
- Big Finish's later New Adventures-era stories would be Companion Chronicles, The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, novel adaptations or The Seventh Doctor: The New Adventures.
- This story is set between the novels All-Consuming Fire and Blood Harvest.
- This story was originally on CD. It is now available as a download, as well as to stream on Spotify.
- Black light as an energy source first appeared in TV: The Mysterious Planet.
- The Cult of the Dark Flame is revisited in the AUDIO: The Draconian Rage.
- The Doctor recalls his former companion Melanie Bush's departure. (TV: Dragonfire)
- The Doctor refers to Ace's time with the military. (PROSE: Deceit)
- Benny mentions the Ogrons. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
- Waking Ace, the Doctor tells her "we've got work to do." (TV: Survival)
- Official The Dark Flame page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for The Dark Flame at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide