The Eight Truths was the seventh story in the third series of the Eighth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Eddie Robson and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller.
This is the first story to feature the Eight Legs since the 1999 short story Return of the Spiders. They were first introduced in Jon Pertwee's final Doctor Who television story, Planet of the Spiders, broadcast in 1974.
The story continues in Worldwide Web.
Perhaps there's someone who can help. A chance encounter with an old sparring partner leads Lucie to the Eightfold Truth — a bunch of crystal-bearing cranks who reckon a rebel sun is on its way to purge the Earth. As if!
But what if they're right?
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith
- Clark Goodman - Stephen Moore
- Kelly Westwood - Sophie Winkleman
- Dr Avishka Sangakkara - Sanjeev Bhaskar
- The Headhunter - Katarina Olsson
- Karen Coltraine - Kerry Godliman
- Rob - Richard Earl
- David - Anthony Spargo
- Queen - Beth Chalmers
- Newsreader - Barnaby Edwards
- In 2015, relations between the United States and Cuba remain tense.
- The Eightfold Truth was founded by Clark Goodman in 1987. It has 244 million members worldwide. Its membership has increased fivefold since 2010. Its headquarters, known as the Centre of Balance, is the former BBC Television Centre, which they purchased three years earlier, in 2012.
- The United Kingdom's space programme is fully operational but retains an reputation for amateurism.
- The Doctor uses his UNIT credentials to gain access to the information about the space probe.
- Although the story description and the textless cover art give a date of 2015, the newspaper on the finished cover has the date 9 November 2012.
- The story begins on 21 October 2015. This is the same future date to which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travelled in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.
- This audio drama was recorded on 25 September and 23 October 2008 at The Moat Studios.
- The story was initially released as a download on the Big Finish website on 30 May and 6 June 2009.
- Goodman mentions buying the BBC Television Centre "three years ago". In the real world, the BBC vacated the building as their headquarters in 2012 and it has since been used for commercial and residential purposes (though television production resumed again in 2017).
- Kelly Westwood mentions the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy, TV: Rose)
- The story features the Eight Legs and Metebelis crystals. The Doctor also alludes to his third incarnation's death from radiation poisoning. (TV: Planet of the Spiders)
- The Doctor refers to Orbis. (AUDIO: Orbis)
- Official The Eight Truths page at bigfinish.com
- DisContinuity for The Eight Truths at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide