- Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who audio)
title=Invaders from Mars
Eighth Doctor Charley Pollard
Gary Russell Jason Haigh-Ellery
Minuet in Hell" and
The Chimes of Midnight"
length=1 hour 34 mins
"Invaders from Mars" is a
Big Finish Productionsaudio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series " Doctor Who". This audio drama was later broadcast on BBC 7in four weekly parts (starting on the 29th of October 2005) and was later rebroadcast on the same channel once more (beginning on the 19th of November 2006).
Manhattan 1938, the Eighth Doctor and Charley meet a crooked gangster, a Russian spy, a sinister fifth columnist and Orson Welles. Welles's broadcast of "War of the Worlds" is just a story, but maybe there really are aliens at loose.
*The Doctor —
Charley Pollard— India Fisher
*Mouse — Ian Hallard
John Houseman— Jonathan Rigby
Orson Welles— David Benson
*Bix Biro —
*Don Chaney —
*Glory Bee —
*Cosmo Devine — John Arthur
*Winkler — Ian Hallard
*Mark Benton played conspiracy theorist Clive in "Rose".
*"The Invaders from Mars" was the original title for the 1970
Third Doctorstory, " The Ambassadors of Death".
*In episode one, Houseman reads from the "War of the Worlds" radio play. Welles responds with: "Who wrote this crap? I certainly didn't write this crap." Houseman responds "You will, Orson, you will." This is a reference to a famous witticism by
James McNeill Whistler, who said "You will, Oscar; you will" to Oscar Wildewhen Wilde said "I wish I'd said that". This incident was dramatised in the "Oscar Wilde Sketch" in an episode of " Monty Python's Flying Circus".
*The radio ventriloquist mentioned several times during the play is
Edgar Bergen, who was performing that night on the competing NBC Red Network along with his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.
*Don Chaney's name is a reference to horror actor
Lon Chaney, his nickname is "Phantom" which is a reference to one of Lon Chaney's most famous film roles, The Phantom of the Opera; Bix Biro's name is a reference to the Bic and Biro. Cosmo Devine may be reference to determining what is in space.
*Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg (are the creators and stars of the television comedy "
Spaced". Stevenson also has part in two episodes of the 2007 series of "Doctor Who" (entitled "Human Nature" and " The Family of Blood"), while Pegg appeared in " The Long Game".
*This is the first audio story to credit India Fisher as Charley on the front cover.
*Hadley Cantril's book on "The War of the Worlds" hoax was entitled "Invasion From Mars", which is similar to the title of this story.
The first season of Eighth Doctor audios featured a number of deliberate errors:
*There were 48 States in the United States in 1938, not 49 as Chaney claims.
*The CIA was not established until
1947, almost nine years after the events portrayed here.
*Welles fails to recognise a Shakespearean quotation.
*Don Chaney claims to own a 1929
Lamborghinipreviously owned by Al Capone, but Lamborghinis did not exist until 1963.
The first two "mistakes" in this list were deliberate, intended to be examples of anti-time contamination.) The third was also deliberate, but was explained in
The Time of the Daleks. The last was not deliberate but was later retconnedto be another example of anti-time contamination.)
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