Originally released in 1985 as part of the first season of audio plays from Audio Visuals (a non-profit-making fan organisation).
The characters of Askran and Miranda fascinated me, and the creation of the drug Sargol became an important, continuing theme lasting well into the fourth season.
Although Askran (always portrayed with sophisticated charm
and menace by John Ainsworth) has returned to plague the
Doctor, Miranda's only re-appearance was in an unused
season two script, The Sargol Seduction (by Emma Lindley).
Although there was much potential in Askran and Sargol, the
AV team were not keen on The Sargol Seduction's
tongue-in-cheek sexual overtones, and the fact it concentrated
more on Miranda.
Gary Russell, March '92
Apart from the opening dream sequence, the play was recorded entirely in order. I recall that I felt particularly awkward about my final line which I had to shout at the top of my voice. Fortunately I had to do only two takes before the director was satisfied.
You may notice that when I speak I have slightly soft "R".
So I was rather amused when the producer showed me letter from a
listener which read, 'I think Askwan is weally gwate.'
John Ainsworth, March '92
|The Doctor||Nicholas Briggs|
|Greg Holmes||Richard Marson|
|Script||Christopher Rhys & Emma Lindley|
|Series Theme||Brian Marshall|
|Editors||Nick Layton & Jim Mortimore|
|Cover Art||Alan Barnes|
Audio Visuals is a non-profit-making fan organisation