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Iain McLaughlin

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It's always a pleasure to write for Doctor Who. Big Finish's audio plays hit the wonderful middle ground of letting us revisit old Doctors and companions  but enjoying them in new and modern stories. It's the best of all worlds, and I think Big Finish are responsible for a  lot of the best Doctor Who in the franchise's history.

THE EYE OF THE SCORPION

Big Finish Productions 2001


1400 BC

Egypt is in mourning. Pharaoh, the great God-King, is dead. The future of the Two Kingdoms of Egypt is shrouded in uncertainty as the Council of Priests debates the claim to the throne of Pharaoh's only heir.

Out in the deserts around Thebes, Egypt's capital, a warlord chief is assembling an army of mercenaries, waiting for just the right moment to strike at Egypt's heart.

But not all of Egypt's enemies are outside the city. What is the secret of the strange box discovered in the desert?

When the TARDIS arrives nearby, it has apparently been hi-jacked... by the Doctor?

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Big Finish Productions 2003


Whilst showing his latest companion, Erimem, around her new home, the Doctor discovers that the TARDIS seems remarkably keen to be as unhelpful as possible. Almost as if it wants rid of its occupants...

THE VEILED LEOPARD

Big Finish Productions, 2006

with CLAIRE BARTLETT


Monte Carlo, 1966:

Four time travellers. Two missions. One costumed ball. The Doctor has sent Peri and Erimem to prevent the fabulous Veiled Leopard diamond from being stolen. Which is odd, seeing as the Doctor has sent Ace and Hext to steal the diamond. how will the two teams cope with this contradictory task? Will Peri's asp slip? Why does Ace have to pretend to be a French maid? How will Erimem cope with Pharaoh Rammalamadingdong? And can Hex really "do posh"?


PHOBOS

Big Finish Productions, 2007

with CLAIRE BARTLETT

Original draft only


The TARDIS lands on Phobos, moon of Mars — where extreme sports nuts of the future indulge their passion for gravity-boarding and wormhole-jumping. But there's something lurking in the shadows, something infinitely old and infinitely dangerous. It's not for nothing that "Phobos" is the ancient word for "fear"...

HUMAN CONFLICT

Big Finish Productions, 2018


1941. The Prime Minister has much on his mind as London reels from the Blitz. When a daring mission to discover Nazi secrets bears unexpected results, Churchill heads north to retrieve technology that could win the war. But an old ally is set against his intent. Weary from his own people’s conflict, the Doctor knows that some weapons should never enter the field of human conflict.

When I was a kid UNIT were a big party of Doctor Who. My Dad was a staff sergeant in the army, so I always felt a sort of pull to the army in the show. It's an affection that never went away and when I was offered the chance to work on a UNIT audio series I jumped at it, especially when I found out we'd have the Brigadier on board.

TIME HEALS

Big Finish Productions, 2005

with CLAIRE BARTLETT


The UK branch of UNIT is under threat. The Government wants its own military investigative organisation, one under its sole control. The public want answers to the strange things that have been happening recently.

When the division's commanding officer goes missing whilst transporting a dangerous cargo, Colonel Emily Chaudhry, UNIT's political officer, is thrown in at the deep end. Things are not helped when a series of accidents show a bizarre pattern.

The Brigadier, meanwhile, is trying to enjoy his retirement ­ but it seems it is time again for him to come to the rescue.

THE WASTING

Big Finish Productions, 2005

with CLAIRE BARTLETT


A deadly flu-like infection is sweeping the planet. Its first cases appeared in Britain but now millions are infected worldwide and there is no sign of a cure. The emergency services can't cope with what the press have dubbed a plague…

Under attack from all sides, UNIT in Britain is in disarray. It faces a stark choice - to close its doors and concede defeat, or to fight back, whatever the cost… and the injured Colonel Emily Chaudhry knows UNIT has never backed down from a battle…

If UNIT is to fight back, it's going to need the services of its missing commander, Colonel Brimmicombe-Wood, and the experience of the Brigadier, who can never refuse when duty calls…

I've been lucky enough to work on a couple of Blake's 7 audios for Big Finish. It's a real blast working on a show that's been part of your consciousness since you were 10 years old. Add to that I got to work with Cav Scott and Justin Richards on these, which was terrific. I have enormous respect for both. To cap it all mine were both Vila-centric stories, so... excellent all round.

GHOST SHIP

Big Finish Productions, 2014


Vila is scared. Of course he is. Vila is always scared.


He should feel safe. He is on board the Liberator, the most powerful ship ever constructed. He is home – but he is certainly not alone.


Ghostly figures stalk the corridors of the Liberator. Spectres who know Vila’s name. 


Revenants. Demons.


And Vila has nowhere to run.

POISON

Big Finish Productions, 2015


Federation Freighter Antares is a ship with many secrets. Why is it making regular runs to a heavily guarded frontier world? Why is the hold out of bounds? And who is watching the crew’s every move?


Events take a dangerous turn when two new recruits come on board. Will Jance and Voss survive their very first mission together?


This was the second story in Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles - Volume 11

TIME HUNTER: ECHOES

with CLAIRE BARTLETT


A reading of our Time Hiunter novella by the excellent TRACEY CHILDS


Featuring Honoré Lechasseur and Emily Blandish.


Echoes of the past ... echoes of the future. Honoré Lechasseur can see the threads that bind the two together, however when he and Emily Blandish find themselves outside the imposing tower-block headquarters of Dragon Industry, both can sense something is wrong.


There are ghosts in the building, and images and echoes of all times pervade the structure. But what is behind this massive contradiction in time, and can Honoré and Emily figure it out before they become trapped themselves?


Part mystery, part detective story, part dark fantasy, part science fiction... original adventures in time and space.

REJECTED IDEAS


This page contains some scripts that didn't make it into production.


Never throw an idea in the bin - you never know when you might be able to use it. Anyway, just as a curiosity, here are some of my efforts that went nowhere...