09: Fortitude in a Slipstream
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Preceeded by The Sahul Continuum
Followed by The Welcoming
Featured cast
The Doctor Matthew Kopelke
Guy Anwar Kane Major
Production notes
Recorded June 2002
Released February 2003

Attempting to escape a trap executed by their mysterious Watcher, the Doctor and Guy arrive in the mysterious Kingdom of Elton to enjoy some quiet time while planning their final move against the Watcher.

The machinations of a local Bishop, however, prevent the Doctor and Guy from any planning. Drawn into a plot to topple the Queen from her throne, the Doctor and Guy find they too have predestined roles to play.

Why does Regal wish to depose Queen Barria? What is the mysterious secret at the heart of Elton? As the Doctor and Guy look for answers, they must use all their skills of diplomacy to avoid ending up on the headman's block...


Recording & CD mastering: Matthew Kopelke. Sound design & post-production: Aurora McPherson. Music: Howard Shore. Series theme: Ron Grainer. Realisation: The London Theatre Orchestra. Cover illustration and packaging design: Mark Brill. Press & PR: David Hutchison. Recording: BTR's Lacaroo Street Studios. Script Editor: Witold Tietze. Producer: Matthew Kopelke. Director: Witold Tietze.



Episode endings

  1. The Bishop Regal & Zautrino discuss their plans. Regal states "Our sabotage of this alliance must be preserved, at any cost".
  2. The Doctor escapes from Zautrino's sword by jumping out of a window and landing on a hey cart. Zautrino is enraged at this.
  3. With the Bishop's plans now fulfilled, the Doctor and Guy offer Zautrino a place on board the TARDIS. Zautrino accepts.

Additional credited cast

Bishop Regal (Witold Tietze), Queen Barria (Susannah Tiller), The Ebullient Zautrino (Jacob Aldridge), The Festival Manager (Nicole Fitzgerald).

Popular myths

Things to listen out for...

  • Jacob Aldridge makes his first appearance as the Ebullient Zautrino. Zautrino became such an instant hit with both the cast & crew of this serial, and the wider Internet audience, that Zautrino eventually appeared in several extra productions in the Doctor Who line for BTR, as well as his own proposed spin-off series, Ebullience: The Legend of Zautrino.
  • Howard Shore's music from The Lord of the Rings is used in place of an original incidental score. This is due to Producer Matthew Kopelke's feeling that an original score would never be cinematic or orchestral enough to suit the style of story produced here. Thankfully, author and Director Witold Tietze agreed, and this highly appropriate music was used to great effect.

Things you probably never knew...

  • The letter which the Bishop Regal reads out aloud in Part One refers to plans in place by his "Master". The author of this letter was none other than the Watcher himself, thus creating some much-needed foreshadowing and obvious linkage into the final series of the story arc, The Ouroborous Heart.

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