Nicola Bryant reprises her role as companion Peri Brown in this month’s Doctor Who – Short Trip audio drama, The Meaning of Red, available now from Big Finish
The Meaning of Red explores friendship, survival, and self-discovery, and sees actress Nicola Bryant return to her on-screen role as companion of the Fifth Doctor Perpugilliam Brown (or ‘Peri’ for short).
In this debut Big Finish audio adventure from writer Rod Brown, Peri finds herself all alone on a desolate, alien world. Now, she must fight for survival on her own – can she succeed without the Doctor’s help?
The TARDIS accidentally strands Peri alone on the inhospitable world of Calleto. Taking refuge with the planet’s only colonists, she waits and waits, but the Doctor doesn’t return. Her only hope lies in discovering the secrets of this planet.
It’s that, or she dies.
Writer Rod Brown has said, “The Doctor has been my best friend and companion since I was aged two; I was therefore so grateful for the opportunity to write for Peri and the Fifth Doctor. Peri had grown significantly between her two TV appearances with Peter Davison; from the somewhat rebellious hothead in Planet of Fire to the more mature and sympathetic character we saw on Androzani Minor. I thought it would be interesting to explore the reasons why and how she had grown up during this period – hence her predicament in The Meaning of Red.”
Producer Alfie Shaw said, “The Meaning of Red takes a post-2005 Doctor Who television series staple (the ‘Doctor Lite’ episode) and applies it to a classic TARDIS team. Rod’s done a fantastic job of highlighting the strengths of Peri as a character. Even though she’s separated from the Doctor, we see all the traits that make her a perfect match for him. Nicola’s a fantastic reader and has brought the whole thing to life wonderfully.”
Doctor Who – Short Trips: The Meaning of Red is available to download now, exclusively from the Big Finish website, priced at just £2.99.
Duration: 45 minutes approx.
Released: 6 October 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Helen Goldwyn
Producer: Alfie Shaw
Script Editor: Alfie Shaw
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Written by: Rod Brown
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery