The first Atlantis episode in the first season of the new Big Finish Stargate series of audio dramas is currently available for download at the production’s website. The CD for the drama, written and directed by Sharon Gosling, is available for pre-order and will be released on May 31, 2008.
“A Necessary Evil” is narrated by Torri Higginson and Timothy Watson and “assumes that Doctor Weir was mind-probed by the Asurans following her capture at the beginning of Season Four. During the probe, the incident she recalls is set during Season Three, after Common Ground and prior to First Strike.” The audio play, which also features a musical score, runs for approximately 70 minutes.
The story synopsis: “When Sheppard’s team encounter a culture with phase shift technology that keeps their entire population invisible – and immaterial – to the outside world, it looks like Atlantis might have found the perfect protection from the Wraith. Eager to make a trade for the technology, Doctor Weir embarks on a diplomatic mission to negotiate with the people of Lannavulin. But once there, it becomes apparent that not everyone is happy with the planet’s status quo…”
Fans will be able to download each audio adventure, along with the CD artwork, for £8.99/$8.99 (US). A behind-the-scenes extra, an interview with Torri Higginson, appears to be available only on the CD, which is currently priced at $19.94 + $3.01 shipping (USD) at the website. Those who buy the CD will be permitted to download the episode from the website at no extra charge.
The next episode in the series will feature Claudia Black in the Stargate SG-1 story “Shell Game” and is due to be released in June this year.