This 5CD boxset sees the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) make new friends in the form of Roman robot Vesuvius (Toby Longworth) and plucky schoolgirl Sharon Davies (Rhianne Starbuck).
Two four-part adventures adapted from classic comic strips originally published in Doctor Who Weekly. In The Iron Legion, the Doctor becomes a fugitive in a parallel world ruled by a steampunk Roman Empire, while The Star Beast has the Doctor encounter a pair of suburban schoolchildren who have taken in a shipwrecked alien: a cute, fuzzy alien who couldn’t possibly be one of the most evil criminals in the known universe… At a time when Doctor Who outside of television was scarce, the writers of the comic dared to take Doctor Who as we know it and make is a little bit stranger, broadening the possibilities of what could be done. These audio dramatisations, adapted by experienced comics and audio writer Alan Barnes, flesh these stories out to allow the narrative to breathe and the characters to have more depth, whilst also staying faithful to the distinctive tone of the source material.
A Full Cast miniseries in a 3CD boxset. Starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Burn Gorman as Owen Harper. Guest-starring Mac McDonald as Steve Ross and Arthur Darvill as Frank Layton.
The Church of the Outsiders believe that mankind must ascend to the stars in order to evolve. Dr Owen Harper believes that the Church is a dangerous cult that must be stopped. Captain Jack Harkness believes he may be the Church’s salvation… Why grab it? Whilst all the leads have starred in their own adventures for Big Finish, this is the first time all five of them have been brought together for a classic Torchwood tale. It’s a real ensemble piece, with each of member of the team given their moment to shine. With Guy Adams (More Than This, Outbreak) on writing duties, this 3CD box set could be one of the highlights of the year.
Romana (Lalla Ward) and Narvin (Sean Carlsen) of the Celestial Intervention Agency seem to have lost all of their allies, and the War Council of Gallifrey has a new leader. Enter: Rassilon (Terence Hardiman).
In their time of need, the Time Lords have resurrected their greatest hero. But the return of Rassilon deepens the divisions on Gallifrey, and Romana and Narvin soon discover that not even the Time War will put an end to the planet’s political machinations… Everyone loses in war time. While the first set in the saga charted the outbreak of the war, the second explores what dark methods the Time Lords may resort to if they are to emerge victorious. But every action has its consequences, and the exploration of a Time Lord resistance opposed to Rassilon’s authoritarian approach adds an extra layer of intrigue to an already compelling scenario.
A Sixth Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Colin Baker, with Blake Harrison as Daniel Hopkins, Russ Bain as Lewis Price and David Banks as the Cyber Leader.
UNIT summons the Doctor to London, the deserted capital of a nation gripped by an extreme drought – a drought with a suspected extraterrestrial cause. The Cybermen have been waiting, and it seems that their hour has come… Whilst Big Finish have told plenty of new Cybermen tales, this is the first time they’ve used the talents of bona fide ‘80s Cybermen stalwarts David Banks and Mark Hardy. This story is also a sequel to Fifth Doctor adventure The Helliax Rift, revisiting some key characters and showing them in a different light.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Burn Gorman as Owen Harper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.
Deep in the Welsh countryside, an alien signal calls an ancient battlefleet to Earth. Two Torchwood agents are sent to stop it, but while Ianto loves the outdoors, Owen is a far less happy camper…! The Torchwood range continues to mix things up, throwing the eager tea boy and the sarcastic medical officer together on a mission posing as campers. Written by Ianto himself, this setup should make good use of both David-Lloyd’s sharp sense of humour and his local knowledge of the Welsh countryside.
Georgia Tennant (nee Moffett) returns as Jenny, the progenated semi-clone offspring of the Tenth Doctor in this 5CD boxset. On her new journeys she picks up her own companion (Harry Potter’s Sean Biggerstaff) and faces the likes of amphibious arms dealer Garundel (Stuart Milligan) and new series favourites the Ood (Silas Carson).
Con jobs, revolutions, the depths of suburbia and strange goings on in space – it’s a big universe out there, and Jenny is ready to explore it… The creative team behind this new spinoff (led by Tenth Doctor Adventures writer Matt Fitton) have set out to make a series full of fun and excitement, making the best of Georgia’s own natural sense of humour. This 5CD set promises to take the naive youngster we saw in The Doctor’s Daughter and develop her into a witty, clever and charismatic adventurer – every inch her father’s daughter.
Alex Kingston stars in this 5CD set as River Song, the Doctor’s adventurous archaeologist wife, alongside Geoffrey Beevers as the Master, Eric Roberts as the Master, Derek Jacobi as the Master and Michelle Gomez as
the Master Missy.
A four-part anthology of adventures, with River facing a different incarnation of the Master in each. There’s a prison escape with Missy, an archaeological adventure with the decayed Master, a story of survival with the Bruce Master and a reckoning in deep space with the War Master… Each of the previous River Song series has featured the Doctor in some sense – this release sees River unshackled, going toe-to-toe with a big-name villain who is sure to give her a run for her money. Eric Roberts is on board in his first Doctor Who project since the TV Movie in 1996, and Michelle Gomez’s Missy becomes the first major Twelfh Doctor era character to receive the Big Finish treatment, lending this set an extra frisson of excitement.
A Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Sylvester McCoy, with Sophie Aldred as Ace, Philip Olivier as Hex, Katy Manning as Iris Wildthyme and David Benson as Panda.
Paris in the 1920s is home to all kinds of people. There’s the veiled lady with a face like a cubist painting, and the acerbic art critic who looks suspiciously like a stuffed toy panda. But there’s a mystery that lies beneath the city’s cheerful bohemian veneer, and the search for the truth could tear one of the Doctor’s oldest friendships apart… The delightfully idiosyncratic Iris Wildthyme has been cropping up at Big Finish for years, meeting multiple Doctors. This release marks her first encounter with the Seventh Doctor, and the contrast between the methodical Time Lord against the effervescent and fanciful Iris should make for an intriguing combination. Coming from the brilliantly warped mind of Paul Magrs (The Zygon Who Fell To Earth), this should be a Parisian adventure to remember!
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Kai Owen as Rhys Williams.
Gwen and Rhys are escaping disaster in a hatchback. Driving through the night, they must keep their wits about them to survive. Lost, alone and afraid, can they truly trust each other…? A tense character piece with a tinge of horror, this bottle episode from Guy Adams (Made You Look, Moving Target) looks to push Gwen and Rhys’ relationship to the limit.
Two First Doctor audio adventures in a 5CD boxset, starring the cast of An Adventure in Space and Time – David Bradley as the First Doctor, Claudia Grant as Susan, Jemma Powell as Barbara and Jamie Glover as Ian.
The first of two 4-part adventures in this set, The Invention of Death, takes the travellers to one of the most alien worlds they have ever encountered. Then, the TARDIS journeys on to isolationist 19th century Japan in The Barbarians and the Samurai… This series provides a great opportunity to update the traditions of early Doctor Who, with John Dorney taking the usual First Doctor ‘strange alien planet’ story and adding a shot of hard science fiction, while Andrew Smith’s historical revisits the early series’ interest in depicting non-Western cultures, now populated with a full cast of actors of non-Western descent.
A Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Sylvester McCoy, with Jessica Martin as Mags (The Greatest Show in the Galaxy).
The people of Gokroth call out for help – gripped by fear of the monsters that live in the forest beyond the village. One day, that call is answered by a mysterious traveller from another world – a traveller called Mags… It’s the start of a new chapter for the Seventh Doctor as his path crosses once more with punk werewolf Mags in a story full of classic gothic trappings. Writer Matt Fitton (Criss-Cross, A Life of Crime) should have no trouble reintroducing the character, while newcomer director Samuel Clemens should bring a fresh edge to this adventure.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Samuel Barnett as Norton Folgate and Tom Price as Sergeant Andy Davidson.
Strange things can be found on the streets of 1950s Soho: gangsters, alien artefacts, and a 21st century Welsh police officer are just the start of it… The comedic combination that made previous Torchwood adventure Ghost Mission a delight are reunited – Sergeant Andy playing the down-to-earth straight man opposite the morally ambiguous and camp-as-Christmas Norton. Writer James Goss has hit on the canny idea of inverting the premise of the previous Andy/Norton tale, bringing Andy to the ‘50s to act as Norton’s assessor. With Andy as a temporal fish out of water, this one has a flavour of ‘Torchwood does Life on Mars’.
Jacob Dudman lends his considerable talents to this 4CD set, acting as narrator, the Eleventh Doctor and a host of other characters. He’s joined by familiar faces in Simon Fisher-Becker as Dorium Maldovar (A Good Man Goes to War) and Danny Horn as a young Kazran Sardick (A Christmas Carol).
Four new adventures for the Eleventh Doctor, each with a different companion. There’s the hunt for a killer fairytale with Amy, climbing to the top of a very strange giant tree with Kazran, the coming of an ancient force with Dorium and a case of history gone wrong with Clara – and Jane Austen…! This set showcases plenty of emerging writing talent that should bring something fresh to the Big Finish table. Chief vocal talent Jacob Dudman rose to internet stardom off the back of his Eleventh Doctor impressions on YouTube, and with Matt Smith still tied up in high profile acting projects this is likely the closest we will get to new full-on Eleventh Doctor Adventures for quite some time.
A Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Sylvester McCoy, with Jessica Martin as Mags (The Greatest Show in the Galaxy).
With Mags looking for somewhere to belong, the Doctor decides to show her some of her home planet’s history. But the feudal society of the Four Great Wolf Packs is rife with tension, and the travellers soon find themselves caught in the midst of a civil conflict about to turn bloody… It’s Doctor Who does Games of Thrones – with werewolves! Visiting Mags’ homeworld and seeing how she reacts to her own history is a great way to explore the character and have her confront her own monstrous nature. With experienced writer Emma Reeves (Torchwood: Forgotten Lives) providing the script, this should be full of good character material and rich world building.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato.
Think of all the people who annoy you in life. The irritants, the frustration artists and the nagging little so-and-sos that make life difficult. Imagine you could silence them just by thinking. Would you do it…? It’s something different from the Torchwood range, with heavy-hitting writers David Llewellyn (Uncanny Valley), James Goss (Corpse Day) and Jonathan Morris (Doctor Who: Static) collaborating on a single script. The play’s themes of power and temptation should make for some good material for the insecure and often overlooked Tosh.
Michelle Ryan stars as Doctor Who’s answer to Lara Croft, Lady Christina de Souza, in this 5CD set. Amongst the guest cast are Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble (Donna’s mum) and Christopher Ryan as Sontaran Grunt, while Warren Brown and Tracy Wiles make a crossover appearance as their UNIT characters.
Following her appearance in 2009’s Planet of the Dead and hot off the back of her recent turn in The Tenth Doctor Chronicles, this set sees Christina’s own series start with a bang, featuring a quartet of daring heists and thrilling adventures – including murder on the French Riviera, sinister skin products for the rich and famous, an international chase with intergalactic art thieves and a sect of Slitheen stalking Edinburgh Castle. The writing team, a mix of established and new Big Finish talent, have concocted a big brash riot of excitement, fun and adventure – drawing on everything from Ocean’s 8 to schlock horror, ‘70s disaster movies, classic Bond film Moonraker and even Fawlty Towers!
A Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Sylvester McCoy, with Jessica Martin as Mags (The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) and Sophie Aldred as Ace.
Answering a summons from Ace, the Doctor brings Mags to London in the early 1990s, and it’s possibly the strangest place she has ever been. Ace wants some help springing an alien captive from a nearby mansion, but the trio soon discover that they may have bitten off more than they can chew… The final tale in the trilogy swaps out the gothic/mythic fantasy in favour of something more urban. Viewing London in the ‘90s (itself now something of an alien world compared to 2019) through the eyes of Mags should make for some novel material. Despite the urban setting there’s still an element of the otherworldly – there isn’t just an alien werewolf in London, but an Australian vampire too!
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Murray Melvin as Bilis Manger – the time travelling villain who originally appeared at the climax of the first series of Torchwood.
Bilis Manger, former caretaker and antiques dealer, is now the manager of the Traveller’s Hault hotel. But what has brought him to the hotel? And what horrors await the establishment’s unfortunate guests…? This dark, eerie and claustrophobic piece is a chance to peel back some of the layers of Torchwood’s most enigmatic villain and see what makes him tick. It’s also a chance to see what he is capable of when Torchwood aren’t around to stop him!
Two First Doctor audio adventures in a 5CD boxset, starring the cast of An Adventure in Space and Time – David Bradley as the First Doctor, Claudia Grant as Susan, Jemma Powell as Barbara and Jamie Glover as Ian. Also featuring a special guest performance from Carole Ann Ford – best known as the original Susan!
The travellers find themselves entangled in a historical dilemma of the ancient world in Marc Platt’s The Phoenecians, while Tick-Tock World by Guy Adams sees the travellers marooned in a sideways dimension outside space and time, watched over by a mysterious woman… The two four-part adventures in this set continue the great traditions of the early era of the programme, with a richly drawn historical followed by an imaginative science-fiction tale. Platt’s script should play to his strengths in world building and mythology, while the true nature of Carole Ann Ford’s character and her relationship to the TARDIS crew should add plenty of intrigue to the second half of the set.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper.
Many years ago, something unspeakable happened at Fetch Priory. And now, a production crew have arrived at the place where it all happened, shooting a cheap and nasty horror film based on the events of that terrible time. But when the crew discover that the horrors of the past have intruded on the present, it’s up to one of the cast – secretly a Torchwood agent – to stop the manifestation of Death itself… Producer James Goss and director/script editor Scott Handcock have hit on a canny idea, importing some familiar Doctor Who monsters into Torchwood, where they stand to benefit from the strong characterisation, adult tone and moral complexity that typify the range. Launching with the Fendahl – an underexplored classic series monster with loads of potential for cosmic horror – is a brilliant move and writer Tim Foley (other credits?) should provide plenty of chills.