An original audio drama starring Louise Jameson. A signed version of this release is also available for $15.
Joanne Taylor – former TV Diva – is on the verge of her fifty-somethingth birthday, seriously single, ‘hot-flushing’ and about to make some drastic changes in her life. Pulling Faces is an acerbic, topical comedy about society’s obsession with youth, beauty and transformation. Note: Drama Showcase productions contain adult material and are not suitable for younger listeners.
Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor), Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka), Hattie Morahan (Helen Sinclair) and Alex Kingston (“Melody Malone”) lead a gargantuan cast across four blockbuster adventures, including the return of Mark Bonnar (the Eleven), Emma Cunliffe (the Sonomancer) and Robert Bathurst (Padrac), along with the Doom Coalition debut of Rufus Hound (the Meddling Monk)!
Picking up from the shocking cliffhanger that ended the previous box set, the Doctor must start from nothing if there is any hope of averting genocide on a cosmic scale. Melody Malone may be the Doctor’s only hope, but she’s just been made a better offer… A lot of build up has gone into the Doom Coalition series, establishing a number of settings and characters to set the stage for this, the payoff. With three companions, a consortium of renegade Time Lords and the Weeping Angels all in play, this 5 CD box set has had everything and the kitchen sink thrown in to make a spectacular finale.
It’s back to Season 18 for Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor) and Lalla Ward (Romana II), along with Camilla Power (Torchwood: From Out of the Rain), Chris Jarman (Doctor Who: The Curse of the Black Spot) and Jane Slavin (incoming Fourth Doctor companion Ann Kelso).
An archaeological dig searching for Iron Age relics finds a product of alien technology. Beneath the soil, a Movellan warship is stirring, and one of the greatest threats to all humanity lies on board… Fresh from their cameo appearance in Series 10, the Movellans make an unexpected return here in a script from genuine Season 18 scribe Andrew Smith. Smith has past form putting a new spin on old monsters, including the Sontarans, the Voord and his own TV creations the Marshmen, so this adventure should expand on the silver dreadlocked robots in interesting ways.
A Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure on a double CD starring Sylvester McCoy, with Sophie Aldred as Ace and Bonnie Langford as Mel.
Planning on visiting a world of natural beauty, the Doctor and his friends instead arrive on the neighbouring parking planetoid, and soon find themselves caught in a war about Free Parking… With the story’s satirical themes married to writer John Dorney’s signature wit, this could be the makings of another corker from Big Finish, recalling classic TV stories such as The Sunmakers and Paradise Towers.
Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Petronella Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) lead the 21st century UNIT ensemble in this 5CD release as they come face to face with the formidable River Song (Alex Kingston).
Kate finds herself reluctantly meddling with the laws of life and death, Osgood investigates mysterious forces in the weather systems that could cause a global catastrophe, and the whole UNIT team are faced with a challenge when a wave of temporal anomalies follow in the wake of River Song… UNIT and The Diary of River Song are two of the most well established new series spinoffs in Big Finish’s playbook, so it’s about time they had a crossover! Jonathan Morris pens a creepy sequel to his lauded Sixth Doctor adventure Static, Lisa McMullin weaves a tale of an old Scottish woman who speaks to the wind and Guy Adams throws murders, Vikings and dinosaurs into his explosive double-length finale. With a temporary hiatus planned following this release, this clutch of adventures should leave a spectacular lasting impression.
Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), and Osgood (Ingird Oliver) lead the UNIT team into battle against the Cybermen (Nicholas Briggs) when the Master (Derek Jacobi) unexpectedly arrives – but whose side is he on?
A secret network of alien tech collectors, a virtual reality programme with sinister origins and an enemy that will cross the divide between universes just to conquer more worlds. It’s UNIT at its gritty best…! UNIT and the Master have history. Having Kate and Osgood meet another incarnation of the nefarious Time Lord should provide some juicy material, especially with the hints that they form an uneasy alliance. Throw in a deadly Cyber army and this 5CD box set could be one of the strongest spin-off offerings of the year.
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.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring Indira Varma as Suzie Costello and Annette Badland as Margaret Blaine/Blon Slitheen.
When a spaceship crashes outside Cardiff, both Suzie Costello and Margaret Blaine see a golden opportunity for themselves – and each is willing to kill the other in order to get what they want. But when an alien device ties them together, they will have to set aside their competing interests in order to escape from the police, Torchwood, and the warp missiles that threaten to destroy half the planet… Pairing Suzie with Margaret is an inspired move – both characters are authority figures with their own secret agenda and both have complex relationships with their respective families. Writer Lisa McMullin (UNIT: Tempest) should provide a memorable adventure for this unlikely duo.
A Full Cast Audio Adventure on a single CD, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Katy Manning as Jo Jones (nee Grant).
Years after she parted company with the Doctor, Jo returns to Llanfairfach to find the old mining town transformed into a thriving economy built on green technology. But when an encounter with a mysterious man leads her down the old mine shaft she discovers that beneath the town’s bright exterior lies a hive of wriggling pests – GIANT MAGGOTS! Torchwood’s Welsh setting makes it a natural fit for a sequel to iconic Third Doctor story The Green Death, and this script sees beloved characters from different eras collide. With the joyful optimism of Jo counterbalanced with Jack’s rather harsher outlook on life, the two have the makings of a great double act. AND THERE ARE MAGGOTS IN IT!
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Derek Jacobi returns to the role of the Master, with Silas Carson once again voicing the Ood. Those caught in the Master’s grasp include Simon Ludders (Broadchurch), Kai Owen (Torchwood) and Angela Bruce (Doctor Who: Battlefield).
A sprawling storyline told across four adventures concerning the Master’s machinations on the troubled mining colony Callous. There’s a place that’s home to surreal horrors, an army of Ood bent to the Master’s will, and a desperate family whose lives will never be the same… Veteran War Master writers James Goss (The Sky Man) and Guy Adams (The Heavenly Paradigm) are back, building a world unfortunate enough to be caught under the Master’s spell. Jacobi’s Master, so seemingly trustworthy but with menace lurking just beneath the surface, should be in his element in this intimate, psychological tragedy told against the cataclysmic backdrop of the Time War.
Two Third Doctor adventures in a 5CD boxset, with Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Tim Treloar as Big Finish’s own Third Doctor, featuring John Levene as Sergeant Benton, Jon Culshaw as the Brigadier and Daisy Ashford as Liz Shaw.
A visit from the Doctor and Jo spells infernal trouble for Professor Liz Shaw in Primord, while The Scream of Ghosts sees the Doctor and Benton uncover the alarming connections between a new communications technology and the terrifying sounds emanating from the nearby countryside… Big Finish have now gained the confidence to finally recreate the ‘UNIT family’ in a full-cast drama. Stepping into the beloved characters of Liz and the Brig isn’t to be taken lightly, but the canny casting of the late Caroline John’s daughter as Liz and a gifted mimic and lifelong Doctor Who fan as the Brig should make this a loving tribute to an era that is sadly lacking in surviving original actors. The characters should be well served not only by the cast, but also by acclaimed audio authors John Dorney (credit here) and Guy Adams (The Transcendence of Ephros).
Master impressionist and YouTube star Jacob Dudman both narrates these four adventures and gives a staggeringly good performance as the Tenth Doctor. Joining him are Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble (aka Donna’s Mum) and Michelle Ryan returning to the role of Lady Christina de Souza!
Four new stories from throughout the Tenth Doctor’s life – there’s a rematch with the Slitheen alongside Rose, a twisty-turny time caper with Martha, strange goings on at a nursing home with Sylvia and an attempt to rescue endangered species leading to an unlikely reunion with Christina… If you’ve been hungry for more audio adventures with the Tenth Doctor then wait no further. The chronicle format is a great way to tell new stories with popular characters without having to rely on the availability of a specific actor. By all accounts, Jacob Dudman is a perfect fit, stepping effortlessly into the snazzy sneakers and pinstripe suit of the Tenth Doctor.
Following on from Vol 1, the plot thickens for the Fourth Doctor, Ann and K-9. Guest stars for this 4CD set include Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones), Carolyn Seymour (Survivors) and Ronan Vibert (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell).
The Syndicate’s plans are moving forward, and it is up to the Doctor and his friends to uncover the truth behind a deadly conspiracy that spans the vast reaches of space… Following the explosive cliffhanger at the end of Volume 1, the Syndicate story arc reaches a thrilling climax here, with plenty of suspense, action and surprising revelations. There’s even an homage to James Bond!
Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor), John Leeson (K-9) and Jane Slavin (new companion Ann Kelso) lead an impressive cast across four new adventures, including Mummy on the Orient Express’ Frank Skinner, Blake’s 7 alum Glynis Barber and Da Vinci’s Demons star Blake Ritson.
Uniformed police officer Ann Kelso is working her beat on the streets of London when she runs smack into an otherworldly man known as the Doctor. Together with the Doctor’s decidedly metallic dog K-9, they will encounter one of the founding mothers of computer science, visit a private zoo full of the most frightening predators in the galaxy, and begin to uncover a conspiracy that stretches deep into the Doctor’s past… After several seasons of playing it safe by sticking to TV companions, it’s time for a new dynamic in the Fourth Doctor’s TARDIS: enter Big Finish’s own creation, Ann Kelso. While previous series tended to consist of mostly standalone adventures, this new series incorporates an ongoing story arc – another sign that the Fourth Doctor range is moving on from pure nostalgia to something more ambitious.
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.
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.