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.
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.
The leading ladies of the Doctor Who universe take centre stage in this special 5CD release, with star turns from the likes of Louise Jameson (Leela), Alex Kingston (River Song), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Petronella Osgood), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra) and Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint).
A quartet of female-led tales all set on the date of International Women’s Day: River and Leela team up to take down a despotic regime, Ace and Benny face a difficult situation when something terrible happens to the TARDIS, the Paternoster Gang puzzle over the mystery of a series of monstrous break-ins, and Kate Stewart and the Osgoods take an unusual line of enquiry when one of the UNIT team goes missing… This isn’t just lip service – with women occupying major roles in the cast and production crew, this is a full blown celebration of the contribution that women have made, and continue to make, to Doctor Who. Breaking in a new wave of female writing talent (many already working on further Big Finish projects), this set is just the start of Big Finish’s ongoing commitment to diverse creative talent. And if that’s not enough, the Paternoster Gang are reunited for the first time in half a decade!
Paul McGann leads an all-star cast in this 5CD set, including Rakhee Thakrar (Time War companion Bliss), Blakes 7’s Jacqueline Pearce (Cardinal Ollistra), Marple’s Julia McKenzie (the Twelve), Luther’s Nikki Amuka-Bird (Tamasan) and legendary impressionist Jon Culshaw (Doctor Ogron) with Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.
The Doctor finds himself drawn closer to the heart of the conflict in this quartet of adventures set during the early stages of the Time War, visiting a twisted world that was once home to his companion, meeting an old enemy with a new face and waking in a prison designed for the most evil beings in the universe before finally being forced into battle… This set sees writers Jonathan Morris (We Are The Daleks), Guy Adams (The War Doctor: Pretty Lies) and Timothy X Atack (The Wreck of the World) throw some out-there elements to the Time War, introducing the Twelve – the new ‘little old lady’ incarnation of the villain previously known as the Eleven – as well as an intriguing new take on the Dalek’s old henchmen, the Ogrons. The Time War is about to get stranger.
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.
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.
This 5CD set sees the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan) visit friend and foe alike in the shape of renegade Time Lord the Eleven (Mark Bonnar) and Liv’s sister Tula (Claire Rushbrook).
The Doctor tries to take his friends somewhere relaxing, but both a visit to Liv’s home and a festive treat in Austria are filled with more danger than the Doctor bargained for. Meanwhile, the true horror of the Ravenous threatens to emerge from the shadows… The set boasts the return of old favourites the Kaldor robots (from classic Fourth Doctor adventure The Robots of Death) as well as recurring Eighth Doctor audio villain the Eleven. There’s plenty new to be found as well, with a decidedly demonic double-length Christmas adventure and the first appearance of the titular Ravenous bringing an element of horror to the fore.
The inimitable Michelle Gomez returns to the character of Missy in this 5CD boxset, with Rufus Hound as fellow renegade Time Lord, the Meddling Monk!
Four adventures following Missy’s evil escapades as she works towards the fruition of her fiendish master plan (or should that be missy plan?). There’s a Mary Poppins pastiche, a royal rivalry in Tudor times, a crime story with Missy on the side of the law and a finale where Missy’s devilish schemes could all go horribly right… Hot on the heels of her audio debut alongside River Song, Missy stars in her own series, exploring what she gets up to away from the Doctor’s guiding influence. Big Finish have brought in four of their finest writing talents – Roy Gill (UNIT: Open The Box), John Dorney (Infamy of the Zaross), Nev Fountain (The Widow’s Assassin) and Jonathan Morris (The Auntie Matter) – to capture all the mischief, mayhem and malevolence that comes with the character of Missy.
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!
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.