Big Finish Productions’ licence to make Doctor Who audio drama now runs to 2030!
Big Finish Productions, in association with BBC Studios, have announced that its licence to make original Doctor Who and spin-off audio adventures now runs until 31 March 2030. For more than two decades, Big Finish has been producing high quality, full-cast audio drama featuring characters from the worlds of Doctor Who. The first, The Sirens of Time, was released in July 1999 and, since then, over a thousand new adventures have been released on collector’s edition CD, digital download or vinyl LP.
Big Finish have expanded the Doctor Who universe across two decades of award winning audios
This year, the company was awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest-running science fiction audio play series, in recognition of the achievements of its Doctor Who range. 2022 will see the release of a raft of new box sets. Some will star 20th century Doctors Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. Meanwhile others will feature new adventures for the modern Doctors played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant respectively.
Big Finish also produces the spin-off audio drama series Torchwood, Class, The Diary of River Song, Jenny – The Doctor’s Daughter, The War Doctor Begins, The War Master, UNIT, The Year of Martha Jones, Peladon, The Lone Centurion, The Robots, and The Lost Stories, plus a range of audio novels.
BBC Studios say the renewal will allow “fantastic new adventures for many more years”
Jan Paterson is Director of Books and Audio at BBC Studios. She described the long partnership between Big Finish and the BBC. “Our partnership with Big Finish has been going for over 20 years. Over this time the team there has created the most extensive range of original Doctor Who audio dramas and readings, working with the original casts. This renewal of our long-term licence secures our partnership to allow Big Finish to create fantastic new adventures for the Doctors and their friends for many more years.”
Big Finish are already beginning plans for another decade of Doctor Who on audio
Jason Haigh-Ellery, is Big Finish Chairman and Co-Executive Producer. And he says the team are already excited to be planning another decade of adventures. “We are very grateful to the BBC for once again placing their faith in Big Finish and extending our license into another decade – this time up to 2030. This allows us to really plan ahead and create long term story lines and character development not just for the Doctors and the companions but also for new series and elements that we can’t talk about yet! We are excited about the next decade and the adventures we are going to create in the TARDIS for us all to enjoy together.”
Nicholas Briggs, Big Finish Creative Director and Co-Executive Producer, said: “This rather lovely licence extension from the BBC for us to continue making Doctor Who audio drama until 2030 takes me past my official retirement date — although I have no plans to retire from anything. I look forward to working with Big Finish’s great creative team and our colleagues at BBC Studios for many years to come!”
You can find the whole ever expanding universe of Big Finish at www.bigfinish.com