Today is International Women’s Day, and Big Finish is celebrating with both the Doctor Who universe and the strong female characters that we’ve come to expect from our favourite show with an all-new boxset – Doctor Who: The 8th of March
But it’s not just a female cast, there is a female production team that have all come together to write, direct and produce these series of stories. Doctor Who: The 8th of March stars Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Professor Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Professor River Song (Alex Kingston) and Leela (Louise Jameson), UNIT-team Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and, in a Big Finish first together, Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny (Catrin Stewart).
1. The Big Blue Book by Lizzie Hopley (starring Ace and Bernice Summerfield)
2. Inside Every Warrior by Gemma Langford (starring the Paternoster Gang)
3. Emancipation by Lisa McMullin (starring River Song and Leela)
4. Narcissus by Sarah Grochala (starring Kate Stewart, Osgood and… the other Osgood!)
As one of Big Finish most celebrated multi-talent asset director Helen Goldwyn had a few words to comment on this new audio project. “It seems very timely to celebrate some of the women of Doctor Who, especially as the female characters in the series have evolved over the years to reflect how women’s roles have changed in society too; from assistants and inferiors to equals and adversaries! And what’s it been like, working with all these wonderful, legendary Doctor Who actors (not to mention all the fantastic guest actors too)? Well, it could only ever be a delight and a privilege really, couldn’t it? How fantastic to be part of a series that not only brings the women of Doctor Who to the forefront, but which also celebrates Big Finish’s commitment to represent and nurture female creatives like myself who have, for so long, been in the minority. This production brings us another step forward, and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Producer Emma Haigh emphasised working together with a predominately female cast and crew, “It’s been a real thrill to be part of this exciting project which once again shows off the creativity of Big Finish. It’s a privilege to work with these iconic actresses and our incredibly talented director and writers. The different combination of characters from across the series and years’ work brilliantly and has been quite inspiring.”
Big Finish has taken chances over the years, and most have paid off. This past year they have focused on adding more female voices to their multi-talented stable of actors and creatives, and it has expanded the richness and depth to their stories. We are looking forward to reviewing Doctor Who: The 8th of March this weekend.
From the worlds of Doctor Who, The 8th of March is available for pre-order now ahead of its release on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019, at £25 on CD or £20 on download from www.bigfinish.com and it will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £30 on CD or £25 on download.
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Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Producer: Emma Haigh
Script Editor: Matt Fitton
Director: Helen Goldwyn
Writers: Lizzie Hopley, Gemma Langford, Lisa McMullin and Sarah Grochala