In celebration of all the strong female characters from the Doctor Who universe, a female lead cast, along with female writers, producer and director, have come together for a Doctor Who audio box set like no other.
The Eighth of March, available for release on International Women’s Day 2019, explores a fraction of the amazing female characters from more than 50 years of the iconic BBC television show.
Starring 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). This box set celebrates these powerful, multifaceted characters in stories very unique to the Doctor Who universe.
Four adventures set on the 8th of March will see some of the strongest women in the universe working together…
- The Big Blue Book by Lizzie Hopley (starring Ace and Bernice Summerfield).
- Inside Every Warrior by Gemma Langford (starring the Paternoster Gang).
- Emancipation by Lisa McMullin (starring River Song and Leela).
- Narcissus by Sarah Grochala (starring Kate Stewart, Osgood and… the other Osgood!).
Big Finish Productions was formed 20 years ago with its first release featuring one of the Doctor’s companions, Bernice Summerfield. It continues to this day to create new empowering female heroes in their own series. The Eighth of March is not only a celebration of many great female characters, but a reminder that one of the great virtues of Big Finish is that it is able to explore and add to the mythology of characters that we have more to learn from.
Director Helen Goldwyn discussed the 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 also spoke about uniting these creatives together;
“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.”