Big Finish is releasing yet another Peter Davison’s Fifth Doctor adventure.  This time, the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa travel to ancient Naples and the town of Cumae by the base of Mount Vesuvius where they meet Cicero.   This is a unique occurance where Big Finish’s Original range is married with the classic Doctor Who stories as Samuel Barnett, the star of Cicero returns this September to star in Tartarus written by  David Llewellyn.

Cicerowas a Roman politician, lawyer and orator living in a time when the Roman Empire was in a turbulent position due to the rise of Caeser. Cicero’s impact on Latin languages is immeasurable, which makes him a worthy candidate to meet the hero of space and time, the Doctor!

Peter Davison was thrilled to be returning for a historical drama.  “I love an adventure where we interfere with history, especially when we completely destroy the reputation of a historical character! My Doctor travelled to The Great Fire of London, then the destruction of the dinosaurs… everything in history is handed down to us. I think all our heroes of history would be disappointments if we actually met them! Plus, I was ‘fanboying’ over Dirk Gently which Samuel starred in!”  

Samuel Barnett reflected on the combinations of a classic historical character to the Doctor’s universe of Time and Space.  “There is a precedent in Doctor Who of the Doctor visiting real life occasions, locations and people that are familiar to us in history. The Doctor meeting Cicero lets us see Cicero’s skills as an orator that will hopefully help to save the day… Peter Davison’s portrayal of the Doctor was my Doctor on television when I was growing up, so I’m absolutely thrilled.”

You can purchase the new story on the Big Finish website or sign up for a subscription to the Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures. When you subscribe you’ll get 30% off the price, free specially recorded Short Trips stories, PDFs of the scripts, and extended downloadable extras. You can subscribe for either 6 or 12 releases.

Big Finish Originals, Cicero: The Complete Series, Episodes I–VI, is also available on download (only) from Big Finish.




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Susan Hewitt is the Editor and Site Owner of Blogtor Who. She has loved all Doctor Who for over 5 decades now. Prisoner, Blake-7, Space-1999, Star Wars and Star Trek were also huge favourites. Her favourite Doctor is Tom Baker with Peter Capaldi following in a close second. However, David Tennant does rank as one of her favourite actors particular due to his brilliant work in theatre. She followed her heroes and became an Electrical Engineering in the semiconductor industry and worked for ATI, AMD and ARM. She is the CTO of Ryff when she isn't writing or editing Blogtor Who.


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