Big Finish are offering full-cast audio adventure Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus as a free download for one week only, as part of their ‘Weekly Freebies‘ offer
Every week, Big Finish are releasing a selection of giveaways, including free and discounted releases, entitled ‘Weekly Freebies‘. This week’s free download is Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus, which was first released back in 2016.
This full-cast audio drama stars Ed Stoppard as Dan Dare, a British science fiction action hero created by artist Frank Hampson and his editor, the Reverend Marcus Morris. Dan Dare first appeared between 1950 and 1967 in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, and was dramatised seven times a week on Radio Luxembourg between 1951 and 1956. New comic strips featuring the original Dan Dare continue to be published in the magazine Spaceship Away.
Written by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle, Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus also stars Geoff McGivern as Digby, with Heida Reed as Professor Peabody. This ‘Weekly Freebie‘ can be unlocked by anyone who has registered for a free Big Finish account, and can be played on the free Big Finish listening app.
As well as this, Big Finish listeners can also get up of 50% off the complete Dan Dare – The Audio Adventures box sets, either as a collector’s edition CD or as a digital download, whilst stocks last.
All of these Dan Dare offers are accessible via the Big Finish website’s Weekly Deals page. All offers end at 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 30th August 2020.
Brilliant test pilot, Dan Dare, is chosen to fly the Anastasia – a new experimental spacecraft – on its maiden voyage to Venus. This isn’t exploration – it is to make first contact with a mysterious civilisation that has sent technological secrets as a goodwill gesture.
However, what Dan, Digby and Professor Peabody find on Venus isn’t goodwill, but a terrifyingly intelligent, cold-hearted ruler, the Mekon. A creature destined to become Dan Dare’s nemesis – and Earth’s greatest threat…
Please note: Dan Dare features some mild swearing and content which may not be suitable for younger listeners.
Praise for Dan Dare – The Audio Adventures:
“For me, this audio revival of Dan Dare is a triumph. Each of the three episodes have the feel of an audio movie and it is easy to get pulled into their world. 10/10,” – Indie Mac User
“The cast and crew constantly deliver top grade material and each episode enriches the next…” – Blogtor Who
“The first series of Dan Dare adaptations was one of the best collections of audio fiction I’ve heard in a long time. The combination of old school British space heroics and a distinct, post-BSG mindset paid off again and again and set it up as a hopeful, if cautious, vision of the future. Volume 2 is even better. 10/10” – Sci-Fi Bulletin
“Ed Stoppard’s Dan Dare and Geoff McGivern’s Digby and their fractious relationship that evolves from one of cold distrust to mutual appreciation would have stolen the show if it wasn’t for Raad Rawi’s planet chewing turn as the narcissistic and megalomaniacal Mekon. Because, and much as we’re loathe to admit it, everyone loves a villain and Rawi’s Mekon is the epitome of self-serving, cold, logical evil. Welcome back Colonel Dare…” – MassMovement
“… a great collection of stories… The cast makes their characters live from the first scenes and the music rounds off a sterling production.” – Starburst
“Ed Stoppard rocked in what could have been the thankless titular role. He had to play a modern variation of the lantern-jawed hero… Stoppard’s Dare just got on with things. Thank you very much! I can’t wait for the second volume of stories.” – SciFi Pulse
“I think fans will like the new audio adventures… the characterization of Dan Dare himself, played by Ed Stoppard, is spot on.” – Downthetubes