We’re still in lockdown but there is some great Doctor Who stories coming out. And Big Finish has provided a few more tidbits on their big release of this quarter – Doctor Who: Dalek Universe, starring David Tennant.
Dalek Universe: Volume One, due for release in April 2021. The full three-volume series consists of nine hour-long episodes where the Tenth Doctor is ripped out time and send back to a period before the Time War.
The Doctor will be helped by Anya Kingdom (Jane Slavin) and Mark Seven (Joe Sims) as the trio battle baleful businessman George Sheldrake (Mark Gatiss) and try to stop the Doctor’s timeline from changing forever.
John Dorney, the writer of Buying Time and The Wrong Woman, said: “Buying Time and The Wrong Woman kick the season off with an epic two-parter that brings the Doctor into the world of the Space Security Service with a bang. He’s swiftly reunited with Mark and Anya, in the middle of their own investigations into a sinister businessman called Sheldrake… but without his TARDIS and the lingering question of who has brought him here hanging over everything. I wanted to start the series off with the sort of story you’d usually end one with, filled with big bold moments. At one point I think it literally has it all!”
Writer Andrew Smith added: “The first of many highlights about being asked to write for Dalek Universe was that it would be my first time writing for David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. It was a treat to come up with scenes and dialogue for such a fun, high energy Doctor, and one of the most talented actors ever to take on the part.”
“Add to that: the mouthwatering prospect of having the Doctor in surroundings familiar from the earliest seasons of Doctor Who, the era of the Dalek Masterplan; one of his companions is Space Security Service agent Anya Kingdom, whom I had introduced as a former companion of the Fourth Doctor; and Mechonoids! What a storytelling sandpit that was.”
Doctor Who fans worldwide can also now pre-order all three volumes of Dalek Universe, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com), from just £19.99.
The Dalek Universe triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be pre-ordered at £35.99 each, or £99 for the bundle of all three albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com).
Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as two parts, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures
Dalek Universe Volume One is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (at £24.99) or digital download (at £29.99), at www.bigfinish.com.
Time has gone awry. The Doctor is lost, without his TARDIS. But he’s not alone. The Space Security Service agents Anya Kingdom and Mark Seven haven’t always been on his side in the past, but now they are here to help him.
And he’s going to need them – because the oldest foes of all are waiting to strike. Ready to take down their greatest enemy….
The three thrilling tales are as follows:
Buying Time by John Dorney
The far future – Anya Kingdom of the Space Security Service is on a mission investigating an SSS ship crashing on a distant jungle planet. Unknown to her superiors, she’s searching for something very specific… but what she finds is completely unexpected. Her old friend, the Doctor. With a completely different face and no idea what he’s doing there.
The Time Lord soon finds himself drawn into a conspiracy involving voracious predators, time travel and a malevolent businessman.
History itself is breaking down. If he makes a mistake, it could mean the end of everything…
The Wrong Woman by John Dorney
The team’s investigations have taken an unexpected turn -but the signs all still point to Sheldrake. With the clock ticking down to the launch of the time tunnels, the Doctor, Anya and Mark split up… but soon discover how hard it is to fight a foe who can always keep one step ahead of you.
But stopping him is only half the battle. The Doctor says that time can be rewritten -and Anya is searching for redemption. Can she put history back on track? Or is the Doctor’s future never going to be the same again?
The House of Kingdom by Andrew Smith
The Doctor and his friends are trying to locate a scientist to help them out on their quest… but an attack on a space-station alters their plans.
Rescued by Anya’s grandfather, Merrick, and taken to Neptune, the Doctor and Mark discover her family history. A story of betrayal and loss.
Will the Kingdom’s be reconciled? Or are they destined to continue the mistakes of the past?
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.
THE TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES: DALEK UNIVERSE VOLUME ONE
- Duration: 240 minutes approx.
- Released: April 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
- Director: Nicholas Briggs
- Senior Producer: David Richardson
- Written by: John Dorney & Andrew Smith
- Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
- Pre-order: £24.99 (collector’s edition CD) £19.99 (download) from www.bigfinish.com
- Pre-order: £35.99 (limited edition triple LP vinyl) from www.bigfinish.com
- General release: £34.99 (collector’s edition CD) £29.99 (download)
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Big Finish Productions is an audio production company and publisher best known for its range of Doctor Who plays (and its many spin-offs). The company also produces a wide range of audio drama and audiobooks featuring the characters from Adam Adamant Lives!, Blake’s 7, Dark Shadows, Space: 1999, Survivors, Terrahawks, The Avengers, The Omega Factor, The Prisoner, Timeslip and Torchwood, as well as classics from HG Wells and Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera and Dorian Gray. Big Finish also produces original creations such as Graceless, Charlotte Pollard and The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, plus the Big Finish Originals range featuring many great new series including The Human Frontier, ATA Girl, Cicero, Jeremiah Bourne in Time, Shilling & Sixpence Investigate, Blind Terror and Transference.