Big Finish are offering the first episode of Doctor Who science fiction thriller spin-off Gallifrey as a free download for this week only
Over the past few months, Big Finish have released a selection of giveaways known as ‘Weekly Freebies‘. Each week, they have made a story from their extensive back catalogue available to download for free for that week only, with each free release being accompanied by a selection of discounts on related titles.
This week’s ‘Weekly Freebie’ is Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice by Alan Barnes, which was first released in 2004. It features an all-star cast reprising their on-screen roles, with Lalla Ward appearing as President Romana alongside Louise Jameson as Leela, John Leeson as K9, and Lynda Bellingham as Inquisitor Darkel:
The Time Lords of Gallifrey were the first to map the Web of Time. Now, under the reforming gaze of President Romanadvoratrelundar, the oldest civilisation is ready to shed its monopoly, sharing its secrets with a coalition of the Temporal Powers the Monan Host, the Nekkistani and the Warpsmiths of Phaidon among them.
But the coalition is a fragile one, and despised in some quarters. When a team of Time Technology Assessors makes a horrific discovery on the barren moon of Kikrit, it seems their enemies are arming themselves to strike at the alliance. Has a terrorist group really acquired a temporal weapon so terrible the Time Lords forgot about its existence?
In search of the truth, Romana sends the woman called Leela and the robot dog K9 to the enclave of Gryben, a reception centre for temporal refugees. But the truth is war’s first casualty and the fallout could destroy them all.
Writer Alan Barnes has said, “Gallifrey revolves around impossible choices and that’s a consistent thing that runs through most of the stories – Romana is always being presented with terrible dilemmas that come with power. This is a chance to experience one of the most interesting, sparky and intelligent Doctor Who companions in a position where she has to make hard choices.”
Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice (as with each of Big Finish‘s ‘Weekly Freebies’) can be unlocked by anyone who has registered for a free Big Finish account, and played on the free Big Finish listening app.
What’s more, Big Finish listeners can also recieve 50% off all episodes in Gallifrey Series 1-3 this week, plus 50% off the complete Series 4 box set. All bundle prices are also 50% off this week only. The Gallifrey series features guest appearances from several other familiar voices from across the classic series, including Mary Tamm, Colin Baker, Carole Ann Ford and Katy Manning.