The September release of Big Finish’s 60th Anniversary celebration series Doctor Who: Once and Future continues with David Tennant portraying the Doctor.   But this time, he is returning as the Tenth Doctor.

While the Doctor continues to battle with his degeneration, he must face his old enemy, the Master.  Well, not quite. Missy (Michelle Gomez) is up to her old tricks, creating chaos with an army of invading tripods straight out of the pages of an HG Wells novel.  Joining the Tenth Doctor is The Paternoster Gang, including Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey).

This story is sure to be a treat as who would be better to banter with Michelle Gomez than fellow Scot David Tennant.

Series producer David Richardson confirms that the pairing was magical. “To have all of these wonderfully rich characters together was a treat, and to have David Tennant and Michelle Gomez going head-to-head was joyous. Michelle loves to play with the script, and she improvised beautifully – and David took her improvisations and matched her.

The improvisation proved to be a challenge to producer Richardson.  “During the recording, I wondered how much might make it to the edit, but it’s all there within the final scenes. Joyous – I’ve used the word again. I’ve no other way to describe it.”

Duration: 60 minutes approx.
Released: September 2023, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

  • Director: Ken Bentley
  • Writer: Jonathan Barnes
  • Script Editor: Matt Fitton
  • Producer: David Richardson
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

The First Doctor arrives in Victorian London amid a Martian invasion. But he discovers all is not what it seems when Missy appears…

Soon, the Doctor is propelled into a future incarnation – the Tenth – but he is not alone in battling Missy and her Martian invaders. The Paternoster Gang – Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax – are also here to assist. But can they offer the Doctor any help in solving his own degeneration mystery?

Doctor Who – Once and Future: The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50, written by Jonathan Barnes, is now available to pre-order as a single-disc collector’s edition CD (+ download for just £10.99) or digital download only (for just £8.99), exclusively from

Big Finish listeners can purchase all eight Once and Future audio adventures together in a bundle for just £72 (on collector’s edition CD and download) or £60 (download only).

A special edition series bundle, which contains extended behind-the-scenes extras and music suites for each story, is also available to pre-order for just £62 (as a digital download only). All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after the general release.

The Once and Future special edition CD bundle was limited to 3,000 pressings and sold out in record time before a single story in the series was released.



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