Something is very wrong. The Fifth Doctor is lost in the Time War, heading for an encounter with his oldest and deadliest enemies in a mini-season of full-cast audio adventures; Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks.
Due in late 2020 as part of Big Finish’s Monthly Adventures range, these eight Doctor Who stories, split across two releases, stars Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, chasing the Daleks through time and space on a journey of ultimate terror in Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks.
Each of the stories was recorded remotely during lockdown with a small “rep company” of brilliant actors including Nicholas Briggs, Dervla Kirwan, Anjli Mohindra and Olivier Award winner Jamie Parker.
Peter Davison returns to the role of the Fifth incarnation of the Doctor. Taking over the lead role from the iconic Tom Baker, Davison played the character in three televised seasons before returning in the one-off special Time Crash opposite David Tennant. Davison has also been recording new Doctor Who adventures with Big Finish since 1999.
Dervla Kirwan is well known to TV audiences from her starring roles in Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart. She also appeared in the 2008 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Next Doctor, playing the ruthless Miss Hartigan, and recently took over the role of Miss Quill in Big Finish’s audio series of Class.
Anjli Mohindra starred as Rani Chandra in The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC from 2008-2011, and has since appeared in many TV roles, including as Queen Skithra in the most recent series of Doctor Who.
Jamie Parker is an English actor and singer, best known for his role as Harry Potter in the original cast for the West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for which he received an Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD at £14.99 each) and as digital downloads (at £12.99 each) exclusively from www.bigfinish.com.
Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks Part 1, due for release in October 2020, contains four one-episode adventures:
Aimed at the Body by James Kettle
An encounter with a notorious cricketing legend should be right up the Doctor’s street. But the unexpected appearance of an old enemy is about to send the Doctor on a quest.
Lightspeed by Jonathan Morris
The trail has led the Doctor to a spaceship in the far future – where he finds himself trapped in the middle of a terrifying revenge plot.
The Bookshop at the End of the World by Simon Guerrier
It’s very easy to forget yourself and get lost in a bookshop. But in some bookshops more than most…
Interlude by Dan Starkey
The play’s the thing! Or is it? The Doctor is roped into a theatrical spectacular – but who is he really performing to?
Shadow of the Daleks: Part 2, due for release in November 2020, contains four more exciting episodes:
The Echo Chamber by Jonathan Barnes
It’s the radio talk show where everyone’s free to call in with their opinions. Time to welcome its host – the Doctor!
Towards Zero by Roland Moore
The Doctor finds himself in an old country house where he has to solve a very unusual murder – his own!
Castle Hydra by Lizzie Hopley
Nearing the end of his journey, the Doctor enters a jail filled with familiar faces. But who are the prisoners and who are the wardens?
Effect and Cause by John Dorney
A crash in the vortex leads the Doctor to the source of his all his troubles, and to the Daleks. The answers are here. If he can live long enough to find them.
Producer David Richardson said: “Necessity really is the mother of invention. In the very early days of lockdown, we knew we would have to adapt some of our plans for the Monthly Adventures range. What we needed were two releases that could be achieved with one Doctor and four guest cast members, recording remotely in a block. When you have a brief like that, it’s not at all restricting – it forces you to do something different, something bold, something fun.
“So what we have in Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are eight half-hour stories, in which the Doctor lands in different times, different places… and keeps meeting the same faces, but as different people. The mystery is heightened by the oblique appearances of Daleks. And not only that – these are Time War-era Daleks!
“So we had a lot of fun with these stories – weaving them together, pushing in different directions, and getting to play with the audacious concept. Peter Davison really enjoyed it – we had a fantastic and esteemed guest cast, and by the end of recording it was almost like we were at the studio together, sipping coffee in the green room and chatting like old friends.”
Doctor Who: Shadow of the Daleks Parts 1 and 2 are now available to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD at £14.99 each) and as digital downloads (at £12.99 each) exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Further to the recent announcement regarding the relaunch of Doctor Who audio drama ranges at Big Finish, listeners keen to complete their collection of Monthly Adventures should read the following:
- a 3-release CD / download subscription is now available, starting from #271, #272 or #273, which should enable the majority of subscribers to extend their subscription to the end of the range. Three-release subscriptions are priced at £32.50 for collector’s edition CDs and £27.50 for downloads.
- any existing subscribers who find themselves unable to purchase #274 or #275 via a combination of the 12/6/3-release options should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be able to process their orders offline.