It is the 20 years since the first Doctor Who audio adventures were first released and to celebrate Big Finish Productions is announcing a series of special releases.  There will be a collection of special titles in 2019 and 2020 on each generation of the our favourite Time Lord.  The new stories are released in conjunction with BBC Studios. 

Seventh Doctor

In November 2018, the first of these new releases will feature Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and his companions Yasmin Bannerman plays Roz Forrester and Travis Oliver plays Chris Cwej –  both who featured in Doctor Who – The New New Adventures.  The Virgin Books’ New Adventures of Doctor Who started after the completion of the 26th season in 1989 and featured longer and darker, deeper stories on Doctor Who stories.

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor Adventures Volume 1. Cover art by Will Brooks (c) Big Finish Productions
Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor Adventures Volume 1. Cover art by Will Brooks (c) Big Finish Productions

The Seventh Doctor box set includes four stories:

1. The Trial of a Time Machine by Andy Lane
2. Vanguard by Steve Jordan
3. The Jabari Countdown by Alan Flanagan
4. The Dread of Night by Tim Foley

Producer and director Scott Handcock explained, “As a fan who grew up in the era of the New Adventures novels, I was thrilled when David Richardson offered me the opportunity to tackle a new box set featuring the Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej. The feedback to the novel adaptations was fantastic, and getting the chance to tell completely new stories with this TARDIS team has been a joy!

“We’ve tried to make the most of the box set format, so we have four original hour-long stories reuniting the Doctor, Roz and Chris – and, of course, Sylvester, Yasmin and Travis, who struck up such a brilliant rapport on the adaptations. The four new tales tackle very different genres, in very different settings and times, with Chris and Roz creator Andy Lane kicking off the box set with his story, The Trial of a Time Machine. There really is something for everyone!

The New New Adventures will be available as a CD box set for £23 or on download at £20 from www.bigfinish.com in November 2018.

Fourth Doctor

Big Finish is also releasing two new adventures featuring Tom Baker’s  Fourth Doctor as adapted from the comic strip by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons that featured in Doctor Who Magazine (previous Doctor Who Weekly).

Nick and Tom Star Beast 001
Nick and Tom Star Beast 001

Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adaptations will be released in March 2019 comprising of:

1. Doctor Who and the Iron Legion adapted by Alan Barnes
2. Doctor Who and the Star Beast adapted by Alan Barnes

The Fourth Doctor will meet the Iron Legion, an army of robotic Roman legionnaires and one of the deadliest and most adorable foes – Beep the Meep!

Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 1. (c) Panini
Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 1. (c) Panini
Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 17. (c) Panini
Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 17. (c) Panini
Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 20. (c) Panini
Doctor Who: The Star Beast Pg 20. (c) Panini

Nicholas Briggs, director of the Fourth Doctor audio adventures, explains: “These Fourth Doctor comic strip adaptations have a whole different feel to them. It’s like they’re from a parallel universe vision of Doctor Who. Tom Baker spotted it straight away, emailing me the moment he’d read The Iron Legion, commenting that this was ‘a bit DIFFERENT’ – actually typing ‘different’ in capitals! But he rose manfully to the challenge and entered into the spirit of it all wonderfully. And that spirit is that they are, essentially, wackier.

“There’s a feeling of ‘we could do anything because there are no budget restrictions’ in the original comic strips, and our adaptor, Alan Barnes, has captured this perfectly. Crazy characters, extravagant action sequences. And Alistair Lock has done a superb job with his sound design and music.

“The Star Beast has a slightly different feel. The alien monster craziness is contrasted sharply with a dash of kitchen sink drama and a touch of Grange Hill, which predated the TV series exploring more domestic settings. It’s interesting how the brilliant comics writer of these strips, Pat Mills, kind of anticipated this. Alan has a great love for Pat’s work, and he was absolutely the right fit to adapt these beautiful, bonkers adventures of an extra-eccentric Fourth Doctor.”

Doctor Who and the Iron Legion Pg1 (c) Panini
Doctor Who and the Iron Legion Pg1 (c) Panini
Doctor Who and the Iron Legion Pg2 (c) Panini
Doctor Who and the Iron Legion Pg2 (c) Panini

The Fourth Doctor stories will release in March 2019 as a 5-disc CD box set for £23 or on download at £20 from www.bigfinish.com. Or you can get both sets together as a pre-order bundle, at £46 on CD or £40 on download

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