Jacob Dudman returns to narrate this month’s Doctor Who – Short Trips release, Her Own Bootstraps, which is available now from Big Finish

Writer Amy Veeres‘ debut Big Finish story sees the Ninth Doctor faced with the threat of a galactic massacre, unless he destroys a dangerous weapon. This time-twisting audio adventure is a morality tale which explores the Time War, temporal paradoxes, and the Doctor’s anguish. Her Own Bootstraps also sheds more light on the sketch of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa shown to Rose Tyler by conspiracy theorist Clive in the first episode of Doctor Who‘s revived series, ‘Rose‘:

Extracting a dangerous Time War weapon from an irresponsible scientist, the Doctor arrives on Krakatoa in 1883 to destroy it. Problematically, the scientist is also in Krakatoa to steal the weapon. This is where she found it before the Doctor stole it from her. Trapped in a paradox, the Doctor must overcome a future he cannot change.

A future that has already happened.

Veeres has said, “It was an honour to write for the Ninth Doctor. No way did I expect Big Finish to give him to a newbie like me. Her Own Bootstraps was a blast to write!”

Her Own Bootstraps is read by actor and impressionist Jacob Dudman, who has previously voiced the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, plus a whole host of other characters for Big Finish. Dudman has said, “It was a pleasure to lend my voice to my favourite Doctor. The script deals with time and the Doctor’s grief in a fascinating way and I think it’s a mighty addition to the Short Trips range.”

Big Finish – Doctor Who – Short Trips: Her Own Bootstraps – Jacob Dudman

Producer Alfie Shaw added, “Like Battle Scars before it, Her Own Bootstraps is inspired by the evidence about the Doctor that Clive presents to Rose in ‘Rose’. In a similar way to Battle Scars, I wanted the evidence Clive has to be a springboard to a different story, rather than a story that exists to explain the drawing.

Her Own Bootstraps explores how people change across their lifetime. With the Ninth Doctor reverting back to the life he had before the Time War, it felt like a theme that was perfect to explore with this particular incarnation!”

Doctor Who – Short Trips: Her Own Bootstraps is available to download now exclusively from the Big Finish website, priced at just £2.99.

Duration: 33 minutes approx.
Released: 29 September 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producer: Alfie Shaw
Script Editor: Alfie Shaw
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Written by: Amy Veeres
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery


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