Big Finish have revealed details of two brand-new Doctor Who audio adventures starring the Fifth and Sixth Doctors as part of their Monthly Range, due out in early 2021

Peter Davison and Colin Baker are set to return as the Fifth and Sixth Doctors once again in two new four-part audio dramas. The Blazing Hour and Colony of Fear will see the Doctor travel into the far future to face horrifically inhuman monsters, as well as terrifyingly giant insects.

Mark Strickson and Miranda Raison will also reprise their roles as the Doctors’ respective companions Turlough and Constance in each story, alongside guest stars Rakie Ayola as Violet Hardaker and Nicholas Asbury as Mollis.

Colony of Fear and The Blazing Hour will be two of the final stories in Big Finish‘s original Doctor Who: Monthly Adventure range, which is due to end in March 2021. Following this, revamped ranges, featuring a regular rotation of releases, with each Doctor starring in their own box sets of adventures throughout the year, is due to begin in January 2022.

Doctor Who: The Blazing Hour by James Kettle

Big Finish – Doctor Who: The Blazing Hour (Cover)

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Turlough to a high-tech scientific installation on the planet Testament in the distant future. The human race have become intergalactic buccaneers, thanks to their ability to generate vast amount of power for long-distance travel. Testament is the source of that power – and the Doctor has never quite understood how it works.

But experiments are underway on Testament – experiments with potentially explosive and devastating consequences. And even the Doctor may be too late to stop it.

With politicians and bureaucrats getting in the way, the race is on. Not to stop a disaster – but to save as many people as possible.

Sometimes there can be no victory.

Producer David Richardson has said of this story, “Doctor Who rarely does straight thrillers and this is a white knuckle ride, a fast paced drama that never lets up for its two hour duration. Then there’s Violet Hardaker – one of the most terrible monsters Doctor Who has ever presented and a human who does terrible things in the conviction that she is right. What a story!”

Doctor Who: Colony of Fear by Roland Moore

Big Finish – Doctor Who: The Colony of Fear (Cover)

Sometimes the TARDIS takes the Doctor to where he needs to go…

Answering a distress call from the out-world of Triketha, the Doctor and Constance Clarke discover human colonists battling against an onslaught of giant, malevolent insects. The insects’ sting induces a coma, and it is only a matter of time before all the colonists succumb.

The Doctor is curious as to the origins of the insects, which appeared from nowhere, and offers his assistance to the colony’s governor. But is this the Doctor’s first visit to Triketha, or has he been here before? The Doctor must confront a past that he has no memory of and take responsibility for the consequences of his actions.

Producer/Director John Ainsworth has said of this story, “Roland Moore’s script combines many of the classic elements that have always made for great Doctor Who adventures; a group of disparate and desperate people, trapped together in isolation, fighting an alien menace.

“On top of this Roland introduces an element which asks difficult questions about the Doctor’s actions and his responsibility for how they impact on people’s lives.”

Doctor Who: The Blazing Hour and Colony of Fear are both available to pre-order now exclusively from the Big Finish website, priced at £14.99 each (as a collector’s edition CD) and £12.99 each (as a digital download).

Doctor Who: Colony of Fear (#273)

Duration: 120 mins approx.
Released: January 2021 exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Director / Producer: John Ainsworth
Script Editor: John Ainsworth
Written by: Roland Moore
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Doctor Who: The Blazing Hour (#274)

Duration: 120 mins approx.
Released: February 2021 exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Director: Ken Bentley
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Written by: James Kettle
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

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