Big Finish have announced plans to bring Russell T Davies‘ long-lost Doctor Who script The Mind of Hodiac to life in audio form
First conceived by former showrunner Russell T Davies in 1986, The Mind of Hodiac has only recently been rediscovered, almost 35 years later. This long-lost Doctor Who story features the Sixth Doctor and companion Mel Bush, and was accidentally uncovered late last year by the writer himself.
Russell T Davies has said of this long-forgotten script, “I was preparing for Emily Cook’s Doctor Who tweetalong for The Runaway Bride, reached for the script, pulled an old stack of papers out of a box… and there was Mind of the Hodiac! A story written back in ‘86 on an electric typewriter in a bedsit in Roath, Cardiff. The only copy!
“I’d forgotten all about it. It’s one whole hour-long episode, plus a detailed synopsis of the second, final episode. Starring the Sixth Doctor and Mel!
“It’s a galaxy-spanning adventure, as the mysterious Hodiac begins a deadly hunt, putting an ordinary Earth family in terrible danger. There are psychic powers, Tungsten Warriors and a vital role for the Doctor’s coat…”
A full-cast audio version of The Mind of Hodiac will see Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford reprise their respective roles as the Sixth Doctor and Mel. Big Finish’s adaptation expands on Davies’ original script, becoming two episodes, and is co-written by Russell T Davies and long-time Big Finish writer, director and producer Scott Handcock.
The Mind of Hodiac will also be produced by Emily Cook, who has added: “When Russell told me he’d rediscovered his forgotten Doctor Who script, it was like finding buried treasure. We joked that it would inevitably become a Big Finish release. And a few enthusiastic emails later, the wheels were already in motion.
“It was Russell’s Doctor Who which introduced me to – and made me fall in love with – the show in 2005, so I’m thrilled to be producing his first-ever Doctor Who script. I can’t wait to bring Mind of the Hodiac to life on audio and I hope fans are intrigued and excited to hear it. What a wonderful thing to come out of lockdown!”
Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac is available to pre-order now worldwide as a collector’s edition CD box set or as a digital download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
DOCTOR WHO – THE LOST STORIES: MIND OF THE HODIAC
Duration: 100 minutes approx.
Released: TBA, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Scott Handcock
Producer: Emily Cook
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Written by: Russell T. Davies & Scott Handcock
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery