The children of Gallifrey are being recalled to fight in the Time War, and the Doctor’s granddaughter knows her moment has come. A new, full-cast audio drama, Susan’s War, is released today.
Intelligence. Intuition. Empathy. The requirements of a perfect agent to catch a spy. And, in Susan Campbell (Carole Ann Ford), the Time Lords have found all the attributes they need to give their work a veneer of respectability.
In the 2017 Big Finish Short Trip, All Hands on Deck, the Eighth Doctor tried to prevent Susan being recruited by the Time Lords on Gallifrey and dragged into the Time War. But his efforts were in vain, and now we find out what happens next…
Gallifrey needs every Time Lord to fight the Time War. A summons has been issued across the universe to its prodigals. Whatever their skills, the war effort can use them.
Susan’s call-up papers have arrived, and, unlike her grandfather, she is willing to join her people’s battle and finally return home.
Because Susan knows the Daleks, and she will do her duty…
Doctor Who: Susan’s War also stars Paul McGann (the Doctor), Beth Chalmers (Veklin), Damian Lynch (Rasmus), William Russell (Ian Chesterton) and Nicholas Briggs (the Daleks).
The four stories in this box set are as follows:
Sphere of Influence by Eddie Robson
Susan’s first mission is one of diplomacy. The Sense-Sphere could prove a valuable ally to Gallifrey.
But she is not the only one who knows the Sensorites of old. Susan will have the support of an old friend.
Ian Chesterton is about to rejoin the adventure he left a lifetime ago!
The Uncertain Shore by Simon Guerrier
Susan and Commander Veklin are on the trail of a spy. Under cover on a ravaged world, they find a weary population, trapped, and waiting for the inevitable. But one among them is a traitor.
The Time War is coming to Florana, and Susan will face a struggle to simply survive…
Assets of War by Lou Morgan
Cardinal Rasmus believes that Susan’s special abilities will help him assess a new weapons project.
On a secret military base, creatures from the vortex are being bred for war. Gallifrey’s scientists think they can be used as assets against the Daleks.
But the Orrovix are not easily tamed…
The Shoreditch Intervention by Alan Barnes
When Susan’s TARDIS is intercepted, she is given a highly classified mission.
Earth, 1963 is a nexus point in the Time War, but the timelines must be negotiated carefully. Mods and rockers are not the only dangers on the streets of Shoreditch.
In Susan’s past, the Daleks are waiting. But so is the Doctor!
Actor Carole Ann Ford said: “Although she doesn’t sometimes give the impression that she is, Susan is actually quite brave. She’s been attacked by all sorts of weird and wonderful things, and she’s quite happy to go launching herself off into time and space.”
“I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t playing a younger Susan. Otherwise she just comes leaping back. It’s difficult to eradicate. It’s difficult too for the writers as they have no experience of the older Susan being portrayed anywhere.”
Script editor Matt Fitton added: “I had an image of Susan from the special TV episode, The Five Doctors, in that trenchcoat which makes me think of her as a spy! So here we have her on diplomatic and espionage missions rather than military operations, to show another aspect of how special ops are going on behind-the-scenes in the Time War.”
Doctor Who: Susan’s War is now available to own as a four-disc collector’s edition box set at just £24.99 or as a digital download for just £19.99, and will remain at this price until general release.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.