Big Finish, creators of full cast audio productions were in attendance this past weekend at Gallifrey One, an annual US celebration of all things Doctor Who. The team including Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery talked, in a dedicated panel, about all things coming our way in 2016. Including the highly anticipated return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate to their roles of The Doctor and Donna in the brand new Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures, due out in May.
But due to their busy schedules getting David and Catherine together in the same place at the same time for the recording took some organising. Haigh-Ellery had this to say about how the recording finally took place:
‘Catherine and David are very good friends. As well as being very good work colleagues, they’re also very good friends in real life. And they just wanted to work together. So we had to get them into the same studio at the same time. But both of them have got fantastic careers, always working, and we got close a couple of times, we got one day there, one day there, and they just wanted to do them together.’
Haigh-Ellery went on to say that even though the pair had been away from the roles for a few years, they had no problems jumping straight back in….
“David’s renowned for being a little of an acting machine. That’s not a negative comment. That’s because he’s so professional that he just acts, and he is the character. And having not been the Doctor for a number of years, he got the mic, and went back to being the Doctor. It was quite scary actually, how David is, and Catherine just the same. Just to see the two of them enjoying each other so much, it’s great for them to be back together. And everyone’s saying, when will they do the next one? Well, hopefully they will do more.’
The Tenth Doctor Adventures will have three new stories. The first is Technophobia, by Matt Fitton, which brings the Doctor and Donna to a visit at London’s Technology Museum so they can see some future tech. Instead, they find that the country’s cleverest IT expert is not longer to access her own computer, the museum exhibits are wreaking havoc on visitors, and that technology is no longer behaving itself. Could it be the work of the Koggnossenti?
The next story is Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan , about the spaceport planet Calibris, where chaos reigns at the Vagabond’s Reach, a bar favored by smugglers. When the alien Vactinians try to impose order, the Doctor and Donna discover that there is a terrible weapon on the loose.
The final story in Volume 1 is Death and the Queen by James Goss. Donna Noble is finally in love, and about to be married! The prince she loves (an actual Prince) arranges a storybook wedding. But a skeleton army interrupts her big day, and it looks unlikely that even the Doctor can fix things.
All three stories are available in the Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 1 – Limited Edition set. Limited to just 5,000 copies and available exclusively from bigfinish.com. Tthe lavish book-sized box set includes exclusive artwork, photography, articles and a one-hour documentary featuring interviews with the stars and production team.
You can pre-order the set now at the special price of £30 on CD or £25 to download.
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
David Tennant (The Doctor),
Catherine Tate (Donna Noble)
Niky Wardley (Bex), Rachael Stirling (Jill Meadows), Chook Sibtain (Brian), Rory Keenan (Kevin), Jot Davies (Lukas)
Alex Lowe (Soren), Sabrina Bartlett (Cora), Terry Molloy (Rone), John Banks(Gully), Dan Starkey (Dorn)
Death and the Queen
Blake Ritson (Rudolph), Alice Krige (Queen Mum), Beth Chalmers (Hortense), Alan Cox (Death)
Other roles played by the cast