The incomparable Tom Baker celebrated his 86th birthday on Monday and surprise, surprise, Big Finish has two new stories this week.
During the original television run, the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companions Romana II (Lalla Ward) and the Tin Dog – K9 (John Leeson) found themselves trapped in a pocket universe of e-space as they were travelling to get home to Gallifrey. The story spanned over three episodes – Full Circle, State of Decay and Warrior’s Gate — and gave the Doctor a new companion while two beloved characters left the TARDIS.
Set between State of Decay and Warrior’s Gate, The Doctor, Romana II and his new companion Adric, Big Finish expands the e-space universe by added several new adventures for the trio and K9.
Out today is The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 1 featuring two brand new stories: Purgatory 12, by Marc Platt and Chase the Night by Jonathan Morris. Available as a collector’s edition CD or on download from £19.99, the four-part two stories follow Team Tardis on their further adventures in exo-space. Guest stars for this new series include Jane Asher, Christopher Naylor, Amy Downham and Nimmy March.
Also released today is the cover artwork and story synopsis for The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 2. Alan Barnes and the original television series writer, Andrew Smith (Full Circle) are the writers for the stories in Volume 2.
Producer David Richardson said, “The idea of taking the Fourth Doctor back to E-Space was, of course, irresistible. Revisiting the TARDIS family who were together for basically three stories on screen. And now we’ve a whole new set of adventures in the spirit of that trilogy.”
“I was really keen going in that we would be telling four-part stories only. The television season was all four-parters and so anything else would have felt wrong to me. It allowed us to take the E-Space trilogy and expand it to seven tales. What would we call that? A septrilogy, maybe? With our audio adventures sitting snugly between the TV episodes, we get to explore the relationships between the four leads in more detail – how they fit together and how they don’t. There was so much scope in terms of things for us to play with.”
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 1
Still searching for a way out of E-Space, the TARDIS crew land on an isolated space rock… and immediately find it drawn towards a nearby asteroid.
The asteroid has air and gravity unequal to its size and is strewn with the wrecks of spaceships. Veins and pools of rust are everywhere.
Stuck on the asteroid away from his friends, Adric discovers that it’s a penal colony housing a gang of alien convicts – but resources are low, and they’re starting to starve.
But escaping the prisoners is only the first part of the traveller’s troubles. Because there’s a sinister presence at the heart of the asteroid… and it won’t release them quite as easily.
The TARDIS lands in an alien tropical rainforest at night where the Doctor, Adric and Romana discover a set of rails stretching through the undergrowth. These tracks carry a long-crashed spaceship that’s been converted to run along them like a train.
The ship has to keep moving because only the night-side of the world is habitable. The sun on the day-side burns so hot that everything on the surface is turned to ash.
But the stress and strain of the constant movement is beginning to take its toll on the ship. Parts are starting to break down, and the relentless heat gets ever closer – but the greatest danger may be on the inside…
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 2
Whilst attempting a detailed scan of E-Space, K9 detects the trail of a large spacecraft. Seeking a lead for their escape, the Doctor sets out on its trail towards a misty yellow planet.
Arriving just in time to witness a crash-landing in the planet’s swamps, the Doctor and his crew discover a number of escaping prisoners fleeing from someone claiming to be a Witchfinder… whilst terrifying ‘familiars’ float around them.
For this is the planet of the witches… and the witches may just know the way home.
The TARDIS crew’s attempts to escape E-Space lead them to a strange planet with a surface that shifts and changes constantly.
Losing their ship down a fissure, they venture into the depths of this world and encounter the man who rules this place – a man known only as ‘the Engineer’. He tells them that he’s on a quest for illumination, and to find a rumoured portal in space that may lead to another reality, with knowledge unknown in this universe.
It seems he may be on the same quest as the Doctor and his friends. But can he be trusted? And who is he really?
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 1 is now available as a collector’s edition CD or download at the Big Finish website from £19.99.
You can now pre-order The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Series 09 Volume 2 as a collector’s edition CD or download at the Big Finish website from £19.99.