The Fourth Doctor has a new companion. Rhianne Starbuck will be playing Sharon alongside Tom Baker in Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adaptations, due for release in March 2019.

Big Finish previously announced that they will be adapting two Doctor Who adventures for their audio range. Doctor Who and The Iron Legion and Doctor Who and the Star Beast were stories previously told in the pages of Doctor Who Weekly, Doctor Who Magazine as it is known today. Alan Barnes, who has adapted the two comic strip titles, spoke about the upcoming release;

“A few people had asked about the Comic Strips coming back over the years. I was very keen. I was an original reader of Doctor Who Weekly and they’re utterly fantastic. The Star Beast is so modern”.

Sharon (Rhianne Starbuck) and the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) (c) Big Finish

Rhianne Starbuck (Sharon)

Now Big Finish have confirmed that Rhianne Starbuck will play the role of the Fourth Doctor’s companion Sharon in Doctor Who and the Star Beast. Rhianne spoke about recording with the legendary Tom Baker;

He was very polite, introduced himself to everyone. When you work with someone with that great reputation, sometimes you can feel daunted or wonder what they would be like. But he made you feel comfortable and was very welcoming. I remember at lunchtime, he was constantly telling stories and jokes, everyone was mesmerised listening to him.

In his brain, it’s like he hasn’t aged. Almost 40 years younger! He’s very young at heart. He was constantly looking at the script, he’d clearly done a lot of preparation beforehand, and he would come in some days, and he would say “I was reading this, I thought we could do this at this time, constantly talking with Nick, bouncing ideas around. He was very involved in the process. And very professional. The whole experience was very playful.

A full interview with Rhianne Starbuck is available now on the Big Finish website.

Cast and Crew of Doctor Who and the Star Beast (c) Big Finish

Doctor Who: The Comic Adaptations

Alongside meeting Sharon in the Star Beast, we find the Fourth Doctor encountering the Iron Legion, an army of robotic Roman legionnaires, and in the Star Beast, the Fourth Doctor encounters one of the deadliest and most adorable villains ever – Beep the Meep!

These two new adventures are adapted from the comic strip by Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons that featured in Doctor Who Magazine (back when it was named Doctor Who Weekly).

Doctor Who: The Comic Strip Adaptations will be released in March 2019 comprising of:

  1. Doctor Who and the Iron Legion adapted by Alan Barnes
  2. Doctor Who and the Star Beast adapted by Alan Barnes

These two epic stories will be released in March 2019 as a 5-disc CD box set for £23 or on download at £20 from Or you can get both sets together as a pre-order bundle, at £45 on CD or £40 for download.


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