The Third Doctor returns for a double bill of new adventures in Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: Volume 7 from Big Finish, out today!
Tim Treloar once again reprises his role as the Third Doctor (as portrayed on-screen by Jon Pertwee) across two new full-cast audio stories in the latest instalment of Big Finish‘s Third Doctor Adventures range.
Starring alongside Treloar as the Doctor are returning cast members Jon Culshaw as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, with Daisy Ashford as Liz Shaw, and Sadie Miller as Sarah Jane Smith.
The Third Doctor Adventures: Volume 7 brings a pair of perilous tales, from a military betrayal to a watery artistic retreat, where the tide is turning. The stories included in this latest box set are as follows:
1. The Unzal Incursion by Mark Wright
Under the supervision of the Doctor, the Brigadier and Dr Liz Shaw, UNIT are getting ready to activate Hotspur: their new and advanced early warning network.
But something goes wrong, and UNIT are betrayed from within. Suddenly bases are falling across the globe, and only the Doctor and his friends are able to escape.
Not knowing how far the conspiracy goes, the Doctor, Liz and the Brigadier become fugitives… and they soon discover worrying connections to both the Fulcrum military training facility… and something beyond this Earth.
Of recording The Unzal Incursion, actress Daisy Ashford said: “I really loved working with Tim again on this latest Third Doctor Big Finish release. It was wonderful after being in lockdown to be able to actually go to a studio and work with him in person – with all the necessary precautions of course.
“We were in separate booths but could see each other from behind the glass. The rest of the cast were either in another studio in Liverpool or recording from home, but we were all connected over the headphones, so it felt like we were together. It is a brilliant script, with lots of action and peril to overcome which is always so much fun to play. Tim was, as ever, cheeky, funny, naughty and brilliant as the Third Doctor. Close your eyes and Jon is there instead – I don’t know how Tim does it!”
2. The Gulf by Tim Foley
The TARDIS lands on an ocean planet and the Doctor and Sarah find themselves on a former rig that’s been converted into an artistic retreat.
But art is far from the residents’ minds. A painter has disappeared, and the Doctor senses a dark psychic presence at play.
The waves are rising. And there’s something in the water.
Of The Gulf, writer Tim Foley has said: “I think the Third Doctor and Sarah are such an underrated duo. There’s the melancholy of a Doctor reaching the end of his life, and the excitement of a companion just beginning her adventures – I think that’s a Tim Treloar/Sadie Miller crossroads ripe for exploration.
“In The Gulf, we’re on an alien ocean planet, on a decommissioned spindrifter – a concrete rig floating on a poisonous ocean. The galaxy is at war, but this former industrial site has been transformed into an artistic retreat – led by the fabulous Marta Malvani. I like it when the Third Doctor rails against a corporation and a system, and I wanted Sarah to experience something wondrous whilst also wearing her investigative journalist hat.”
The Third Doctor and his companions are joined throughout these two new adventures by an impressive guest cast, which includes:
- Wendy Craig (The First Doctor Adventures, The Royal)
- Sam Benjamin (Justice League, The War of the Worlds)
- Clare Corbett (Casualty, The Ninth Doctor Adventures)
- Lucy Goldie (The Omega Factor, Missy)
- Avita Jay (Stranded, Silent Witness)
- Misha Malcolm (Time Lord Victorious, Torchwood)
- Gary Martin (Dennis The Menace, Corpse Bride)
- Jennifer Saayeng (The Capture, Eastenders)
- Issy Van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda, The Paternoster Gang)
- Bethan Walker (Blake’s 7, Doctor Who: Doom Coalition)
Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: Volume 7 is available to purchase now as a collector’s edition box set or as a digital download, exclusively via the Big Finish website.
DOCTOR WHO – THE THIRD DOCTOR ADVENTURES: VOLUME 7
Duration: 294 minutes approx.
Released: 18 May 2021, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Written by: Mark Wright, Tim Foley
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
Big Finish listeners can save by ordering this volume in a bundle together with the forthcoming Doctor Who: Third Doctor Adventures – Volume 8 from just £39.
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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.