The man of many monsters, Nicholas Briggs, will be back in 2020 to give voice to the Judoon in Doctor Who once more
Following last night’s dramatic news that the Judoon will be returning to Doctor Who in Series 12, we can now confirm that Nicholas Briggs will also be back. Briggs first voiced the rhino-headed space police in their 2007’s Smith and Jones. Since then he’s continued in the role for their every appearance since. He wasn’t mentioned in BBC Studios’ announcement. But, as Blogtor Who said at the time, it’s hard to imagine anyone else inhabiting their gravelly menace.
But today, even as the Judoon stomp their way around the city of Gloucester, Big Finish have confirmed via Twitter that their very own Nicholas Briggs will be back.
— Big Finish (@bigfinish) May 21, 2019
As well as being Big Finish’s executive producer, he has also played the Judoon for them on audio. Judoon in Chains, in Classic Doctors New Monsters Volume 1, came soon after Big Finish gained the New Series licence. In it, Colin Baker’s Doctor find a disgraced Judoon in a Victorian sideshow and help him regain his honour. While in brand new release One Mile Down, starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, the Judoon are tasked with protecting an underwater city.
Nicholas Briggs has been the man behind the microphone for many of Doctor Who’s most popular monsters
Briggs first came to the notice of fans through a series of fan made videos and audios in the 1990s. This then led to Big Finish Productions getting an official license to make Doctor Who audio plays. And, when the show returned to our screens in 2005, he was a natural choice for voicing many of the same monsters he’d been playing for years on audio. As well as the Judoon, Briggs has provided vocal performances for the Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons and Ice Warriors on TV. Most recently, he showed his skill and flexibility by playing a new kind of Dalek in this year’s Resolution. The thundering intensity of the ‘Recon’ Dalek’s inner voice adding a new layer to the familiar metallic screaming.
So, with Series 12 providing a return for at least one old monster, can we expect more from Briggs next year? Will the Daleks, Cybermen, Zygons or Ice Warriors be following the Judoon back onto our screens?
Time will tell. It always does.
Doctor Who returns with Series 12 in early 2020 on BBC One and BBC America.
The programme stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Mandip Gill (Yaz Khan) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair). It is produced by Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens.