The epic audiobook adaptation of Russell T Davies’ first full-length television drama series is out now from Big Finish Productions

 

Thirty years to the day since Dark Season debuted on BBC television, a brand new audiobook adaptation of the classic children’s sci-fi adventures series is available to own (as a limited edition CD box set or download). Although it ran for only six episodes, Dark Season put Russell T Davies’s career on the tracks that would ultimately lead to Doctor Who. Following the tradition of children’s television at the time, and countless Doctor Who stories, Davies also novelised Dark Season. And now Big Finish have now brought that novelisation back to life on audio.

Victoria Lambert has narrated the new version, in her first acting role since she originally played Marcie on screen. Scott Handcock has produced and directed the audiobook. Dark Season is now available to own as a strictly limited edition 5-CD box set at £22.99 or as a digital download at £19.99, exclusively at www.bigfinish.com. In many ways Davies’ love letter to Doctor Who at a time when it seemed the series would never return, it’s an essential addition to any fan’s collection.

 

Victoria Lambert (Marcie) with a copy of Davies' original novelisation at the recording of the audiobook (c) Big Finish Dark Season Russell T Davies
Victoria Lambert (Marcie) with a copy of Davies’ original novelisation at the recording of the audiobook (c) Big Finish

“It’s all written with Russell’s typical heart and wit”

Producer Scott Handcock said: “I was seven years old when Dark Season aired so I was just the right age to see it on first transmission. It was in the slot for slightly older children and, at my young age, it felt quite edgy and, well, dark.

“Considering it wasn’t just Russell’s first TV drama credit but also his first prose work, the novelisation is a thumping good book in its own right! Dark Season is very much a story of sinister technology and how it can creep into our world and sometimes ultimately threaten it.

“It’s quite prescient in a lot of respects: a celebration of computing but also a wariness of where that might lead. On the surface it’s an adventure about three children, who are sort of outsiders, saving the world against an impossible villain. But there’s a greater story about good versus evil, heaven versus hell and it’s all written with Russell’s typical heart and wit.

“It’s a brilliant series – mostly because it doesn’t talk down to children and touches upon more grown-up themes. It’s been great to revisit it and bring the original story to life in the audiobook format.”

You can also watch a special introduction from Russell T Davies himself…

 

Dark Season. Cover by Sean Longmore. (c) Big Finish Productions Russell T Davies RTD Doctor Who Kate Winslet Jacqueline Pearse
Dark Season. Cover by Sean Longmore. (c) Big Finish Productions

Dark Season

An ordinary day at school takes a sinister turn when the mysterious Mr Eldritch promises a free home computer for every pupil — computers which conceal a terrible power…

Only three teenagers, Marcie, Thomas and Reet, are alert to danger. Soon, they’re caught in a conspiracy of brainwashing, kidnaps and a threat to the whole human race. Worse still, the school itself hides ancient secrets buried beneath its foundations, as the awesome Behemoth rises from its tomb, intent upon the destruction of all.

Eldritch has summoned his Dark Season, which heralds the end of the world…

 

 

Dark Season is now available to own as a limited edition 5-CD box set at £22.99 or as a digital download from the Big Finish website at £19.99.

 

Please note the CD box set edition is strictly limited to 1,000 copies only.

 

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.

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