Following the fantastic first series, The Ninth Doctor Adventures returns this May with the first box set of Series Two – Back to Earth
Guess who’s back? Back again. The down-to-earth Ninth Doctor returns for a brand-new box set of full-cast audio dramas! The first set in The Ninth Doctor Adventures Series Two is due for release in May from Big Finish Productions. Christopher Eccleston is back once more to reprise his role as the Doctor, first seen on BBC television in 2005. And in Back to Earth he embarks on three new Earth-based adventures. He encounters a fairytale-esque villain, travels to Moscow in 1605 and, in the closing story Auld Lang Syne, crashes a family’s New Year’s gathering.
“I was obsessed with Doctor Who as a child”
Auld Lang Syne also features the Big Finish debut of Emmerdale and Coronation Street actress Hayley Tamaddon, guest-starring as Yorkshire lass, Auntie Sue, alongside Wendy Craig CBE (Not in Front of the Children, The Worst Witch) as Great Aunt Bette.
Hayley Tamaddon gave a hint of what to expect from her story. “I thought the script was absolutely brilliant and I loved every second of playing Auntie Sue,” she enthused. “She was right up my street. She’s a giddy, loveable, warm Northern lady who’s got bags of energy. I think she’s just me in about ten years.
“She really loves her family but she’s not afraid to say that she thinks the Doctor’s a bit dishy. Personally, I think Auntie Sue would completely run off with the Doctor around the cosmos.
And on her love of Doctor Who, she continued, “I was obsessed with Doctor Who as a child, I absolutely loved it. So, I’ve had a ball with Christopher Eccleston. It feels like we’ve bonded as people and as characters in a very short space of time.”
Meanwhile, the story’s director Helen Goldwyn described why Tamaddon was perfect for the role when she came to cast it. “Tim Foley’s Auld Lang Syne is a wonderful and really special script,” she says, “I knew for Auntie Sue I wanted to cast someone who was grounded but also had that blousy hectic energy about them. Every line that Hayley Tamaddon said was so perfectly pitched.”
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Back to Earth
Time and again, the Doctor finds himself returning to his favourite planet. Dropping in on history or the present-day, whether it’s kings, commuters or ordinary people, he’s never met anyone who wasn’t important…
The three fantastic stories included in this box set are as follows:
Station to Station by Robert Valentine
The False Dimitry by Sarah Grochala
Auld Lang Syne by Tim Foley
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Back to Earth is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or on download (for just £19.99) from www.bigfinish.com.
Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures Series Two together. The bundles are priced at £88 (on CD + download) or £78 (download only).
All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume. They can be ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website.
Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically. They’ll also have access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyl will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.
Products are sold in £ sterling on Big Finish’s website but will be converted to local currency upon checkout.
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond their control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. 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.