This week marks the beginning of the Ninth Doctor Adventures, as Christopher Eccleston records the first boxset of new stories

Christopher Eccleston has shared a photo on social media of himself at Big Finish Productions’ recording studios. He’s there for the first week of recording on Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures. And it marks the day many thought would never happen – Eccleston’s return to the role after fifteen years away. We also have new details about the stories themselves, including the name of volume one, and of the first story.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume One has been titled Ravagers. While the first story is by Nicholas Briggs and called Sphere of Freedom. The page also reveals that the Doctor will be joined in this first adventure by the new character of Nova. Described as being “from the Sphere of Freedom, enlisted by the Doctor to stop a dastardly plan,” we don’t know yet if Nova will be appearing as a proxy-companion in just Sphere of Freedom, or becoming the Ninth Doctor’s ongoing companion for these boxsets.

The actor was quick to praise the Big Finish team for their work. Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine this morning on the second day of recording (live from the iconic Big Finish car park!) he saluted Briggs as a “wonderful writer.” But for anyone hoping that his return to the role on audio might mean one day appearing in Doctor Who on television, Eccleston had bad news. “When Hell freezes over,” is how he summed up the chances…

 

Eccleston is also supporting the Big Issue Christmas Appeal this winter

The former Doctor Who star also took the opportunity to support the Big Issue Christmas Appeal. Eccleston is an ambassador for The Big Issue, who have been supporting the homeless for three decades, through their street sold newspaper and the Big Issue Foundation. 2020 has proven particularly challenging as necessary pandemic restrictions have reduced selling opportunities for The Big Issue. But you can support them both by buying the newspaper (where you can) or buy supporting their online shop, where you can get the current issue, back issues, as well as a variety of merchandise. All of which will help the homeless this Christmas.

 

Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor (c) BBC
Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor (c) BBC

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume One: Ravagers

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume One: Ravagers is recording now, and due out in May 2021. It’s the first of four boxsets starring Christopher Eccleston, each containing three new episodes.

Each volume will be released as a 4-disc collector’s edition box set or download, plus a selection of behind-the-scenes extras. They’re now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website, from just £19.99.

A bundle of the entire series is just £88 (on CD) or £78 (download). The triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to 1,000 per volume, and can be pre-ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums.

Please note: the vinyl editions do not include the behind-the-scenes extras.

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