Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor Who renaissance continues with The Ninth Doctor Adventures Volume 3, due for release in November 2021 from Big Finish Productions
Lost Warriors, the next Doctor Who box set of full cast audio adventures for Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor invites listeners to follow the TARDIS to a 1930s country mansion, the Scottish Highlands and an iconic movie set – where he runs into one very familiar face…
For Christopher Eccleston, there’s an enduring charm to being back in the TARDIS. “It’s just magical to me, to be playing a hero again,” he says. “There’s a great positivity and optimism to the Doctor, and what Doctor Who can do with these audios by reaching out to those young hearts and minds, to those young imaginations – it’s beautiful.”
A brilliantly talented vocal cast joins Christopher Eccleston on these historical adventures. Box set opener The Hunting Season features BAFTA nominee Alex Jennings (The Crown, A Very English Scandal) as master of Dewberry Hall Lord Hawthorn, Annette Badland (Doctor Who, Ted Lasso) as cook Mrs Goose and Don Gilét (Doctor Who, EastEnders) as the brutal butler Streatham, while The Curse of Lady Macbeth stars Neve McIntosh (The Paternoster Gang, Traces) as brave ruler Gruach, and closing episode Monsters in Metropolis features Big Finish’s own Nicholas Briggs as the Cyberman.
“Eccleston has energy, enthusiasm and inventive brilliance”
Meanwhile, Barnaby Edwards, the man inside the pepperpot for the iconic episode Dalek, steps into the control booth as director. “It was a huge treat to be reunited with Christopher Eccleston, 16 years after we last worked together on Doctor Who,” he says. “He had such energy and enthusiasm and inventive brilliance then – and he’s still got it now.”
Describing the boxset’s linking theme, Edwards goes on, “These three stories see the Ninth Doctor, himself a lone veteran of a great war, encountering three other ‘lost warriors’. Each adventure works as an entirely separate entity with great plots, fun characters and surprising villains, but together they present a fascinating dialogue on how conflict can change a person. And that’s especially true of the Doctor himself.
“I love all three scripts,” he continues, describing the storylines by John Dorney, Lizzie Hopley and James Kettle. “They’re so varied and so perfect for the Ninth Doctor. All are period pieces, which is an area where Chris’s very modern Doctor works so brilliantly, and all have a background of conflict, be it the aftershock of the First World War, the genesis of the Second World War or the innumerable battles in 11th-century Scotland. And, hey, where else could you find the Doctor encountering not only Macbeth and Lady Macbeth but also Fritz Lang?”
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Lost Warriors
The Doctor meets many strangers on his travels. Some are destined to end up friends, while others were always going to become his enemies. And some were once warriors, with reasons of their own to remain hidden from the universe…
The Hunting Season by James Kettle
The Curse of Lady Macbeth by Lizzie Hopley
Monsters In Metropolis by John Dorney
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Lost Warriors is now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website, from just £19.99. Doctor Who fans worldwide can now order all four volumes of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Listeners can save by ordering a bundle of the entire series for £88 as a collector’s edition box set. Alternatively, they can order as a download for £78.
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, exclusive to the Big Finish site. You can order them at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums.
Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions can download the story automatically and access the CD edits as a bonus download. Big Finish edits the episodes 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 vinyls 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 Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy listeners can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.