A long-lost Russell T. Davies Doctor Who story regenerates into highly-anticipated full-cast audio drama, released today by Big Finish Productions

Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford star in this brand new (old) adventure for the Sixth Doctor and Mel. Ant this time it’s based on the recently rediscovered script by Russell T Davies:  Mind of the Hodiac! The once and future Doctor Who showrunner has adapted his spec 1980s story for audio with director Scott Handcock (who has also scripted episode two based on the original notes).

Davies, speaking in Doctor Who Magazine issue 574, said: “Who would have thought, as I sat there in that little flat in Roath in Cardiff, bashing away on an electric typewriter my mother had bought me for my 21st birthday…?

“Obviously I was writing it in the hope it would be made – and here we are, all these years later. This whole thing… it’s very strange that I’m coming back to Doctor Who [on television] at the same time, because none of this was planned. But it feels all as one. It feels like a whole. It feels like it was meant to be.”

 

Colin Baker (The Doctor) and Bonnie Langford (Mel) recoding for Big Finish (c) Tony Whitmore Doctor Who Big Finish Productions
Colin Baker (The Doctor) and Bonnie Langford (Mel) recoding for Big Finish (c) Tony Whitmore

“A genuine honour [and] a jolly good adventure!”

Sixth Doctor Colin Baker said: “When I heard Russell T. Davies had found a script he’d written in the 1980s and that it was going to be released by Big Finish, I honestly didn’t think it was going to be for me – but it was! Bonnie Langford and I were playing our parts on TV when he wrote it so it was a genuine honour to know that I was the first Doctor he had written a script for.

Mind of the Hodiac is a jolly good adventure. It was also interesting as in the script you can see the germs of the writer he would become. It’s a very simple but clever construction with ordinary people and extraordinary things.”

Director and writer Scott Handcock added: “I was actually quite nervous going into this project! I think both Russell and I had a panic about what if episode two wasn’t up to scratch? I’ve never been so nervous waiting for a response. Thankfully, however, he loved it. The great thing about working with Russell is he’s a collaborator so you’re always going to have a healthy back-and-forth even when he’s busy spinning 101 other plates.”

 

Laura Riseboroiugh (Miss Fairfax), Bonnie Landford (Mel), Loreece Harrison (Lisa), T'Nia Miller (Mrs Maitland), Annette Badland (Mrs Chinn) and Sutara Gayle (Nan) at the recording of Mind of the Hodiac (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Russell T Davies Sixth Doctor
Laura Riseboroiugh (Miss Fairfax), Bonnie Landford (Mel), Loreece Harrison (Lisa), T’Nia Miller (Mrs Maitland), Annette Badland (Mrs Chinn) and Sutara Gayle (Nan) at the recording of Mind of the Hodiac (c) Big Finish Productions

Mind of the Hodiac features an all star cast, including T’Nia Miller!

The stellar ensemble cast, led by Laurie Kynaston (Derry Girls, How to Build a Girl) as the villainous Hodiac, also includes Annette Badland (Doctor Who, Ted Lasso), Alexander Vlahos (Outlander, Sanditon), T’Nia Miller (Years and Years, The Haunting of Bly Manor), Raj Ghatak (Ghosts, Ackley Bridge), Sutara Gayle (Magpie Murders, Silent Witness), and Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (Devs, Wednesday).

Doctor Who: Mind of the Hodiac (c) Big Finish Productions Russell T Davies Sixth Doctor Colin Baker
Doctor Who: Mind of the Hodiac (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: Mind of the Hodiac

In the depths of space, the mysterious Hodiac is manipulating the Galactic Stock Exchange to raise money. His aim? To hire mercenaries for a deadly quest across the stars.

Meanwhile, on Earth, an ordinary British family is plagued by a series of psychic events.

The one thing connecting these events is a magnificent patchwork coat –which just so happens to belong to the Doctor!

 

Doctor Who — The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac is now available to own for just £14.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £12.99 (download only), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. In the event of delays to the mailout of collector’s edition CDs all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that users can be immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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