It’s time to jump back into the TARDIS with Christopher Eccleston, as Big Finish Productions release the second volume of Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures today
Released as a trio of full cast audio adventures, Respond to All Calls finds the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) answering cries for help from across the galaxies. From Scotland to Paris to a spooky graveyard planet, these will be be the adventures of a lifetime…
The brilliant cast also includes Forbes Masson (Catastrophe), Mirren Mack (Sex Education), and Damien Lynch (Giri/Haji). Joining them are Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Adrian Schiller (The Last Kingdom), and Jan Francis (Secret Army). Finally, Pearl Appleby (Taboo), Margaret Clunie (Victoria) and Big Finish newcomers Benjamin Davies, Akshay Khanna and Nick Fletcher complete the cast.
“This incarnation is a lonely wanderer who can’t settle down with anyone as he feels he has to keep moving”
The Producer for Responds to All Calls is David Richardson. “What I love about this set is that it contains three character-based dramas” he says, “each of the writers has given the casts something really meaty to play with. My over-riding memory of this recording is that it was just a blast – we laughed so much in between the takes – and Chris really enjoyed working with the brilliant director Helen Goldwyn, who always balances creativity and detail with having a great time.
“Each of the adventures in this CD box set (or download folder) offers something new and exciting, with brilliant new friends and terrifying foes.”
Script editor Matt Fitton, meanwhile, explained why none of this stories introduce a permanent companion for the Doctor. “What the Doctor does in these stories is what he does best – helping out where he can,” he says. “And while he might be tempted to invite people along for the ‘trip of a lifetime’, these adventures are strictly a one-off and they won’t be staying on board.
“That’s an aspect that Chris really likes; this incarnation is a lonely wanderer who can’t settle down with anyone as he feels he has to keep moving. He’s falling through time, grabbing onto things as he passes, but he never stays in the one place. He’s finding out who he is, what it means to be the Doctor in a universe after the Time War when he’s got freedom to wander again, but he is wary of getting too close to anyone because of what might happen.”
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Respond to All Calls
Girl, Deconstructed by Lisa McMullin
Marnie is missing. But she hasn’t run away, as her dad fears – Marnie is still very much at home. But not quite as she was. The Doctor joins forces with Missing Persons detective Jana Lee to help solve the mystery of a girl who’s gone to pieces.
Fright Motif by Tim Foley
In post-War Paris, musician Artie Berger has lost his mojo, but gained a predator; something that seeps through the cracks of dissonance to devour the unwary. Luckily for Artie, the Doctor is here. Unluckily for everyone, he needs bait to trap a monster…
Planet of the End by Timothy X Atack
The Doctor arrives on a mausoleum world for sightseeing and light pedantry, correcting its planetary records. The resident AI has other ideas.
Deep within a tomb, something stirs. Occasus is the last resting place of a species far too dangerous to exist. And the Doctor is its way back.
Responds to All Calls is available now on CD, as a download, or vinyl LP
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.
Big Finish listeners can save by ordering a bundle of the entire series on CD for just £88. The bundle is also available 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, and 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 get access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format. They’ll be presented as two episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all 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.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Issues beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs and limited edition vinyl LPs, 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.