Big Finish’s Lost Stories range continues to explore the Season 12 that might have been. Doctor Who and the Ark and Daleks! Genesis of Terror are coming soon!

It’s time to take a TARDIS trip back to 1975, as Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor returns in two brand new Lost Stories audio adventures, due for release in March 2023 from Big Finish Productions. The Lost Stories team have adapted Doctor Who and the Ark from John Lucarotti’s original story of the television serial The Ark in Space and brought to life as a full-cast audio drama. Meanwhile Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Daleks! Genesis of Terror features a full-cast episode from Terry Nation’s first draft script and an enhanced dramatic reading of his original storyline for Genesis of the Daleks. These releases add to the Season 12 Lost Stories set begun by Return of the Cybermen, which came out in March 2021 to great acclaim.

Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Doctor Who and the Ark stars Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, alongside Sadie Miller as Sarah Jane Smith and Christopher Naylor as Harry Sullivan. Adapted by Jonathan Morris from the first draft scripts, this audio production of Doctor Who and the Ark highlights where Robert Holmes polished the storytelling for television, and how the team developed the character of the Doctor.

Doctor Who –The Lost Stories: Daleks! Genesis of Terror finds the same TARDIS team working directly from a PDF of Terry Nation’s original script – complete with typos! The release also includes Nation’s initial storyline for all six episodes with additional material by Simon Guerrier. This audio adventure finds the Fourth Doctor and his friends in a Kaled-Thal war being fought by teenagers. But where are all the adults?

 

The Lost Stories are brought to life by Tom Baker (The Doctor), and his companions Christopher Naylor (Harry), and Sadie Miller (Sarah Jane) (c) Big Finish Fourth Doctor Tom Baker Doctor Who and the Ark The Ark in Space Genesis of the Daleks Daleks! Genesis of Terror Terry Nation John Lucarotti
The Lost Stories are brought to life by Tom Baker (The Doctor), and his companions Christopher Naylor (Harry), and Sadie Miller (Sarah Jane) (c) Big Finish

“Doctor Who archeology brought thrillingly to life”

Producer Simon Guerrier said: “This is something very special: Doctor Who archaeology brought thrillingly to life. The Ark in Space and Genesis of the Daleks are among the best-loved TV stories ever. We’ve uncovered first draft scripts by John Lucarotti and Terry Nation that are exciting, surprising and very different.”

Genesis is a very visual script packed with striking, stark images – Nation even makes the stage directions exciting. In Doctor Who and the Ark, the directions were more functional so Jonathan Morris has carefully adapted the script for audio. Though we’ve kept the original episode titles, such as ‘Puffball’ and ‘Camelias’ – I think Tom Baker enjoyed recording those! Oh, and wait till you hear that cliffhanger…”

 

Genesis of the Daleks - (c) BBC
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), Tom Baker (The Doctor) and Ian Marter (Harry) in the televised version of Genesis of the Daleks – (c) BBC

 

Doctor Who: The Lost Stories

Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Doctor Who and the Ark is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition four-disc box set (on CD at £14.99) and as a digital download (at £12.99), exclusively at www.bigfinish.com.

Doctor Who –The Lost Stories: Daleks! Genesis of Terror is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition box set on CD at £12.99. It’s also available as a digital download at £10.99, both exclusively from the Big Finish website.

 

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of the forthcoming adventures from The Lost Stories range, including both Doctor Who and the Ark and Daleks! Genesis of Terror, for £25 as collector’s edition CD box sets or £23 as digital downloads.

 

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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.

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