It’s Baker Street through time in Doctor Who: Stranded 2, the latest Eighth Doctor Adventure

The four exciting episodes of Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Stranded 2 take the Doctor (Paul McGann), with his companions Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan), out of their domestic lives and back tumbling through time – but all from the comfort of Baker Street.

Returning from Stranded 1 are Rebecca Root as Tania Bell, and Tom Price as Sergeant Andy Davidson. Meanwhile Tom Baker is back too as the mysterious Curator. Plus Clive Wood (Mr Bird), Avita Jay (Zakia Akhtar), Amina Zia (Aisha Akhtar), and Joel James Davison (Robin Bright-Thompson). Joining for volume two are guest stars Jon Culshaw (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and Anjli Mohindra (Nisha).

 

Stranded script editor Matt Fitton with the ladies of Baker Street, Rebecca Root, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morahan, Avita Jay, and Amina Zie (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who
Stranded script editor Matt Fitton with the ladies of Baker Street, Rebecca Root, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morahan, Avita Jay, and Amina Zie (c) Big Finish Productions

The second volume of Stranded features the TARDIS starting to heal its wounds

Script editor and writer of the box set opener, Dead Time, Matt Fitton said: “My script follows straight on from the end of Stranded 1, with the Doctor realising the TARDIS is beginning to recover. He’s absolutely desperate to take it on a test flight but he’s also surrounded by all these people who want answers.  Who is he, what he’s doing and what the TARDIS is. What’s lovely with this first episode is that it’s just those characters, and they end up in a situation where they may be stranded again, in a much more dangerous environment.”

Writer of second episode, UNIT Dating, Roy Gill added: “Although Stranded is a character driven series, the story I wanted to tell required a close eye on plot mechanics. So working out the logic of the story and how the scenes would intercut was probably the biggest challenge. That did mean I went into scripting with a very tight plan, so I was able to have a lot of fun exploring dialogue and character moments… It was a tricky one to outline and a fun one to write.”

 

Jeremy Clyde, David Shaw Parker, and Clive Wood at the recording of Stranded 2 (c) Big Finish Productions
Jeremy Clyde, David Shaw Parker, and Clive Wood at the recording of Stranded 2 (c) Big Finish Productions

Baker Street Irregulars takes the housemates back to visit Baker Street’s famous adventurers (not those ones)

Of her episode, Baker Street Irregulars, Lisa McMullin said: “We decided to do something with the sisters, Zakia and Aisha, which would be connected to the Special Operations Executive – the country’s sabotage and espionage department during the Second World War. It was based for a time in Baker Street so it would have been rude not to visit them!”

And writer of finale, The Long Way Round, John Dorney added about the series: “The reaction to Stranded 1 was really gratifying. When it came out we were all very aware of how unusual it is. We knew what we were trying to do was atypical Doctor Who and we weren’t sure how our listeners were going to respond, although we were all very proud of it. But everyone very much liked that we were doing something rather different.”

 

Doctor Who: Stranded 2

The TARDIS is still stranded – but the healing process has begun. After living in Baker Street for months, the Doctor, Liv and Helen find their new friends becoming curious about who they really are. But is it wise to tell them, when their future – and their past – are filled with danger?

And in the shadows, the Curator is watching.

Doctor Who: Stranded 2 is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set (priced at £24.99), or on download (at £19.99) exclusively from www.bigfinish.com. Note: products are sold in £ sterling on the Big Finish website but will be converted to local currency upon checkout.

Big Finish listeners can save even more money with a bundle of all four box sets, pre-ordering the entire series for just £88 as a collector’s edition CD box set or £79 as a digital download.

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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