Adventure further with the First Doctor in Doctor Who: The Early Adventures, as Big Finish release two brand new full cast audio dramas

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures is Big Finish Productions’ range exploring the thrilling world of the First and Second Doctors. Combining original cast members with new additions in familiar roles, they continue to bring 1960s Who to life. The two latest full cast dramas come out today, After the Daleks and The Secrets of Det-Sen.

After the Daleks explores what happens in the aftermath of 1964 television episode The Dalek Invasion of Earth, with Carole Ann Ford reprising her original role as classic companion Susan Foreman while Lucy Briers (Pride and Prejudice, Emma) steps into her mother Ann Davies’ shoes as Jenny Chaplin, one of the London residents caught up in the chaos. Finally, Sean Biggerstaff (Harry Potter, Jenny the Doctor’s Daughter), Oli Higginson (Bridgerton, The Pursuit of Love), Jonathan Guy Lewis (London’s Burning, Coronation Street) and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks complete the cast.

 

The casts of After the Daleks and The Secrets of Det-Sen. Top (l-r) Lucy Briers (Jenny Chaplin), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Oli Higson (Victor Chaplin), Sean Biggerstaff (David Campbell), Jonathan Guy Lewis (Marcus Bray), Kerry Gooderson (Pema Tsering). Bottom (l-r), Paul Courtney Hyu (Oddlyāna), Jeremy Ang Jones (Norbu), Lauren Cornelius (Dodo Chaplet) (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Abominable Snowmen
The casts of After the Daleks and The Secrets of Det-Sen. Top (l-r) Lucy Briers (Jenny Chaplin), Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Oli Higginson (Victor Chaplin), Sean Biggerstaff (David Campbell), Jonathan Guy Lewis (Marcus Bray), Kerry Gooderson (Pema Tsering). Bottom (l-r), Paul Courtaney Hyu (Oddlyāna), Jeremy Ang Jones (Norbu), Lauren Cornelius (Dodo Chaplet) (c) Big Finish Productions

The Secrets of Det-Sen takes the Doctor, Steven and Dodo to Tibet

Meanwhile, The Secrets of Det-Sen uncovers the events preceding The Abominable Snowmen, originally broadcast in 1967. For the first time on audio, Lauren Cornelius takes on the iconic role of Dodo Chaplet. While Peter Purves returns in the dual roles of the First Doctor and his television character Steven Taylor. The cast is completed by Jeremy Ang Jones (Cicero: The Crossroads, Torchwood), Paul Courtenay Hyu (ATA Girl, Doctor Who), Kerry Gooderson (Torchwood, Vienna) and Jamie Zubairi (Dark Shadows, Cucumber).

Alfie Shaw was Producer for both stories, saying “Reading these scripts was like uncovering two lost stories from the 1960s. We had to use very modern techniques (all together now – home recording!) for The Secrets of Det-Sen, but due to the great cast and director, as well as Toby Hrycek-Robinson working his magic on sound design and music, it evokes the 60s perfectly.”

 

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures - After the Daleks. Cover by Tom Webster (c) Big Finish Productions Susan Foreman Carole Ann Ford Dalek Invasion of Earth
Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – After the Daleks. Cover by Tom Webster (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – After the Daleks

The Dalek invasion of Earth is over, but there’s still so much left to do. Susan is trying to help rebuild society as best she can. But some people don’t see it as a chance to restore what was lost. Some people see it as a chance to claim power for themselves.

 It’s not just human survivors that Susan has to worry about. Unbeknownst to her, a lone Dalek survives. A lone Dalek with a single purpose –to reclaim the Earth!

 

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures - The Secrets of Det-Sen (c) Big Finish Productions First Doctor William Hartnell Steven Taylor Peter Purves Dodo Chaplet Jackie Lane Lauren Cornelius Yeti Great Intelligence
Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Secrets of Det-Sen (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Secrets of Det-Sen

When the Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive in the Himalayas, they have no idea that they are about to set off a chain of events that will haunt the Doctor throughout his many lives. Joining a pilgrimage to the nearby Det-Sen monastery, the travellers discover everything isn’t as it seems. As the situation grows increasingly dire, they will have to uncover the secrets of Det-Sen before it’s too late.

 

Both Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – After the Daleks and Doctor Who: The Early Adventures – The Secrets of Det-Sen are now available as collector’s edition CDs (at £14.99 each) and as digital downloads (at £12.99 each), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by ordering both stories together in a bundle for £28 on CD. Alternatively they can purchase a download bundle for £25.

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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