The Doctor, River Song and Davros all enter the Dalek Universe in the final volume of Big Finish’s full cast audio epic Doctor Who adventure starring David Tennant arrives today
The most epic adventure yet for David Tennant’s Doctor draws to a close in Doctor Who: Dalek Universe 3, out today from Big Finish Productions. In the previous two volumes the Tenth Doctor has found himself out of time, reunited with his old travelling associate Anya Kingdom (Jane Slavin) and encountered many familiar faces such as the Meddling Monk, Mechonoids, Daleks, Visians and the Space Security Service.
But now the saga ends and questions await answers. Who has taken the Doctor away from his own time? And where is the TARDIS? Someone is about to reveal all… River Song (Alex Kingston)? Or Davros himself (Terry Molloy)?
“A wonderful and exciting finish”
Senior Producer, David Richardson was on hand to take about the mammoth accomplishment that’s been Dalek Universe. “It’s been a year since we recorded Dalek Universe,” he points out, “so sitting down to listen to the edits was like coming to it afresh. And I have to say, it blew me away! What a wonderful and exciting way to finish the nine-hour saga.
“There are Daleks and Davros and Movellans and River Song in the mix, loads of action… and yet, as with all great Doctor Who, it’s about people. About emotions. And two friends who have travelled through the Dalek Universe together now facing the endgame.”
The series has once again seen Big Finish’s Creative Director Nicholas Briggs give voice to the Daleks. He described the new challenges these particular Daleks represented. “It’s always a perverse joy to be exterminating people in a strictly fictional arena! Very cathartic. And brilliant that we had David Tennant on board in this unique set of adventures. As always, the strength of the scripts, in Dalek terms, was their ability to create new challenges from the Dalek voice angle. And there was plenty of that. I really think this is a milestone series.”
Eras collide as David Tennant’s Doctor faces the evil of Terry Molloy’s Davros
And writer of the climactic two-part finale, Matt Fitton, explains how Davros, as played by Terry Molloy, comes into play. “The Tenth Doctor meeting Davros was something I especially wanted to do,” he says, “especially in light of the TV episode Journey’s End and what we know of the later version of Davros that we see post-Time War. We’re meeting Davros between TV episodes Destiny of the Daleks and Resurrection of the Daleks, so we’re in slightly unexplored territory.
“At the end of Destiny of the Daleks, Davros is captured by the Earth forces and taken away for trial so when he does come round in my story, you’ve got the Doctor looming over him again and Davros is thinking, ‘You’re always there when I wake up!’”
Doctor Who: Dalek Universe 3
Lost in a universe before the Time War, the Doctor is still struggling to find a way back home… but has only found himself in the middle of another war. A very familiar war, involving his oldest enemies – and their malevolent creator.
However he’s not alone – as there are old friends here too. At least he thinks they’re old friends… but when the stakes are as high as this, can he really be sure who to trust? What side are they truly on?
The First Son by Lizzie Hopley
The Doctor’s attempts to return home have led him to the middle of a war zone… and a familiar voice.
The travellers have arrived on a planet made up of crashed space-ships where they encounter River Song… Or do they? Because she’s dressed as a Movellan and claims to be a member of that robot race. Is she undercover, a duplicate, or something more sinister? And more importantly… who is her son?
The Dalek Defence by Matt Fitton
The Doctor and Anya are trapped between battling Dalek and Movellan forces and only the intervention of Earth can get them out of trouble. But the humans have troubles too – and a very familiar prisoner. Davros.
Stuck in a universe before the Time War, the Doctor is bound by the rules of his own past… Can he keep everyone alive without changing history? And would he even want to?
The Triumph of Davros by Matt Fitton
Returning to a familiar planet, with Movellan and Dalek warships floating in the sky above, the stakes for the time-travellers are higher than ever. The mistakes of the Doctor’s past are coming back to haunt him. Alliances are made and broken. And the course of the war is about to turn. The Doctor can’t stop what’s coming. But maybe, just maybe… he may be able to save his friends.
All three volumes of the David Tennant Dalek epic can be ordered on CD, on vinyl, or as downloads
Doctor Who fans worldwide can also now order all three volumes of Dalek Universe, 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, from just £19.99. Each of the three volumes in Dalek Universe comes as a four-disc collector’s edition box set or download containing three brand-new full cast audio adventures, plus a selection of behind-the-scenes extras. Big Finish listeners can save by ordering a bundle of the entire series for just £66 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £58 (as a download).
The Dalek Universe triple LP vinyls are limited editions of 1,000 copies per volume. Listeners can order them at £35.99 each, or £99 for the bundle of all three 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 can download the story and have access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Vinyl episodes are special edits, with two parts, one on each side, and each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that listeners can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.