The Usurians return for Tom Baker’s tenth series as the Doctor for Big Finish!

An acting legend is about to join the world of Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures, as two brand-new full-cast audio dramas are due for release in January 2021. Dame Siân Phillips will take on the role of the Director, an evil alien Usurian, the galaxy’s most oily, money-obsessed species, determined to drain the Earth of its resources – and only the Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) can stop her.

Of playing a rapacious intergalactic capitalist, actor Siân Phillips said: “This is such a wonderful chance to be in something so iconic. Doctor Who is part of my lifetime’s experience and it was great fun to do. I don’t know why I like playing nasty people but I do. The Director is funny as well – there’s quite a lot of comedy because she’s so full of herself.”

Phillips’ Director appears in The World Traders by Guy Adams, described by script editor John Dorney as “a prequel to the 1977 television story The Sunmakers. And if that doesn’t excite you straight away then I don’t know what will. It’s a fun business satire with Tom Baker facing off against the legendary Siân Phillips. What’s not to like?”

Tom Baker (The Doctor) and Siân Phillips (The Director) during recording for The World Traders (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10
Tom Baker (The Doctor) and Siân Phillips (The Director) during recording for The World Traders (c) Big Finish Productions

The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 travels back in time to some of Leela’s earliest adventures with the Doctor

Meanwhile Dorney says second story, Day of the Comet is “a typically inventive Jonathan Morris script, with all the twists and turns we’ve come to expect from him. I love the way its tone varies unexpectedly so you’re never exactly going to be sure what the next episode is!”

Producer David Richardson describes the setting of Tom Baker’s latest series with Big Finish within his television era. “We’re going back to that gap between Seasons 14 and 15: back to the wooden console room, back to the Fourth Doctor and his eager-to-learn savage companion.

“Tom and Louise were such a formative part of my childhood that the thrill of working with them has never abated in the slightest, and here we have a run of exciting four-part stories that feel so absolutely authentic for the era and take the TARDIS travellers to many corners of time and space. It’s one heck of a ride!”

Other cast members across the two stories include; Janet Henfrey (Doctor Who), Ramon Tikaram (Jupiter Ascending), Joanna Hole (Tenko), Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers), Sara Powell (Holby Blue), Mandi Symonds (Scrubbers) and Chris Porter (Murder on the Orient Express).

 

The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1. Cover by Ryan Aplin Doctor Who Tom Baker Leela Louise Jameson (c) Big Finish Productions
The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1

The World Traders by Guy Adams

When a day out in 21st Century London leads to the TARDIS being impounded, the Doctor and Leela find themselves getting involved with the mysterious Amapan Investments, a company that’s managed to become remarkably successful in a remarkably short amount of time.

So what’s their secret? The Doctor and Leela are about to find out.

The Usurians have come to Earth. And they have big plans.

 

The Day of the Comet by Jonathan Morris

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and Leela to the ruins of a once-great city racked by earthquakes, where they find a giant rocket on the side of a mountain. The planet is due to be destroyed by a comet in a year’s time and this ship is the only way off world.

But is everything quite as it seems? At least one person in the city thinks the comet is going to come to obliterate the planet much sooner than people believe.

Which would be bad enough – if there wasn’t a far worse secret hidden behind the scenes…

 

Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 1 is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £24.99) and as a digital download (at £19.99), exclusively at the Big Finish website.

 

Plus, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 10 Volume 2 is due for release in February 2021 and is currently available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £24.99) and as a digital download (at £19.99). Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering both volumes together in a bundle for £45 on CD or £40 on download.

 

 

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