The Sixth Doctor and Mel encounter the Mind of the Hodiac in Russell T Davies first Doctor Who script!
Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford are reunited as Big Finish Productions unearths Russell T Davies’ first ever Doctor Who script to bring to life on audio for the first time.
Due for release in March 2022, Mind of the Hodiac is a full-cast audio production comprising of two hour-long episodes. The first is from the original typewritten 1986 script written by Russell T Davies and rediscovered 35 years later, and the second episode is written by director Scott Handcock from Davies’ detailed original notes.
“Russell is a master storyteller [and this is] a firecracker of a yarn”
Colin Baker described his pleasure at being united with one of Doctor Who’s top writers. “The fact that one of our stories was written by Russell T Davies who, as a young fan of the show in the 1980’s, was sufficiently enthused to write a story for the original ‘Mel B’ and me which has emerged blinking into the 21st Century is the icing on the cake. No one could deny that Russell is a master storyteller and even in his embryonic writing form has summoned from the imaginative ether a firecracker of a yarn.
“And I am so glad he wrote it for me and Bonnie and was not tempted to ‘update’ the Doctor or the companion. What is extraordinary is that that you can see the future writer of The Second Coming, Casanova and Cucumber flexing his young creativity to examine what happens when the ordinary and the everyday suddenly come face to face with the extraordinary and the far from every day.”
“It reminds you how privileged you are to be part of Doctor Who history”
Bonnie Langford similarly expressed her pride that her era of the show had helped inspire the future award winner. “Doctor Who is such a huge community and it’s a community that’s not only worldwide, it’s also generation wide. It brings families and generations together. When you think that someone with such a wonderful and extensive and luminous body of work such as Russell remembers this show (which involved Colin and me) with such fondness, it reminds you of how privileged we are to be part of that history – and that personal history of so many people.
“To think that Russell – who is such a lovely, lovely person – watched the show when he was a kid and then got the opportunity to reimagine it and bring it back to the world it’s in now, to give it new life (which it needed), and yet still has great affection for the old days, the classic lot that we are. Nothing is ever over.”
Doctor Who: The Lost Stories – Mind of the Hodiac
In the depths of space, the mysterious Hodiac is manipulating the Galactic Stock Exchange to raise money. His aim? To hire mercenaries for a deadly quest across the stars.
Meanwhile, on Earth, an ordinary British family is plagued by a series of psychic events.
The one thing connecting these events is a magnificent patchwork coat – which just so happens to belong to the Doctor!
Doctor Who – The Lost Stories: Mind of the Hodiac is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (priced at £14.99) or digital download (at £12.99), at www.bigfinish.com.
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.