Tom Baker returns for more solo journeys in the action-packed box set, Doctor Who — The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Nine, released today from Big Finish Productions

In three immersive full-cast audio dramas, the Doctor once again travels without a companion… but he’s never alone for long. Doctor Who: The Nine, the latest set of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, arrives today from Big Finish. In the opening adventure, the Doctor must keep the Nine (John Heffernan) — a criminal Time Lord with nine different personalities — out of trouble. The last of the Abway species, Thana (Ronni Ancona), is also back causing chaos.

Alicia Ambrose-Bayly (ATA Girl, The Prisoner) guest stars as Hanna Schumann, a German nurse, in the World War One adventure Shellshock. And in the closing “celebrity historical” story, Peake Season, David Holt (Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, The Jungle Book) voices the famous artist and author, Mervyn Peake.

The cast of this box set also includes Nicholas Asbury (Alma’s Not Normal, Chewing Gum), Richard Dixon (Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?), Mark Elstob (The Prisoner), Jules de Jongh (The Canterville Ghost), Richard Hope (Gentleman Jack, The Ipcress File), Finlay Robertson (Unforgotten, Doctor Who), and Marc Silk (Thunderbirds Are Go).

 

(l-r) Finlay Robertson, Nicholas Asbury, Tom Baker, Nicholas Briggs, Richard Hope, Alicia Ambrose-Bayly, Joe Meiners, Christopher Naylor (c) Big Finish Productions
(l-r) Finlay Robertson, Nicholas Asbury, Tom Baker, Nicholas Briggs, Richard Hope, Alicia Ambrose-Bayly, Joe Meiners, Christopher Naylor (c) Big Finish Productions

“Tom Baker is a national treasure”

John Heffernan spoke about a renegade Time Lord against Tom Baker’s Doctor. “Tom Baker is a national treasure. It’s been a total joy and a huge privilege to see him play the iconic character for which he’s known and to see he’s still relishing it. It really has been a dream.”

Fellow villain Ronni Ancona was also delighted by the chance to work with Baker. “I’m literally in love with Tom. He was a real hero of mine when I was young and the only Doctor Who for me. He’s magnificent and hysterically funny. He’s a total inspiration.”

The Doctor’s latest friend was equally impressed by her iconic co-star. Alicia Ambrose-Bayly said “I grew up watching the Doctor Who re-runs with Tom Baker so to me – there is no other Doctor. He’s got a twinkle in his eye and lots of good anecdotes from working as an actor. He’s great company.”

Meanwhile, David Holt spoke about his role as Peake Season’s historical celebrity, “Mervyn Peake was an exceptional talent with a cult following. He had the most extraordinary but brief life. What he left behind was a body of fantastical books [in which he showed great] imagination and skill for creating characters and worlds. He was a significant artist in his own right as well as an author.”

Script editor John Dorney revealed some of the reasoning behind building a Doctor Who story around Peake. “Mervyn Peake has often come up in conversations with Tom Baker as he was someone he likes the work of. So, it struck me that we should get the Doctor to meet Mervyn Peake as I knew it was something Tom would enjoy and have fun with.”

 

Doctor Who: The Nine. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions Fourth Doctor Adventures Tom Baker
Doctor Who: The Nine. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Dreams of Avarice. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions Fourth Doctor Adventures Tom Baker The Nine
Doctor Who: The Dreams of Avarice. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: The Nine

The Dreams of Avarice by Guy Adams

The Nine isn’t your average robber. A ferociously intelligent and murderous kleptomaniac Time Lord with regenerative dissonance, he’s a far more dangerous adversary than most security details are used to. So it’s useful that the Doctor is on hand to stop him.

This time more than ever – as the Nine is about to pull off the greatest heist of his criminal career. Though could the consequences be far worse than the crime?

 

Doctor Who: Shellshock. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions Fourth Doctor Adventures Tom Baker
Doctor Who: Shellshock. Cover by Ryan Aplin (c) Big Finish Productions
Shellshock by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris

When the TARDIS lands behind German lines at the height of the First World War the Doctor finds himself inadvertently transported to a hospital full of traumatised soldiers.

They’re suffering from shellshock but also something else. Something causing vivid nightmares that chill the blood. Something not of this place.

Things are not quiet on the Western Front.

 

Doctor Who: Peake Season. Cover by Ryan Aplin. (c) Big Finish Productions Fourth Doctor Adventures Tom Baker Mervyn Peake
Doctor Who: Peake Season. Cover by Ryan Aplin. (c) Big Finish Productions
Peake Season by Lizbeth Myles

After an embarrassing encounter, the Doctor tries to make amends to Mervyn Peake by offering him a trip in the TARDIS. It’s a trip the famous author should never have accepted.

Soon he and the Doctor find themselves trapped in a nameless city and working as newspaper cartoonists.

Where are they? More importantly, where is the TARDIS? And more importantly than that – can they escape with their lives?

Doctor Who — The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Nine is now available to own for just £24.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £19.99 (download only) exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by purchasing The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 11: The Nine and Solo together in a bundle for £46 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £39 (download only).

The Dreams of Avarice and Shellshock are each also available as individual downloads for just £12.99.

Alternatively, both box sets can be purchased as part of the 14-release Classic Doctors bundle for £274 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £237 (download only) from www.bigfinish.com.

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, 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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