Tim Treloar’s Third Doctor is getting by with a little help from his friends this October
Big Finish have revealed the cover artwork and cast for the eighth volume of Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures, with a duo of daring adventures featuring Draconians, Devon and a devil in disguise!
Conspiracy in Space reunites the Third Doctor (Tim Treloar) with Jo Grant (Katy Manning), as they find themselves on Draconia, where a fight for the survival of the whole galaxy awaits them… Katy Manning describes how Jo deals with facing the Draconians once again after television story Frontier in Space. “I thought the plot was really terrific, and I thought it was really representative of that era. Jo has a tremendous understanding and passion for people, and I think that comes through quite a lot in everything she does. What the Doctor likes about her was that she has a lot of gumption and bravery, although she’s a bit cheeky sometimes and that comes over in the script here and there which is lovely.
“Big Finish is the best thing for so many actors, and they just keep producing the most brilliant stuff – you’re always excited to go to work with Big Finish. It’s one of those jobs you just know is going to be good, they’re going to be great and the scripts are going to be terrific, and that’s a great freedom for actors.”
Sam Stafford (The Box of Delights) as Lieutenant Ruji, Imogen Church (Callan) as Lady Zinn, Barnaby Edwards (Doctor Who) as General Chusa, Aurora Burghart (There She Goes) as Emerald and Issy Van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda) as the Grand Widow complete the cast.
The Devil’s Hoofprints brings the Doctor and Sarah Jane to Devon for a spooky story of redemption
The Devil’s Hoofprints finds the Third Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith (Sadie Miller) and the Brigadier (Jon Culshaw), as they uncover a story of elusive secrets… but do they really want to know the answers? “There’s this great mythology around these Devonshire mysteries,” says Miller, “where it’s just so spooky as well as being science fiction. I really enjoy the stories where the Doctor goes back to Earth’s past, and gets to interact with tangible characters whilst still having that alien element – so it’s a lovely mix of things, this adventure.
“It’s very Dickensian in the way that A Christmas Carol is, where you have a character who goes on their own redemptive journey. It has lots of layers to it that a good Christmas story does, with cosy moments between characters and the thrills and chills, but you also get to really go on a journey with a character and really see them come full circle.”
And the cast are completed by Derek Griffiths (Coronation Street) as Rev Mr Woolsgrove, Barnaby Kay (Wallander) as Chilton, Robert Daws (Poldark) as Sir Basil Hexworthy, Carolyn Seymour (Survivors) as Mrs Plymtree and Nicholas Briggs as the Icewalker.
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 8
Doctor Who – The Third Doctor Adventures: Volume 8 is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at the special price of £24.99) or a digital download (at the special price of £19.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Big Finish listeners can save even more money by ordering this volume in a bundle together with the forthcoming Third Doctor Adventures Volume 7 from just £39.
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.