John Hurt returns to Doctor Who and Big Finish this September in three brilliant new audio releases. ‘Doctor Who – The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos’ marks the return of the War Doctor and Cardinal Ollistra (Jacqueline Pearce) to the terrible days of the Time War.
The first story is called ‘The Shadow Vortex’. The Time Lords detect that the quantum shield that protects the Earth has been breached, and by the worst possible source: the Daleks. Writer David Llewellyn had a startling idea about where to set The Shadow Vortex. “I was given a very open brief: Send the War Doctor to Earth,’ recounted Llewellyn. ‘The first image that came to mind was Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in the early ’60s – checkpoints in place, the boundary between East and West. Time War meets Cold War. Then I pictured a Dalek saucer landing right in front of it. Then I pictured the skies above Berlin swarming with Daleks. Then I got really, really excited and I started to write.”
The Shadow Vortex features Neve McIntosh, aka Madame Vastra and Honeysuckle Weeks, who was delightful in Foyle’s War.
The second audio, ‘The Eternity Cage’ by Andrew Smith focuses on the Sontaran effort to enter the Time War. Both the Time Lords and Daleks refuse until the Sontarans win a victory over both sides. This is writer Smith’s second story about the Sontarans. Dan Starkey (the Paternoster Gang’s butler Strax) voices the Sontarans, and Josh Bolt (Last Tango in Halifax, Benidorm) plays Kalan.
The third and final story in this collection is ‘The Eye of Harmony’ by Ken Bentley. A tale set on Gallifrey, where the battle between the Daleks and Time Lords rages. Writer Bentley loved the war plot of his book, and enthuses, “Even more exciting is that fact that I’ve written a play for John Hurt. JOHN HURT!! If you’d told me that might happen when I first started working for Big Finish I wouldn’t have believed you.”
All three stories are directed by Nicholas Briggs and produced by David Richardson.
Pre-orders are available now for Doctor Who – The War Doctor 3: Agents of Chaos for £20 from the Big Finish website. A free digital copy is included with CD orders.
You can also pre-order the box set as part of our War Doctor bundle, which includes the already released Doctor Who – The War Doctor 1: Only The Monstrous, Doctor Who – The War Doctor 2: Infernal Devices and February 2017’s Doctor Who – The War Doctor 4: Casualties of Time, which features Louise Jameson as Leela.
War Doctor fans now have the option of using the new Big Finish app to listen.