Lady Christina de Souza is back with Doctor Who thanks to Big Finish Productions
This September Michelle Ryan (EastEnders, Merlin, Bionic Woman) returns as Lady Christina de Souza, the thief that charmed the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) in Doctor Who Planet of the Dead. The episode, co-written by Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts was on of the 2009 Doctor Who specials.
Russell T Davies, who created the character and the BBC Worldwide permitted Big Finish to create these new stories. Also returning, is Jacqueline King (Doctor Who, 55 Degrees North) as Syliva Noble, Donna’s mum along with Warren Brown (Luther, Strikeback) who portrays UNIT’s Sam Bishop.
David Richardson, senior producer explains: “Lady Christina de Souza was a standout guest character in Doctor Who. When she disappeared off in her flying bus, I wanted to know what happened next – and as it turns out, so did Russell T Davies! Russell very generously embraced the idea of us giving Lady Christina her own audio spin-off, and Michelle Ryan was delighted about the prospect of returning.
“This is a really strong return for Lady C. The scripts are glorious – fast, funny and thrilling – and we have a superb cast, including Warren Brown and Tracy Wiles, providing a link to our UNIT series as they reprise their characters of Sam Bishop and Jacqui McGee. All aboard the 200, it’s going to be quite a ride!”
There will be four episodes written by fan favourites, John Dorney, James Goss, Tim Dawson and Donald McLeary. Lady Christina will be facing numerous enemies including a return of Slitheen and perhaps we will get to find out what happened to the famous flying double decker bus.
- It Takes a Thief by John Dorney
- Skin Deep by James Goss
- Portrait of a Lady by Tim Dawson
- Death on the Mile by Donald McLeary
Michelle was thrilled to return to the role: “Being asked to revisit the role of Lady Christina was a very easy decision. Adventure, a sunny climate and mind-boggling scenarios are included in the scripts, everything I remember of my Doctor Who experience. Alas no David Tennant, but there’s a host of new characters to help along the way.
“I love that we get to see a little more of her heart in the stories, that she does care about the greater good whilst also satisfying her curiosity for life”
The Adventures of Lady Christina are available for pre-order now at £23 on CD or £20 on download from Big Finish and will remain at this price until general release when it will be available for £35 on CD or £30 on download