Thirty years since first appearing on British television screens, Russell T Davies’ classic SF series Dark Season comes back to life on audio

In 1991, future Doctor Who showrunner and award laden dramatist Russell T Davies received his first ever writing credit. Six part BBC Children’s drama Dark Season ultimately hinted at his love of classic Doctor Who stories. In retrospect it also contains signposts to its future revival. It’s noteworthy too for co-starring a young Kate Winslet in her first major television role! Davies accompanied the series by writing his own novelisation expanding the adventure, in true Target style. Long out of print, that novelisation now lives again thanks to a new audiobook by Big Finish. Original star Victoria Lambert (Marcie) has even returned to perform the new narration!

The audiobook is coming out in November 2021, and retells the story over an epic five and a half hours.

 

Victoria Lambert (Marcie) with a copy of Davies' original novelisation at the recording of the audiobook (c) Big Finish Dark Season Russell T Davies
Victoria Lambert (Marcie) with a copy of Davies’ original novelisation at the recording of the audiobook (c) Big Finish

“This was my trial run for Doctor Who

Russell T Davies reflects on coming home to his first heroes. “When I wrote my first TV script, 30 years ago, I never dreamt I’d be revisiting it all these years later. To be reunited with its star, Victoria Lambert, has been an absolute joy. We both agreed that in 1991, this was my trial run for Doctor Who!

“And it’s not just about revisiting the past. With Scott Handcock and Big Finish at the helm, I hope a new and terrifying Dark Season might be about to fall…”

Victoria Lambert played central hero Marcie in the original television show. But now she’s back to narrate the new audiobook. “When I first got the message, I thought it was someone taking the mick,” she says. “But it’s surreal, slightly, because when you’re sitting here and you’re reading the lines, there almost – in a compartment of my head – is the programme. I can see each scene. It’s always in the back of your mind.”

Meanwhile Scott Handcock, Producer for the new Dark Season, addedDark Season’s one of those series that burned itself into the imaginations of a generation of children back in the early 90s. It’s full of massive ideas and brilliant characters, not to mention an astonishing cast, and we were thrilled to track down the one-and-only Marcie Hatter – Victoria Lambert!

“We had such a fun time reliving Russell’s novelisation of that original TV series as a brand-new audiobook, and it’s a perfect introduction to the world… before Big Finish embarks on a few new dark seasons of its own.”

 

Dark Season. Cover by Sean Longmore. (c) Big Finish Productions Russell T Davies RTD Doctor Who Kate Winslet Jacqueline Pearse
Dark Season. Cover by Sean Longmore. (c) Big Finish Productions

Dark Season

An ordinary day at school takes a sinister turn when the mysterious Mr Eldritch promises a free home computer for every pupil; computers which conceal a terrible power…

Only three teenagers, Marcie, Thomas and Reet, are alert to danger. Soon, they’re caught in a conspiracy of brainwashing, kidnaps and a threat to the whole human race. Worse still, the school itself hides ancient secrets buried beneath its foundations, as the awesome Behemoth rises from its tomb, intent upon the destruction of all.

Eldritch has summoned his Dark Season, which heralds the end of the world…

 

Dark Season is now available to pre-order as a limited edition 5-CD box set at £22.99 or as a digital download from the Big Finish website at £19.99.

Please note the CD box set edition is a limited edition of only 1,000 copies.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy listeners can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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