Get ready to enter a new era of Big Finish Productions’ range of First Doctor Adventures. Stephen Noonan steps into the TARDIS for the first time in April 2022!

Since 1963, many actors have portrayed the Doctor on stage and screen, including William Hartnell, who originated the role on television. Several actors have since portrayed the First Doctor. Most recently, David Bradley played the part both on television and in six series of audio dramas for Big Finish. Now, character actor and former Royal Shakespeare Company member Stephen Noonan is joining their number. Noonan will make his debut as the First Doctor in two exciting new audio dramas, The Outlaws and The Miniaturist. These new adventures arrive from Big Finish in April 2022.

Noonan describes the mix of excitement and trepidation involved in grasping such an iconic role by the lapels. “When Nicholas Briggs emailed to calmly offer me the role after I had auditioned, my initial reaction was one of extreme trepidation, considering it to be something of a sacred undertaking.

“I’m excited and daunted in equal measure to be following in the footsteps of William Hartnell. I hope we’ve done the great man justice and that you enjoy the new adventures to come.”


Stephen Noonan and Lauren Cornelius - the new First Doctor and Dodo! (c) Tony Whitmore Doctor Who Big Finish Productions
Stephen Noonan and Lauren Cornelius – the new First Doctor and Dodo! (c) Tony Whitmore

“Authentic yet somehow brand new”

Nicholas Briggs, who directs these new adventures, praises Noonan’s performance. “This is the beginning of a new era for the First Doctor with Big Finish,” he explains. “Stephen’s performance is, in my view, breath-taking and beautiful, authentic yet somehow brand-new, delivering deliciously Hartnell-esque belligerence, humour and charm in this box set, and offering up all sorts of exciting prospects for future adventures. It’s not simply an impersonation, it’s a full and rounded, detailed performance that I can’t wait for listeners to be thrilled by.

“Stephen Noonan has done some staggeringly detailed work to recapture the authenticity and spirit of the original Doctor, William Hartnell, whose success in the role is one of the main reasons the show is still with us today.”

Meanwhile, Producer Mark Wright is equally excited at launch this bold new era. “We’ve been working away behind the scenes for months,” he says “and I’m thrilled to finally reveal our brilliant new First Doctor, Stephen Noonan. His preparation for playing the Doctor has been immersive and awe-inspiring. Stephen’s performance is uncanny, going to great lengths to honour the memory of William Hartnell while bringing his own interpretation.”

The First Doctor and Dodo (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who
The First Doctor and Dodo: ready for new adventures (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who – The First Doctor Adventures: The Outlaws

Fans can now pre-order Doctor Who — The First Doctor Adventures: The Outlaws at just £19.99 (for the collector’s edition CD + download) or £16.99 (for the digital download only).

Listeners can save money by purchasing this series within a bundle of 14 of 2022’s Classic Doctor Who box sets. The bundle is £274 (on CD + download) or £237 (download only). Similarly, a bundle containing 10 Classic Doctor Who 2022 box sets is available. This time for £190 (on CD + download) or £165 (download only).

Alternatively, listeners can purchase both The First Doctor Adventures: The Outlaws and The Second Doctor Adventures: Beyond War Games on CD + download (for just £38) or on download only (for just £33).

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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