Tom Baker guest stars as Kate Stewart and her team meet some familiar faces for the first time in UNIT: Nemesis

Due for release from Big Finish Productions in November 2021, UNIT: Nemesis is a Doctor Who spin-off of full-cast audio drama series starring TV cast members Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood. And this ninth boxset is packed full of alien adversaries. The presence of the Ice Warriors has previously been announced. But now we know these adventures also find UNIT battling malevolent Time Lord the Eleven (Mark Bonnar). It’s a conflict that will rage through the streets of Edinburgh and beyond. Meanwhile, Kate’s team will also be teaming up with the mysterious Curator (Tom Baker) in the Under Gallery. This volume marks a brand-new era for the UNIT team and the beginning of a new four-box-set arc of adventures.

All the UNIT regulars are back – Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver, James Joyce, Eleanor Crooks, Christopher Naylor and Tracy Wiles. And joining them this time are Maggie Service (Deep Breath) as East End gang leader Ava Drake, James MacCallum (Tolkien) as marine geologist and archaeologist Adam Merchant, Olivia Poulet (The Thick of It) as wannabe influencer Ros Green. Completing the cast are Becky Wright (The Archers) as UNIT private Claire Duval and Glen McCready (Missy) as JW Turner.

 

Tom Baker as the Curator in The Day of the Doctor (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Under Gallery TARDIS Roundels
Tom Baker as the Curator in The Day of the Doctor (c) BBC Studios

The Eleven takes on Tom Baker’s Curator when he attempts to invade the Under Gallery

The Curator was introduced in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary television story The Day of the Doctor. Played by Tom Baker, he safeguards UNIT’s Under Gallery. In his care the most unusual, and dangerous, artworks from across time and space are kept safely hidden away. And he may even be a future incarnation of the Doctor, revisiting an old favourite face… Meanwhile, evil Time Lord the Eleven was introduced as an antagonist for the Eighth Doctor in the Doom Coalition series. Since then his reign of terror has expanded with modern day UNIT the latest to face his mercurial wrath. And being a Time Lord who has all his previous incarnations – most of them arch criminals of one kind of another – he’s as unpredictable as he is lethal.

Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) praised Bonnar’s performance as the Eleven in UNIT: Nemesis. “I love the scripts for the UNIT series – I think they’re really well written, and these are no exception. This is a really exciting adventure, and it’s the first time I’ve encountered the Eleven – it’s an extraordinary thing to hear Mark Bonnar create eleven completely different personalities so distinctively, brilliantly and terrifyingly. He does it all effortlessly – it’s a masterclass. I loved every minute of it.”

Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) agreed. “I absolutely loved doing these scripts, because we had someone new to play with – the Eleven! It’s always fun when you get an actor who is doing so many different parts, and it’s great to also have the old gang back together too.”

 

UNIT: Nemesis Volume 1 (c) Big Finish Productions
UNIT: Nemesis Volume 1 (c) Big Finish Productions

UNIT: Nemesis Volume 1

The Enemy Beyond by Andrew Smith

In a UNIT facility beneath Edinburgh Castle, Kate and Osgood work to unlock the mystery of a stone arch discovered buried in a prehistoric rock formation. When the arch takes one of their number away to a strange, bleak world, it leads to an encounter with a Time Lord. One with multiple personalities. Soon the Eleven is loose on the streets of Edinburgh and plotting to seize the arch from UNIT by any means necessary.

Fire and Ice by John Dorney

When Kate needs Harry Sullivan’s help with a threat from the Eleven, she and Osgood travel to Australia to meet him. He’s there with Naomi Cross, investigating footage of an apparent UFO crash that turned up on social media. They find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict between Ice Warriors. And one Ice Warrior isn’t so icy –in fact, he’s red hot. And getting hotter…

Eleven’s Eleven by Lisa McMullin

A series of jewel robberies in London and the Home Counties draws the attention of UNIT when it’s discovered that some of the stolen gems are alien in origin. The robberies are the work of an organised criminal gang led by East End villain Ava Drake. But Ava has a new, ruthless partner. The Eleven has promised her riches, and for him the gems are a means to defeat UNIT and regain the arch.

The Curator’s Gambit by Andrew Smith

The arch is taken to the Under Gallery for safe keeping, under the protection of the Curator. When the Eleven penetrates the Gallery’s security, the Curator initiates an emergency plan. He and UNIT play a game of cat and mouse with their pursuers within the Under Gallery’s original location, Hampton Court Palace.

 

 

UNIT – Nemesis 1 is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (for just £24.99). It’s also available as a digital download (for just £19.99) exclusively from the Big Finish website.

 

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering the bundle, containing all four volumes in the UNIT – Nemesis series. The bundle is just £88 (as a collector’s edition CD) or £79 (as a download).

 

Please note that 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.Back

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