Say hello to Hebe – Ruth Madeley is joining Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford for a new series of full-cast Doctor Who audio adventures in 2022!


BAFTA-nominated Ruth Madeley (Years and Years, The Rook) will be stepping aboard the TARDIS in May next year to co-star as marine biologist Hebe Harrison. Hebe’s a brand new friend and travelling companion for Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush. When she first encounters the duo, Hebe is part of a survey team on an abandoned North Sea oil rig. As her colleagues disappear one by one, she teams up with the Doctor and Mel to find out what’s really happening…

Ruth Madeley said: “Being a part of the Doctor Who family is so much fun. Hebe is such a great character to play and I’m always excited to see what adventures she gets up to with the Doctor and Mel.” 

“Champagne corks were popping when we got the news that Ruth was on board!”

Sixth Doctor Adventures Producer Jacqueline Rayner discussed the search for Hebe. “Casting a new Doctor Who companion – what a responsibility! I compiled a list of every trait my dream companion should have, but they’d need flaws too, and they had to be a person that would click instantly with the Sixth Doctor…  Finding an actor who could take that big shopping list of attributes and turn them into a real, believable human being, that was a big ask.  
“Except it wasn’t, because I knew exactly who I wanted. But to say she’s a rising star is an understatement – was there any chance she’d be willing to do it? Surely not. So champagne corks were popping when we got the news that Ruth was on board! As well as being a wonderful actor, she’s one of the loveliest people to work with, and hearing Hebe spring to life during recording was just amazing. Ruth instantly became part of the Sixth Doctor family, and we’re so lucky to have her.” 


Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford recording more adventures for the Sixth Doctor (c) Tony Whitmore

Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Adventures

Ruth Madeley makes her Big Finish debut in Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Adventures – Volume One (title TBA), available now to pre-order as a collector’s edition box set (on CD at £19.99) and as a digital download (at £16.99), exclusively from

The first two volumes of the forthcoming series of Doctor Who: The Sixth Doctor Adventures are available now to pre-order as collector’s edition box sets (on CD from as little as £19.99) and as digital downloads (from just £16.99), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering the bundle of Volumes One and Two together (on CD at £38 or as digital downloads at £33).


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.


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