Big Finish Productions picked up the license to produce brand new Doctor Who audio adventures in 1999, announcing that they would feature Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy reprising their respective incarnations of the renegade Time Lord along with some of their television companions. Two years later Big Finish added Paul McGann to the roster of classic series Doctors. The most frequently and fervently asked question has been “When will Tom Baker appear as the fourth Doctor?” For nearly a decade the answer has always been no as Baker has frequently declared he had left the role firmly in the past. In 2009, Baker agreed to return to his most famous role in a short series of dramatic audio presentations for BBC Radio, which he did again last year. Since that time Baker himself has revealed that negotiations were once again underway with Big Finish, even strongly hinting that it was a done deal. Today, the production company themselves have officially announced that Tom Baker will return as the fourth Doctor in several planned full cast audio productions and he’s bringing a couple of companions with him. Below are all the details from Big Finish!
We’re delighted to announce that Tom Baker will be playing the Fourth Doctor in a number of audio adventures for Big Finish, to be released from the beginning of 2012. Storylines and scripts are already at an advanced stage, and we plan to start recording early in the summer.
The first season of six single-disc releases will begin in January 2012, with a second season of seven single-disc releases to follow at a date to be confirmed. There will also be a five-disc box set entitled Doctor Who: The Lost Stories – The Fourth Doctor Box Set. The producers across the Fourth Doctor adventures are Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson.
“As many of you will know, we’ve been talking to Tom for a long time,” says Big Finish executive producer Nick Briggs. “David Richardson and I went to visit Tom at his home not long ago to chat about it all. We had a really great time. At that point, I sincerely felt that had we taken a microphone with us, Tom would have started there and then – but, of course, there are always finer details to sort out. Now that our plans are in place, and Tom has enthusiastically told the world that we’re going ahead, we thought it best to follow-up with our own announcement. Rest assured that in the coming months we will be releasing news on this as soon as we are able.”
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery says: “I am delighted that Tom will be joining the Big Finish audio adventures of Doctor Who. As a small child, I remember how charismatic and engaging his performance was each Saturday tea time – and we are all looking forward to recreating that era again.”
We can confirm that the companions in these productions will be Louise Jameson as Leela and Mary Tamm as Romana, and some familiar monstrous faces from the past will be popping up too.