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Big Finish Productions For March, 2012


Author: Eddie Robson
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Sound Design: Matthew Cochrane
Music: Matthew Cochrane
Cover Art: Iain Robertson



Performed by CAROLINE JOHN as Liz Shaw with JOE COEN as Childs and KYLE REDMOND-JONES as James Foster
A new adventure with the Third Doctor, as told by his companion, Liz.
A damaged alien computer is being guarded by UNIT troops, but the soldiers simply vanish Usually the Brigadier would call in the Doctor – but on this occasion the Time Lord is being kept out of the loop. Instead, it’s up to Elizabeth Shaw to oversee the project to repair this alien technology, and recover the missing men. And then Liz vanishes too. Trapped inside the machine, Liz faces a battle for survival against a lethal defence system. And this time, she must save the day without the Doctor at her side…


Author: James Goss
Director: Joseph Lidster
Sound Design: David Darlington
Music: David Darlington
Cover Art: Lee Binding



Gerald Conway has come to Collinsport in pursuit of a dream. For many months, he’s been haunted by visions of The House By The Sea. Now Gerald is staying at the House, he begins to uncover its dark past. Warlocks, dreamers and murderers have all come to the House By The Sea looking for something – and they’ve all died. Is there really a secret of the strange Collins family hidden here? Something terrible is waiting under the House. Waiting for Gerald.


Author: William Gallagher
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Simon Robinson
Music: Simon Robinson
Cover Art: Simon Holub



A new adventure in time and space for the Sixth Doctor and Flip.
The year is 16127. Four decades have passed since the colonists of Nerva Beacon returned to repopulate the once-devastated planet Earth – and the chosen few are finding the business of survival tough. Far beyond the sterile safety of sanitised Nerva City, transmat scientist Roger Buchman has brought his family to an island surrounded by what they once called Loch Lomond, hoping to re-establish the colony he was forced to abandon many years before. But something else resides in the Loch. A pestilent alien infestation that the Doctor, beaming in from Nerva City, remembers only too well from his time aboard the Beacon…The Wirrn are back. And they’re hungry.


Author: John Dorney
Director: Ken Bentley
Sound Design: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Music: Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Cover Art: Amazing15



A new adventure in time and space for the Fourth Doctor and Leela.
Britain. The height of the Roman occupation. The Doctor has brought Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors… but has no idea how much of an education she is going to get. Because this is the time of Boudica’s rebellion. When the tribe of the Iceni rises up and attempts to overthrow the Roman masters. As Leela begins to be swayed by the warrior queen’s words, the Doctor has to make a decision: save his friend… or save history itself?


Author: Nigel Fairs, John Dorney, Matthew Sweet, Justin Richards
Director: Lisa Bowerman
Sound Design: Fool Circle Productions
Music: Fool Circle Productions
Cover Art: Alex Mallinson



A fourth series of the spin-off, featuring the Victorian adventurers first seen in classic Doctor Who story “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”
Jago and Litefoot have been busy saving the world, so they haven’t noticed the enigmatic Professor Claudius Dark trailing their every move, and manipulating from the shadows. Until now. A trip to the seaside and a night at the theatre hide a darker purpose, and as deadly foes gather Jago, Litefoot, Leela, Ellie and Sergeant Quick must stand together. Because the sands of time are falling…


Author: Robert Shearman
Cover Art: Rachel Goodyear





The history of the world. All of it. Its wars, its empires. Each and every one of its decline-and-falls. It’s really terribly simple. It’s the story of a bunch of mediocrities who are trying to look special. And it is my duty, it is my pleasure, to expose the lot of them.

A little boy who betrays his father to the mercies of Santa Claus. An assassin whose personality is so insipid he erases people with his very presence. A kitty cat that likes to hunt only endangered species. Camel marriages, killer angels, and conjuring tricks that cause worldwide plague. The history of mankind. As told through twenty-one tales of the comic and the macabre. Frightening and funny. Heartbreaking and wise.

Big Finish Brings Together The Four Doctors

During Doctor Who‘s nearly half a century of existence, each decade has been marked by a story featuring multiple incarnations of the Time Lord. The tenth season began with the four part serial The Three Doctors, the twentieth anniversary saw the special 90 minute episode The Five Doctors, the thirtieth anniversary had the Doctor Who universe cross over with EastEnders in the jumbled mess that was Dimensions in Time and forty years through time and space was marked by the audio drama Zagreus from Big Finish Productions. Additionally, the TV series has given us the second and sixth incarnations teaming up in The Two Doctors and the fifth incarnation and tenth meeting up briefly in the TARDIS console room in the Children In Need special mini-episode Time Crash. There have also been numerous meetings of various Doctors in print from Virgin Books and BBC Books as well as in previous audio dramas from Big Finish, not to mention the odd comic strip here and there.

Big Finish’s range of Doctor Who audio dramas began with a multi-Doctor story, fittingly enough, with 1999’s The Sirens of Time. Initially, the audio production company had signed up Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy to the range. Once Paul McGann signed up in 2001 to return as the eighth Doctor, the question remained as to when all four Big Finish Doctors would feature in the same story. The resulting answer was the aforementioned Zagreus, but while that featured Davison, Baker, McCoy and McGann, only McGann appeared as the Doctor. The other actors portrayed other characters, although they did appear as the Doctor briefly towards the end. Even though this special story did feature Jon Pertwee return as the Doctor, via some previously unused audio recordings of the actor from a fan production, it still left a desire to see a proper team-up of the Big Finish Doctors.

Now, Big Finish has released The Four Doctors as a special treat to their subscribers. [Note: this release is unavailable for purchase directly. You must subscribe to the main Doctor Who range and your subscription must include the audio drama The Demons of Red Lodge. You can subscribe by clicking here.] Written by Peter Anghelides, this is a fun, time-twisting adventure that features four Doctors battling their oldest foe, the Daleks. While the four don’t necessarily directly encounter each other at first, they do fight the same battle via encounters with the same character. Big Finish always has clever approaches to their adventures and this one proves not only how ingenious they are, but answers a question I’ve always had regarding the previous Doctor crossovers; namely, wouldn’t the most recent incarnation of the Doctor remember what happened having already gone through it as his previous selves? Anghelides still plays coy with that here, but you get the idea that the Doctors know more than they are letting on at any given time. I’m hesitant to say more as you really need to hear this adventure for yourself unspoiled. Suffice it to say, it is a rollicking time-travel adventure in the finest Doctor Who and Big Finish tradition with an interesting new race, the Daleks being their evil best, the Doctor being the Doctor and a couple of fun surprises for long-time Doctor Who fans. Subscribe now so you don’t miss this fantastic audio drama!

Big Finish Brings Together ‘The Four Doctors’ In December

Slipped in at the end of their latest news release is the title and some sparse details on a special release this December from Big Finish Productions. The free story for subscribers in December is going to be a multi-Doctor extravaganza! Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann will all join forces in The Four Doctors in an epic fight against the Daleks…

The last time all four actors teamed up was for the 2003 audio play Zagreus, which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the show. However, it wasn’t really a multi-Doctor story as Davison, Baker and McCoy played other characters that turned out to be fictional splinters of the Doctor…it’s complicated if you didn’t hear the story. This time it sounds like it will be a proper Doctors team-up. We are working on wrangling some more details from our favorite audio drama company. Stay tuned!

Big Finish Productions Discovers More ‘Doctor Who Lost Stories’

Just as the first Doctor Who “Lost Story” is about to be released, Big Finish Productions has announced that they will be producing further un-produced stories in 2010. “Lost Stories” Series 1 consists of episodes commissioned or planned for the original season 23 back in the mid-1980’s. Those stories were scrapped in favor of the “Trial of a Time-Lord” linked season. Other than a novelizations of a couple of scripts, most of these stories have been only sporadically talked about until now. Below are the details of the second series of “Lost Stories”, which now expand to the planned-for Season 27 (the show went into hiatus after Season 26) and also some first and second Doctor stories. Stay tuned to Pop Culture Zoo for more on these audio plays including a review of the first “Lost Story”, Graham Williams’ “The Nightmare Fair.”

Big Finish can now reveal that it will be releasing a further series of Lost Stories – audio versions of scripts that were intended, but never produced, for television. The original run of eight lost Colin Baker stories begins this month, with “The Nightmare Fair”, which is set in Blackpool and features David Bailie (Robots of Death) as The Celestial Toymaker.

For a limited period only the second series of Lost Stories will be available at a special discounted price only from www.bigfinish.com.

The first release is a four-disc box set titled The Hartnell Years, which will feature two unmade stories by Moris Farhi: “Farewell Great Macedon” (a six-part historical tale featuring Alexander the Great) and “The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance” (a one-part science fiction story set on an alien world).

“Sadly both William Hartnell and Jacqueline Hill passed away some time ago,” comments Richardson, “so we never considered making the production with a full cast. Instead Moris Farhi’s original scripts have been adapted as an enhanced audiobook, which will be performed by William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, with a guest actor portraying Alexander the Great.”

This production will be recorded over four days at the start of December, and is scheduled for release in November 2010.

Next up is another four-disc box set The Troughton Years, the centerpiece of which will be “Prison in Space”, performed by Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury, with Susan Brown (Torchwood) guest starring as the villainous Chairman Babs. The adaptation is by Simon Guerrier, working from Dick Sharples’s original scripts that were written in 1968. It is scheduled for release in December 2010.

“There’s also a very exciting bonus story in this box set,” adds Richardson. “Big Finish has been granted the rights by the estate of Terry Nation to produce an audio version of the unmade US TV Dalek pilot, The Destroyers. This adaptation will be a full cast drama, starring Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Daleks.”

Moving forward two decades, the remaining productions are drawn from what would have been Doctor Who’s twenty-seventh season in 1990.

Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989,” says Richardson, “but the production team already had plans for the following year. It’s been my pleasure to collaborate with script editor Andrew Cartmel, who is rebooting those original storylines together with the writers who had been pencilled in for the season. Script writing is underway – in fact, the second story is nearly finished – and we hope to record these in the early months of 2010.”

The season also introduces a brand new Doctor Who companion – the young, sophisticated safecracker Raine.

“We’ll probably start recording these stories in January 2010,” reveals the producer, “but I can reveal that the role of Raine has already been cast. More news on that, and the story details, will be revealed in the New Year.”

Richardson reveals that ‘Season 27’ actually came together very quickly.

“It seemed like it was meant to be. I was at the Regenerations convention in Swansea, and Sylvester McCoy came over and suggested that Big Finish should make his Lost Stories. Sophie Aldred was in the next room, so I texted her on my mobile, she joined us and committed to the idea instantly. Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery was there and gave the green light, I contacted Andrew Cartmel on Facebook and he said yes, and a representative from the BBC was in Swansea too, and gave us the go-ahead instantly. The whole project came together in about two hours!”

‘Doctor Who’ SDCC 2009 Exclusives Accidentally Announced

A couple of days ago Forbidden Planet announced a new wave of classic Doctor Who from Character Options/Underground Toys that are pretty spectacular. It turns out that the British retailer has accidentally spilled the beans on this year’s exclusive figures that will be available at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The pictures are below and I’ve already decided I must have them. The fact that they are releasing both Black & White and Color versions of the first two Doctors is way beyond cool. The sixth Doctor will be sporting the blue outfit that has been described in numerous novels and Big Finish audio plays, but never seen on screen. I believe that now only leaves the third, seventh and eighth Doctors that do not have figures yet. I really need a complete set of figures for all eleven Doctors and soon. Less than six months to go until SDCC 2009, start saving your spending money now!