Monday, 26 October 2015
BIG FINISH + NEW WHO LICENCE = TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES!
It’s here my fellow audio aficionados! The moment we’ve all been waiting. The moment Big Finish announces their plans to incorporate Doctors from the new series into their range.
While this might not sound like new news seeing as there is already a lot of New Who titles like The Diary of River Song, UNIT: The New Series, Torchwood, The War Doctor, The Churchill Years (which do feature Doctors 9-11) and the Time War prequel set for 2017, but earlier, Big Finish announced that they will finally be doing full cast (let’s say that again) FULL CAST audio dramas with the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant and Donna Noble, played by Catherine Tate.
Tennant was last seen in his full glory in The Day of the Doctor, but last week’s episode featured a flashback with him and Donna from The Fires of Pompeii:
Announcement from Big Finish:
“David Tennant portrayed the Doctor on screen from 2005 until 1 January 2010, returning to play alongside Matt Smith and John Hurt in the 50th Anniversary special The Day of the Doctor in 2013. Catherine Tate made her debut as Donna in December 2006, and after a series and two festive specials she made her last appearance alongside David on 1 January 2010. Their on-screen partnership is generally regarded as one of the great high-points of the enduring science fiction phenomenon.
'I still remember the sense of joy I had when I heard that David had been asked to play the Doctor,' says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. 'We were all so pleased for him — as we knew how much Doctor Who meant to him. And now David comes full circle, back doing Doctor Who with Big Finish — except that this time he’s playing the Doctor! It’s the same but different — it’s wonderful to have him back!'
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released in May 2016 and comprises three thrilling full cast audio adventures.
The series opens with Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Technophobia by Matt Fitton, which is set in a London slightly in the future, where mankind is gradually losing its ability to use everyday technology. Could there be an evil force at work?
In Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Time Reaver by Jenny T Colgan the Doctor and Donna arrive on Calibris - ‘An entirely mechanical planet. Catch, hitch, fuel, fix, buy, pretty much any kind of transportation in existence.’ It’s also a world full of scoundrels, where a deadly black market has opened up in a device known only as the Time Reaver.
Finally, in Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen by James Goss, Donna is swept along in a fairytale romance and meets the man of her dreams in the beautiful land of Goritania. What can possibly go wrong? And why has the Doctor never heard of Goritania?
'I’ve enjoyed working with all the Doctors on TV, but David is on the only one I’d known before he became the Doctor,' says executive producer Nicholas Briggs. 'I’d worked with him on our Dalek Empire series for Big Finish and had such fun. So along with the excitement of directing new Tenth Doctor adventures, I’m so happy to be working with an old chum again.'
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures is produced by David Richardson, script edited by Matt Fitton and James Goss and directed by Nicholas Briggs.
'This is one of those dream projects where I’ve spent months pinching myself. I’m covered in bruises,’ says David. ‘With two major international stars in place, and the legacy of this era of the TV show to live up to, we’ve worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares... and some tears too.'
Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures will be released in May 2016 - exclusively on the Big Finish website. Each of the three titles are available to pre-order separately today for just £10.99 on CD or £8.99 to download."
And there you have it! Tell, me: Are you ready? Can you feel your wallet melting? Get ready to sell the other kidney because it doesn’t look like Big Finish is going to stop anytime soon. They just keep outdoing themselves every announcement. What can top something like this? Doctors 4-8, War, 10 and 11 in one story featuring three Masters (Geoffrey, MacQueen and Simm)?
I can’t wait to hear what direction Big finish chooses to take the Tenth Doctor into. So many stories, so little money…
Time will tell.