Doctors in new situations. Doctor Who Unbound is
a new mini-series of single CD stand-alone plays that are thematically
linked by the question 'What if...?'. In each play the Doctor
will be portrayed by an actor completely new to the role. The
team of six writers have been presented with a blank canvas and
invited to write a story that will diverge dramatically from Doctor
Who as we know it. This divergence may manifest itself as
an intriguing twist on established Doctor Who continuity
or as a stylistic change in the mood of the story or even in the
way that it is told.
mini-series will be launched with the release in May of Auld
Mortality by Marc Platt. Posed with the question -
What if... the Doctor and Susan had never left Gallifrey?
Marc has written a slightly surreal, melancholic tale of what
might have been that draws on some of the concepts and characters
that were present in his novel Lungbarrow. Carole Anne
Ford returns, appropriately enough in this fortieth anniversary
year, to the role of Susan, and Geoffrey Bayldon - often touted
over the years as the ideal actor to play the Doctor - finally
gets his chance to portray the Time Lord. Bayldon, of course,
previously appeared in Doctor Who, opposite Tom Baker's
Doctor, as the delightful Organon (pictured here) in The Creature
from the Pit. He is perhaps most well know for his role in
the early Seventies as Catweazle from the series of the same name
and later starred opposite Jon Pertwee in Worzel Gummidge as
following stories will be: Full
by David Bishop; Sympathy for the Devil,
by Jonathan Clements; Exile
by Nicholas Briggs, "He Jests at
Scars..." by Gary Russell and Deadline
by Robert Shearman.
mini-series is being produced by John Ainsworth and Jason Haigh-Ellery,
and is script-edited by Nicholas Briggs.
Bayldon is the only confirmed actor cast as the Doctor to date
but Big Finish are currently in discussion with other actors
(and actresses) regarding the role. Further information about
the stories and casting will follow shortly.
much anticipated Sixth Doctor adventure, Jubilee
by Robert Shearman and featuring the Daleks has now been released.
All pre-orders and subscriptions have been sent out.
War Breaks Out!
Empire II: Dalek War - Chapter One
has just been delivered to the Big Finish offices and
it will be sent out to shops and pre-order customers as soon as
possible. Doctor Who - Jubilee
is expected to be delivered to Big Finish by the end of
& Book News
trailer for February's Doctor Who release, Nekromanteia,
can now be heard by visiting the Nekromanteia
hardcover Doctor Who short story collection, Short Trips
3, now has the title A Universe of
Terrors and will be edited by John Binns and not, as
previously published, Jacqueline Rayner. However, Ms Rayner will
return as editor with Short Trips 4: The
Muses, to be released in September.
Finish regret to announce that we have have just been informed
that both Jubilee and Dalek
Empire II: Dalek War - Chapter One
may not be released before the end of January as announced.
Unfortunately this is problem completely beyond the control of
Big Finish. Although the CD masters were delivered for
pressing well before deadline, the pressing (which takes place
in Eastern Europe) has been held up.
Big Finish will, of course, do everything it can to ensure
that subscriptions, pre-orders and shop orders are sent out before
the end of the month, but at this stage we can make no guarantees.
Big Finish can only apologise for this rather disappointing
start to the 40th Anniversary year.
You Love Judge Dredd?
latest 2000 AD 'Audio Prog' - I
Love Judge Dredd,
in which Joe Dredd finds himself the very reluctant subject of
a celebratory TV show
- has now been released and all pre-orders and
subscription copies have been sent out. Check out the 2000
AD section for more details.
and crew details, plus a rather enigmatic story synopsis for June's
Project: Lazarus can now
be found on the story page.
Freeze Continues for 2003
rumours to the contrary, Big Finish can confirm that for
the fifth consecutive year, there will be no price increases
for 2003. Double CD Doctor Who releases will remain at
£13.99 (£15.50 non-UK) and single CD productions will
continue to be sold at £9.99 (£11.50 non-UK).
just another reminder that the 40th
anniversary story, Zagreus,
which will be released in November 2003 will be included
in the subscription offers. What's more, this triple release which
will cost £15.99 (£17.50 non-UK) as an individual
purchase, will be priced as a normal double-CD in the subscription
offers, giving you an even greater saving!
included in subscriptions will be The
Wormery, the second release in November 2003. This
recently recorded adventure features Colin Baker as the Sixth
Doctor with Iris Wildthyme, played once again by Katy Manning.
above is Lee Binding's cover art for the forthcoming Doctor
Who adventure, Nekromanteia
and for Clayton Hickman's wonderfully retro cover for Chapter
One of Dalek Empire II: Dalek War.
Adventures for Benny
the climax to David Bailey's Professor
Bernice Summerfield and the Poison Seas adventure,
due out in August 2003, Bernice will receive a curiously worded
summons to head back to The Braxiatel Collection. Is something
wrong? Has something happened to her baby, Peter? Has Brax discovered
some new amazing artefact? Have Adrian Wall and Jason Kane come
to blows over the nappy-changing rota? Or have Ms Jones, the fearsome
administrator and Mister Crofton the equally fearsome gardener
arranged nuptials? Or is it something far more sinister, far further
reaching than that? Has something that Benny thought was over
and done with come back to haunt her? Or, as seems likely, has
war finally come to her doorstep?
will be revealed in September's brand-new hardback book - a short-story
anthology entitled Life During
Wartime, to be compiled and edited by Paul Cornell,
which apart from changing the direction of Big Finish's
audio and book range, will also act as an excellent jumping-on
point for newcomers or old-hands who have fallen away. And whilst
the stories in the collection will form a handy stand-alone tome,
some of the threads started in it will weave into December's Bernice
audio release, The Axis of Evil,
also by Paul Cornell.
Finish producer Gary Russell said: "I'm overjoyed that we
are seeing Benny and her co-stars (two-legged, four-legged and
furry and, of course, robotic) branching out into a new and exciting,
and quite dark and dangerous, period. That said, Benny will still
retain her wits, her charm and her waspish humour despite all
that Paul and his writers put her up against. It's also exciting
for Big Finish as it proves that the short-story format
Paul set up in last year's A
Life of Surprises hardcover has worked, and we're keeping
our fingers crossed that further collections and complete novels
may turn up in the not too distant future to compliment the on-going
Summerfield celebrated her 10th anniversary in 2002, and creator
Paul Cornell is overjoyed to be back, shaping her future. He said:
"I'm pleased to be taking Bernice into dangerous new territory.
The new stories will be very character based, and show Bernice
and her supporting cast under tremendous pressure."
out the Bernice
Summerfield page for further information about Benny's
adventures, past, present and future!
Miller, the young actress who played the apparently sweet but
really quite malevolent Sister Jolene in 2002's Excelis
quadripartite, died suddenly from cancer, on Christmas Eve this
year. Excelis Dawns director
Gary Russell remembers her:
was Jason Haigh-Ellery who actually discovered Posy Miller, during
one of his regular traipses around the fringe theatre scene. As
usual, he gave me her CV and told me she was good. The fact that
she was also a good friend of the lovely Jonathan Clarkson, who
I'd directed in The Fearmonger,
was a plus point. Jonathan knew the kind of actors we liked to
work with, so his recommendation was a good one.
afterwards, myself Jason and Nick Briggs held a series of auditions
in a draughty London rehearsal room and I met Posy there. Her
warmth and cheerful, no-nonsense attitude was a tonic. I remember
she was the last person we saw before lunch but none of us were
in a hurry to dash off after meeting her. I've just checked my
notes for that day 'perfect Sister Jolene,' I'd written. 'And
as far from being a quiet nun as possible!'.
the day in studio, in November 2001 I recall that Posy arrived
in a long multicoloured scarf, claiming she wanted to be like
Tom Baker (Peter Davison raised an eyebrow at this, of course)
and sharing around its warmth during the day. I recall her generously
wrapping Patricia Leventon up in it at one point as we wandered
across the cold and windy road to lunch in the cafe opposite the
her portrayal of Sister Jolene, I can't say anything other than
suggesting you listen to her stunning performances in Excelis
(and her tiny cameo in The Plague Herds
of Excelis, too). A marvellous young lady, a terrific
young actress and a fun member of the Big Finish 'family'.
Our heartfelt sorrow goes out to her many friends, her family
and her partner, Kane, at this time."
Who - Short Trips 1: Zodiac and Doctor
Who - The Audio Scripts have been published
and are available to order from their individual pages. Pre-orders
have been dispatched.
Finish have now released a limited edition of one thousand
Doctor Who desk calendars. The calendar is good for fifteen
months from January 2003 through to March 2004 and features a
selection of artwork from the ever-popular Big Finish Doctor
Who CD covers.
calendar costs £9.99 (£11.50 non-UK), inclusive of
postage and packing and is available to order from the Desk
latest Tomorrow People audio drama, A
New Atlantis by Nigel Fairs, has now been released
The Tomorrow People - A New Atlantis costs £9.99 (£11.50
non-UK), inclusive of postage and packing, and is available to
order from the Tomorrow
People section. All pre-orders have been sent out and
should now have been received.
Trips 1: Zodiac
here is the cover for the forthcoming Short Trips hardback
book collection of Doctor Who short stories, entitled Zodiac.
For full size image check out the Short
Trips 1: Zodiac page where you can also place an
advance order for the book which costs £14.99 (£16.50
non-UK), inclusive of postage and packing.
of the forthcoming Doctor Who adventure, Nekromanteia,
by Austen Atkinson, took place over the last couple of days. The
regular cast of Peter Davison, Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris
were joined by guest-stars Simon Williams, Glyn Owen and Ivor
Williams has of course previously appeared as Group Captain Gilmore
with Sylvester McCoy's Doctor in the 1988 adventure, Remembrance
of the Daleks. He is perhaps most well know for his portrayal
of James Bellamy in Upstairs, Downstairs and also starred
with Maureen Lipman in the sitcom Agony and recently made
a memorable guest appearance in an episode of Victoria Wood's
Owen and Ivor Danvers both starred in the long-running Howard's
Way in the Eighties. Before that though, Glyn appeared with
Tom Baker's Doctor in The Power of Kroll as the gunrunner
cast and story details can now be found on the Nekromanteia
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