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Doctor Who
Monthly audio releases
40. Jubilee
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
39. Bang-Bang-a-
      Boom!

    · 7th Doctor, Mel
38. The Church and the       Crown
    · 5th Doctor, Peri,
      Erimem
37. The Sandman
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
36. The Rapture
    · 7th Doctor, Ace
35. ... ish
    · 29 August, 2002
    · 6th Doctor, Peri
34. Spare Parts
    · 5th Doctor, Nyssa
33. NeverLand
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
    · With Romana II
32. The Time of the       Daleks
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
31. Embrace the
      Darkness

    · 8th Doctor, Charley
30. Seasons of Fear
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
29. The Chimes of       Midnight
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
28. Invaders from
      Mars

    · 8th Doctor, Charley
27. The One Doctor
    · 6th Doctor, Mel
26. Primeval
    · 5th Doctor, Nyssa
25. Colditz
    · 7th Doctor, Ace
24. The Eye of the       Scorpion
    · 5th Doctor, Peri
23. Project: Twilight
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
22. Bloodtide
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
21. Dust Breeding
    · 7th Doctor, Ace
20. Loups-Garoux
    · 5th Doctor,
      Turlough
19. Minuet in Hell
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
    · With the Brigadier
18. The Stones of
      Venice

    · 8th Doctor, Charley
17. Sword of Orion
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
    · Cybermen
16. Storm Warning
    · 8th Doctor, Charley
15. The Mutant Phase
    · 5th Doctor, Nyssa
14. The Holy Terror
    · 6th Doctor,
      Frobisher
13. The Shadow of the       Scourge
    · 7th Doctor, Ace,
      Benny
12. The Fires of Vulcan
    · 7th Doctor, Mel
11. The Apocalypse       Element
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
    · With Romana II
10. Winter for the
      Adept

    
· 5th Doctor, Nyssa
9. The Spectre of
     Lanyon Moor

    ·
6th Doctor, Evelyn
    · With the Brigadier
8. Red Dawn
    · 5th Doctor, Peri
7. The Genocide
     Machine

    · 7th Doctor, Ace
6. The Marian
    Conspiracy

    ·
6th Doctor, Evelyn
5. The Fearmonger
    · 7th Doctor, Ace
4. The Land of the
    Dead

    ·
5th Doctor, Nyssa
3. Whispers of Terror
    · 6th Doctor, Peri
2. Phantasmagoria
    · 5th Doctor,
      Turlough
1. The Sirens of Time
    · Doctors 5 - 7
 
Excelis
3. Excelis Decays
    · 7th Doctor
2. Excelis Rising
    · 6th Doctor
1. Excelis Dawns
    · 5th Doctor
Dalek Empire
Dalek Empire II:
Dalek War -
Chapter One
Dalek Empire
4. Project Infinity
Dalek Empire
3. 'Death to the Daleks!'
Dalek Empire
2. The Human Factor
Dalek Empire
1. Invasion of the Daleks
 
Sarah Jane
Smith
5. Mirror, Signal,     Manoeuvre
4. Ghost Town
3. Test of Nerve
2. The TAO Connection
1. Comeback
 
Specials
No Place Like Home
    · January, 2003

    · 5th Doctor, Erimem

    · Available Free only
      with Doctor Who
      Magazine #326
Doctor Who Desk Calendar 2003 - 2004
    · 15 months

    · New selection of
      CD cover artwork
Music from the Excelis Audio Adventures
Real Time
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn

    · Cybermen
Music from the Sixth Doctor Audio Adventures
Big Finish Talks Back:
The Nicholas Courtney Memoirs - A Soldier in Time
The Maltese Penguin
    · 6th Doctor,
      Frobisher
Music from the Fifth Doctor Audio Adventures
Big Finish Talks Back:
Paul McGann

    · DVD
Big Finish Talks Back:
The Eighth Doctor Authors

    · Mark Gatiss,
      Robert Shearman,
      Paul Cornell,
      Caroline Symcox,
      Nicholas Briggs,
      Justin Richards,
      Alan Barnes
Music from the Eighth Doctor Audio Adventures
    · by Alistair Lock,       Nicholas Briggs,       Russell Stone &       William Allen
The Music - Volume 3
    · by Russell Stone
Big Finish Talks Back:
The Audio Companions

    · Maggie Stables,
      India Fisher,
      Lisa Bowerman
The Music - Volume 2
    · by Alistair Lock
The John Nathan-Turner Memoirs - Vol 1 & 2
The Music - Volume 1
    · by Alistair Lock
 
Books
Short Trips 1: Zodiac
    · short story
      collection

    · edited by
      Jacqueline Rayner
The Audio Scripts
    · Hardback book
    · Collection of four
      Big Finish Doctor
      Who
sripts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who is Back...

Big Finish Productions and BBC Worldwide welcome you to the newest chapter of the Doctor Who saga -- the audio adventures of the intrepid Time Lord, his courageous companions and his trusty TARDIS -- fully licensed by the BBC, starring members of the series' original cast.

Last Update: 4 February, 2003


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The Latest News...

Doctor Who Unbound
4 February, 2003

New 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.

The 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 The Crowman.

The following stories will be: Full Fathom Five, 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.

The mini-series is being produced by John Ainsworth and Jason Haigh-Ellery, and is script-edited by Nicholas Briggs.

Geoffrey 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.

Jubilee
4 February, 2003

The 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.

Dalek War Breaks Out!
29 January, 2003

Dalek 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 the week.

Trailer & Book News
27 January, 2003

A trailer for February's Doctor Who release, Nekromanteia, can now be heard by visiting the Nekromanteia page.

The 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.

Possible Delays
25 January, 2003

Big 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.

Do You Love Judge Dredd?
25 January, 2003

The 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.

Project: Lazarus
25 January, 2003

Cast and crew details, plus a rather enigmatic story synopsis for June's Project: Lazarus can now be found on the story page.

Price Freeze Continues for 2003
14 January, 2003

Despite 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).

Also, 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!

Also 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.

New Cover Art
10 January, 2003

   

Pictured 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.

New Adventures for Benny
9 January, 2003

At 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?

All 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.

Big 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 audio adventures."

Bernice 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."

Check out the Bernice Summerfield page for further information about Benny's adventures, past, present and future!

Posy Miller
31 December 2002

Posy 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:

"It 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.

"Shortly 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!'.

"On 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 studio.

"Of her portrayal of Sister Jolene, I can't say anything other than suggesting you listen to her stunning performances in Excelis Dawns (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."

Books
31 December 2002

Both Doctor 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.

Doctor Who Calendar
20 December 2002

Big 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.

The calendar costs £9.99 (£11.50 non-UK), inclusive of postage and packing and is available to order from the Desk Calendar page.

A New Atlantis
20 December 2002

The 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.

Short Trips 1: Zodiac
20 December 2002

Pictured 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.

Nekromanteia
20 December 2002

Recording 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 Danvers.

Simon 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 Dinner Ladies.

Glyn 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 Rohm-Dutt.

Full cast and story details can now be found on the Nekromanteia page.


If you would like to review earlier news items check out the News Archive.


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Doctor Who
Monthly audio releases
41. Nekromanteia
    · February, 2003
    · 5th Doctor, Peri,
      Erimem
42. The Dark Flame
    · March, 2003

    ·
7th Doctor, Ace,
      Benny
43. Doctor Who and
      The Pirates

    · April 2003
    · 6th Doctor, Evelyn
44. Creatures of
      Beauty
    · May, 2003

    ·
5th Doctor, Nyssa
45. Project: Lazarus
    · June, 2003

    ·
6th Doctor, Evelyn,       7th Doctor
46. Flip-Flop
    · July, 2003

    ·
7th Doctor, Mel
47. Omega
    · August, 2003

    ·
5th Doctor
48. Davros
    · September, 2003

    ·
6th Doctor
49. Master
    · October, 2003

    ·
7th Doctor
50. Zagreus
    · November, 2003
51. The Wormery
    · November, 2003
   
· 6th Doctor, Iris       Wildthyme
 
Dalek Empire
Dalek Empire II:
Dalek War -
Chapter Two

    · February, 2003
Dalek Empire II:
Dalek War -
Chapter Three

    · March, 2003
Dalek Empire II:
Dalek War -
Chapter Four

    · April, 2003
 
Doctor Who
Unbound
1. Auld Mortality
    · May, 2003

    ·
Geoffrey Bayldon
      as the Doctor

    ·
with Carole Ann
      Ford as Susan
2. Full Fathom Five
    · June, 2003
3. Sympathy for the
    Devil

    · July, 2003
4. Exile
    · August, 2003
5. "He Jests at
     Scars..."

    · September, 2003
6. Deadline
    · October, 2003
 
Specials
Music from the Seventh Doctor Audio Adventures
    · April, 2003
 
Books
Short Trips 2:
Companions
    · March, 2003
    · short story
      collection

    · edited by
      Jacqueline Rayner
Short Trips 3:
A Universe of Terrors
    · June, 2003
    · short story
      collection

    · edited by
      John Binns
Short Trips 4:
The Muses
    · September, 2003
    · short story
      collection

    · edited by
      Jacqueline Rayner
 

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