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Review: Baker’s End – The King of Cats by Paul Magrs

Peevish actors are descending mournfully upon the remote English village of Happenstance for the funeral of TV legend Tom Baker. His one-time co-star Suzy Goshawk is sucked into a parochial vortex of intrigue involving the quailsome local vicar, Tom’s acidulous housekeeper Mrs Frimbly and various other fruminous scrumblebums. None of them can agree upon how Tom met his disastrous end and Suzy is starting to suspect that something murksome and swervish is going on. The snow comes down and Suzy finds herself trapped at Baker’s End for Christmas, with all the village’s creepy pensioners enslaved by a strange, dancing dragon… and a Sinister Presence lurking on the sidelines. Why are old ladies twerking their bottoms outside the post office-cum-mini-mart? Why is the vicar creeping about in the bushes in the dead of night? And why, just when all looks hopeless, does a strange, scobberlotching creature sproing into view? Who exactly is The King of Cats in his furry costume and his battered golden crown? Also, there are elderly mumblecrusts who shoot lasers out of their knockers.

beYou may think that you’ve heard almost everything that audio has to offer, that the life and times of Tom Baker are whimsically madcap.. but you’ve seemingly got a grasp on the triumvirate of the man, the myth and the legend… but you clearly haven’t had the pleasure of Baker’s End, the latest collaboration between Baker and writer Paul Magrs. Heavy on the meta and the surreal, the first episode of Baker’s End, The King of Cats is exactly what you’d expect if Tom were let loose on the world – part Alice in Wonderland, part Roald Dahl, part evidence in an insanity accusation.

Suzy Goshawk, a one-time co-star of Tom (played by the ever wonderful Katy Manning) is on the way to Happenstance, a quaint English village, for the sad occasion of the passing of Tom Baker. While nobody seems to know how exactly Tom met his end, it seems he’d been acting strangely of late, believing fans had been replaced by doppelgängers. Failing to find answers, Suzy is soon cut-off from the outside world by a snowstorm and forced to spend Christmas at the late Tom Baker’s former residence. Soon things take a surreal and sinister turn with Suzy confronted by twerking old ladies, tarot readings, sinister buskers, an odd man in a cat costume and much much more besides.

There was a danger given the subject-matter, the death of Tom Baker, the script could have become morbid, somber or even descend into bad taste, yet Paul Magrs has crafted both a symbolically moving and funny script while remaining at his most surreal, playing homage to the dark and macabre visions of Tom Baker. Gripping, yet proceeding at a gentle pace, we can’t help wishing the play had been longer, particularly with a somewhat hasty finish. Yet there are enough questions raised to whet the appetite for the second instalment and you can’t help but wonder what the minds of Baker and Magrs can possibly come up with next.

Making his grand entrance into proceedings at the halfway point, this is Tom firmly in his element, relishing the rich material offered by Paul Magrs and clearly having a whale of a time throughout, dominating (yet never overshadowing) proceedings as only Tom can do. Yet this is not a solo offering and Katy Manning is more than her co-stars equal here, playing off Baker wonderfully, her straight role acting as the perfect juxtaposition to Tom’s insanity. Susan Jameson (Mrs Wibbsey in the Nest Cottage Trilogy) meanwhile returns to familiar ground as Tom’s sinister housekeeper Mrs Frimbly. Given Tom’s delightful performance, this is very much peak Tom Baker, yet we’re never quite sure how much is “acting” and how much is Tom being Tom. It’s both amazing and incredibly worrying to believe this sort of thing might just happen to him every day.

Whimsical, macabre and delightfully bonkers, Baker’s End will not be for everyone. Full of enough Doctor Who references to please fans however, those who’d enjoy a collision between Magr’s Nest Cottage plays and Tom novel The Boy Who Kicked Pigs will find much to adore here.  A recommended release from Bafflegab Productions and a highly encouraging start to the series with the second episode, Gobbleknoll Hall, released this November.

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Big Finish Release Maker of Demons Starring Sylvester McCoy

Big Finish have released the latest in their main ongoing range, Maker of Demons starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor alongside Bonnie Langford as Mel and Sophie Aldred as Ace.

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Decades ago, the mysterious time-travelling Doctor and his cheerful companion Mel became the toast of the planet Prosper, when they brokered a peace between the native Mogera and humans from the colony ship The Duke of Milan. But when the TARDIS at last returns to Prosper, the Doctor, Mel and their associate Ace find only a warzone. The burrowing Mogera have become brutal monsters, dominated by their terrifying leader Caliban – and it’s all the Doctor’s fault!

Written by Matthew J Elliott, Maker of Demons also stars Lucy Briggs-Owen, Rachel Atkins, Ewan Goddard and Aaron Neil.

Maker of Demons will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until October 31st 2016, and on general sale after this date. The title is available now at BigFinish.com and available to preorder via the Amazon link below.

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Ranking Our Top Ten First Doctor Adventures From Big Finish

With the third series of Big Finish’s acclaimed Early Adventures range ready to launch later this month, we decided to celebrate some new/old adventures from the Big Finish team and take a look back, from amongst many excellent options, at our favourite audio adventures of William Hartnell’s First Doctor.

10: The Founding Fathers by Simon Guerrier

The TARDIS lands in Leicester Square in the summer of 1762. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki find themselves locked out of the TARDIS, only one man can possibly help them. But the American, Benjamin Franklin, has problems of his own…

As big fans and proponents of the Doctor Who historical, any audios of that nature will automatically make the list and always evoke the era well as the Doctor and his companions get themselves into another problem in Earth’s history. Meeting Benjamin Franklin, the tale comes from the pen of Simon Guerrier, who has become something of a First Doctor specialist for Big Finish. Told at a leisurely pace, The Founding Fathers tells an intelligent and likeable tale, more in the vain of The Aztecs and other more “serious” historicals than say, The Romans. With some excellent material provided for Franklin and superb characterisation with the Doctor, The Founding Fathers is a worthy first entry on our list.

Note: Founding Fathers artwork is an unofficial piece by Si Hodges


9: The Library of Alexandria by Simon Guerrier

thelibraryofalexandriacover_image_largeThe port of Alexandria, 5th Century AD. The Doctor, Ian, Susan and Barbara have taken a break from their travels, and are enjoying a few weeks in the sunshine – and the chance to appreciate the magnificent Library of Alexandria. Ian also takes the chance to enjoy friendship with the philosopher Hypatia – but things here will not last forever. The time travellers know that the library will soon be lost to history. What they are about to discover is the terrifying reason why…

Keeping the historical and Simon Guerrier theme running, The Library of Alexandria takes the existing First Doctor historical and turns it on its head by adding sci-fi elements, the true to life era much preferring the “pure” historical. Despite historical sic-fi being a staple of Doctor Who in the modern era, it feels fresh here and the production is boosted by an excellent performances from William Russell, the elder statesman of Doctor Who. With a strong and intelligent script, as is now somewhat to be expected from Guerrier, The Library of Alexandria effectively mixes the educational historical with a big budget sci-fi spectacular feel.


8: The Rocket Men by John Dorney

dwcc602_therocketmen_1417_cover_large-1The TARDIS has landed on Platform Five, a floating city in the sky of the planet Jobis, and for a time the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki get the chance to enjoy this idyllic place. And then the Rocket Men arrive, led by the sadistic Ashman. When the only other option to certain death is suicide, Ian Chesterton takes the gamble of his life…

If one Big Finish adventure could be said to have an authentic feel outside of the Lost Stories range, The Rocket Men by John Dorney might be it. Wonderfully evocative of the era in both Doctor Who and science fiction in general, The Rocket Men boasts a strong script with a A+ in characterisation, particularly with our regulars, who are as close to our television heroes as we see in the range. Lisa Bowerman gives a masterclass in direction and any audio is always boosted by her work as one of Big Finish’s prize assets. Full of personal and literary romance, William Russell once again takes the audio to new heights as reading, direction and script come together magnificently to form a very strong entry in our top ten list.


7: The Guardian of the Solar System by Simon Guerrier

dwcc0501_theguardianofthesolarsystem_1417_cover_largeSpace Security Agent Sara Kingdom is dead, her ashes strewn on the planet Kembel. But, in an old house in Ely, Sara Kingdom lives on… Now joined in the house by her confidante Robert, Sara recalls her travels in the TARDIS with the Doctor – and a particular adventure when the ship appeared to land inside a giant clock, where old men are caught in its workings… And behind this nightmare is an old enemy: Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System. Then and now, Sara’s past is catching up with her. The cogs have come full circle…

The third of four entries for Simon Guerrier on the list and the author once again show’s his mastery over the era with the final part of the Sara Kingdom trilogy which concludes events heard in Home Truths and The Drowned World, also by Guerrier. Jean Marsh once again gives a stellar performance as Sara, almost fifty years removed from her single story in the role, Jean being ably supported by Niall McGregor. With superb drama throughout, delivered once more from the direction of Lisa Bowerman, Guardians provides twists and turns aplenty. While The Guardian of the Solar System isn’t the strongest play in the trilogy, it acts a fine final segment, tying threads together successfully and concluding on a high note.


6: Home Truths by Simon Guerrier

dwcc0305_hometruths_1417_cover_largeThere’s a house across the waters at Ely where an old woman tells a strange story. About a kind of night constable called Sara Kingdom. And her friends, the Doctor and Steven. About a journey they made to a young couple’s home, and the nightmarish things that were found there. About the follies of youth and selfishness. And the terrible things even the most well-meaning of us can inflict on each other. Hear the old woman’s story. Then decide her fate.

We said in 2014:

“Sara Kingdom is something of a blank canvas for Big Finish, having only appeared in two episodes on-screen nearly 50 years ago and rarely featured in spin-off media since, the opportunity is there to craft a whole life story around the Space Security Service agent. Jean Marsh amazingly slips back into the role with ease, showing her immense talents as an actress, served well by what we might term First Doctor specialist Simon Guerrier. A unique and frightening idea, Home Truths is an atmospheric masterpiece that leaves the listener eager for more at it’s conclusion.”


5: The Time Museum by James Goss

the_time_museum_audio“This is The Chesterton Exhibition. A series of breathtakingly faithful tableaux, painstakingly detailed to the nth degree. Dedicated to the life of that most extraordinary time traveller, Ian Chesterton!”

Ian finds himself in a shrine to his own past, and on the run with a man named Pendolin. From Coal Hill School to Jobis Station, from Totter’s Yard to the Crusades, Ian’s history is unfolding. And a confrontation with a deadly enemy with a voracious appetite awaits…

We Said in 2014:

“The 50th anniversary came early in 2012 as we took a trip down (Ian’s) memory lane in a fantastically nostalgic walk through the early years of the show. Any fan of the Hartnell era or William Russell’s Ian Chesterton will adore The Time Museum, this being very much Ian’s play. William Russell is a truly magnificent reader of anything put in front of him and here he is in his element, given a brilliant script harking back to the golden era of the show, revisiting the popular topic of Ian’s relationship with Barbera. A misty eyed and affectionate tribute to one of the truly great eras in Doctor Who, essential for all fans of the show in the 1960s.”


4: Domain of the Voord by Andrew Smith

001_domain_of_the_voord_cover_largeThe Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara land on the planet Hydra, where Admiral Jonas Kaan leads a vast flotilla of ships trying to elude the vicious race that has invaded and occupied their world. But his ships are being picked off one by one, vessels and crews dragged underwater by an unseen foe. The time travellers find themselves pitched into battle against the Voord, the ruthless enemy they last encountered on the planet Marinus. As they take the fight to the very heart of the territory now controlled by the Voord the stakes get higher. First they lose the TARDIS… then they lose that which they hold most dear. And that’s only the start of their troubles. In the capital, Predora City, they will learn the truth of what it means to be a Voord. And that truth is horrifying.

We said in 2014:

“Andrew Smith has seemingly effortlessly recreated the world of 1960s Doctor Who, yet left his own mark as he delves into the backstory of Terry Nation’s lesser creation, imbuing them with a fascistic streak and delving into the races hierarchy and assimilation of other beings into an expansionist empire. Smith, alongside director Ken Bentley, has crafted a dark and meaningful play that is full of atmosphere and nods to the past. Domain of the Voord however is more than a nostalgia piece, looking backward yet finding new ground and avenues to explore on familiar territory. Should The Early Adventures continue in this vein, we are in for a treat indeed. Domain of the Voord is one of the Big Finish highlights of the year.”


3: The Masters of Luxor by Anthony Coburn, adapted by Nigel Robinson

dwls0307_themastersofluxor_1417_cover_largeThe TARDIS is drawn to a mysterious signal emanating from a seemingly dead world. Trapped within a crystalline structure, the Doctor and his friends inadvertently wake a vast army of robots that have lain dormant for many, many years. Waiting… for the Masters of Luxor. The Perfect One wants to become more than just a mockery of a man, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. But will the cost prove too great? The travellers are about to uncover a horrifying tragedy. A tragedy that threatens to engulf them all.

Possibly the most well-known “lost story” of Doctor Who‘s entire run, Anthony Coburn’s The Masters of Luxor couldn’t be more different from the author’s only televised story, An Unearthly Child. While the tale does have some inherent weaknesses, perhaps being overlong and unnecessarily padded in places, the script is highly intelligent and thought-provoking, the complex story certainly on a par with Terry Nation’s The Daleks which ultimately replaced it in the first season. A divisive script, with many fans finding it boring compared to Nation’s serial, love for The Masters of Luxor perhaps depends on individual taste. With evocative sound design however and sparkling performances from William Russell and Carole Ann Ford, to us, The Masters of Luxor is something of an underrated gem.


2: Farewell, Great Macedon by Moris Farhi, adapted by Nigel Robinson

The TARDIS materialises in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, in the year 323 BC. The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan meet Alexander the Great – but their excitement is tempered by the realization that these are the final days of Alexander’s life. As the travellers become embroiled in the tragic events, the inevitability of history unfolds around them. But can they – and should they – change it?

If there was one “lost story” that deserved to put into production, it was surely Farewell, Great Macedon, a story that could proudly have stood alongside Marco Polo during the series’ first season. A sweeping historical epic, like Marco Polo, the story takes place across months of the TARDIS traveller’s time and spans a vast distance, taking in historic locales with a painted vivid imagery. The source material, of course, puts our regulars in such authentic situations that it’s almost easy to forget you’re not listening to a genuine first season story and the performances of William Russell and Carole Ann Ford are more than equal to the task set. Comprising part of the First Doctor Box Set alongside the equally wonderful Fragile Yellow Arc of FragranceFarewell, Great Macedon is the best unproduced script from Doctor Who‘s long history and equally one of the best entries in Big Finish’s Doctor Who canon.


1: The Flames of Cadiz by Marc Platt

flames_of_cadiz_coverThe TARDIS materializes in Spain in the late sixteenth century. The country is at war with England – and the travellers find themselves on the wrong side of the battle lines. When Ian and his new friend Esteban are captured by the Inquisition, the Doctor, Susan and Barbara plan to rescue them. But these are dark days in human history. And heretics face certain death…

We said in 2014:

“The early historicals have often been heralded by fans as some of the true (and many lost) classics of the original series. Big Finish have provided many a resumption, The Glorious Revolution being a prime example, but none have truly evoked the era better than The Flames of Cadiz, our number one choice as the best Big Finish Companion Chronicle.

We’ve already commented on the undiminished quality of William Russell with Big Finish (or his Target readings). That he created the role of Ian over 50 years ago now is astounding considering how effortless his performances are in the role even today, yet in Flames of Cadiz he seems to absolutely relish the wonderfully evocative script by Marc Platt, ably joined by Carole Ann-Ford as Susan to authentically recreate an era in which Flames could easily have been broadcast.

This is vintage Hartnell.

Preferring to show history for what it is – brutal and violent, this is a far cry however from The Romans or other lighter historical, here the threat is all too real, bringing home some realities for a TARDIS crew who are enjoying the wonderful spirit of adventure a little too much. In lesser hands the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition could have been played for Pythonesque laughs, not so here as Platt shows that humanity rarely learns from its past, providing us with a strong message on intolerance. There are strong shades of The Massacre here alongside The Aztecs and even Marco Polo, perfectly recreating its desired era.

Marc Platts finest contribution to Big Finish since Spare Parts.”

All the above titles are available now from BigFinish.com, click on each individual title for more information. The Flames of Cadiz can also be purchased via the Amazon link below.

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Captain Jack Returns to Big Finish in 2017 With The Lives of Captain Jack

John Barrowman will return to the role of Captain Jack Harkness in 2017 with a new box set of audio adventures from Big Finish – The Lives of Captain Jack.

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Joined by Camille Codouri as Jackie Tyler and Russell Tovey as Alonso Frame, the set comes from the pens of James Goss and Guy Adams.

Speaking to BigFinish.com, Goss says the mini-series will feature snippets from the Captain’s long existence:

“The Lives Of Captain Jack features just four adventures from his incredibly long existence. It takes us from the year 200,101; to the Powell Estate; to the Time Agency and to an enchanted evening with Jack and Alonso Frame. John was an utter delight throughout, and the day with him and Camille may have been one of the happiest in my life.”

Synopses

1. The Year After I Died by Guy Adams

Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, Jack struggles to save humanity from its oldest enemy.

2. Wednesdays For Beginners by James Goss

Jack and Jackie Tyler must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.

3. One Enchanted Evening by James Goss

Captain Jack and Alonso Frame have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?

4. Month 25 by Guy Adams

He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.

The Lives of Captain Jack is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com and will be released in June of 2017.

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Limited Edition Chimes of Midnight Vinyl Released This Month

Big Finish have announced that their special limited vinyl edition of The Chimes of Midnight is to be released this month, being brought September 15.

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The new set contains the original episodes across six sides, with a bonus fourth disc containing a brand new documentary talking to many who were involved in the production.

“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring…

But something must be stirring. Something hidden in the shadows. Something which kills the servants of an old Edwardian mansion in the most brutal and macabre manner possible. Exactly on the chiming of the hour, every hour, as the grandfather clock ticks on towards midnight.

Trapped and afraid, the Doctor and Charley are forced to play detective to murders with no motive, where even the victims don’t stay dead. Time is running out.

And time itself might well be the killer…”

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[toggle title=”Cast”]Paul McGann (The Doctor)
India Fisher (Charley Pollard)
Louise Rolfe (Edith)
Lennox Greaves (Mr Shaughnessy)
Sue Wallace (Mrs Baddeley)
Robert Curbishley (Frederick)
Juliet Warner (Mary)[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Crew”]Written By: Robert Shearman
Directed By: Barnaby Edwards
Sound Design: Andy Hardwick @ ERS
Music: Russell Stone
Cover Art: Tom Webster[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Details”]Number of Discs: 4
Duration: 120′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-333-6
Production Code: BFPDWCD8GLP
Recorded Dates: 17 and 18 January 2001
Recorded At: Bristol
Product Format: 4-disc LP (vinyl)[/toggle]
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Strictly limited to 500 copies, The Chimes of Midnight be be released on September 15 and is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com for £79. The digital version is also still available priced £2.99, while the physical CD can be purchased via the amazon link below.

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Audio Preview: The Trouble With Drax

Synopsis

The Trouble With Drax, The Fourth Doctor Adventures 5.06. Starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward.

The cockney Time Lord Drax, whose only TV appearance was The Armageddon Factor in 1979, makes his comeback in June’s The Trouble With Drax by John Dorney. Ray Brooks takes on the role originally portrayed by Barry Jackson, while the cast also includes John Challis and Hugh Fraser.

[su_quote cite=”David Richardson” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who—the-fourth-doctor-adventures-series-5″%5DWe devised The Trouble With Drax for [original Drax actor] Barry [Jackson] but sadly he passed away before the script was even completed. We searched hard for an actor to continue his legacy, and Ray Brooks was the ideal choice – so charming, so naughty… I think people will love the new incarnation of Drax when they hear him.’[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]The Trouble With Drax[/su_label]

Altrazar. The temporal Atlantis, a place lost to time. Believed by many to be a myth, it has long been the perfect location for the rich and powerful to hide away their most dangerous secrets.

Until now.

Because the somewhat crooked, not exactly honest, wheeler-dealer cockney Time Lord known as Drax has found a map that leads to its location. And, at the behest of a manipulative businessman, he’s going to use it.

When the TARDIS is dragged out of the space-time vortex, its crew aren’t best pleased to see the Doctor’s old school friend, even less when he pressgangs them into joining a raid on the most secure safe-house in history. However with Romana and K9 held hostage, the Doctor has little choice but to agree. With Drax in tow, he heads for the planet.

Which is where the trouble starts.

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[su_label type=”info”]Details[/su_label]

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Cast” style=”fancy”]Tom Baker (The Doctor)
Lalla Ward (Romana)
John Leeson (K9/Cabot)
Ray Brooks (Drax)
John Challis (Rosser)
Hugh Fraser (Charles Kirkland/Shopkeeper)
Jane Slavin (Shopkeeper 2)
Miranda Raison (Inspector Fleur McCormick)
John Banks (Grunthar/Street-Cleaner)[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Crew” style=”fancy”]Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Jamie Robertson
Music: Jamie Robertson
Cover Art: Anthony Lamb[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Technical Details” style=”fancy”]Number of Discs: 1
Duration: 60′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-737-3
Production Code: BFPTOMCD035[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

[su_label]The Trouble With Drax is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com or via the Amazon link below. The set is released in June, exclusively from the Big Finish website, and available from other retailers from July 31st. [/su_label]

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Audio Preview: The Two Masters

Synopsis

The Two Masters, starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor

A special solo adventure for Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, in the last of three stories with a recurring villain following on from …And You Will Obey Me and Vampyre of the Mind.

[su_quote cite=”Alan Barnes” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-the-two-masters”%5DA ‘Two Masters’ storyline was something I’d been thinking about for a while, ever since Alex Macqueen’s ‘New’ Master arrived in UNIT: Dominion – putting him opposite Geoffrey Beevers’ ‘Old’ Master seemed an irresistible idea. But if Two Masters are better than one, then three Master stories are definitely better than two, heh heh heh. So I came up with a dastardly plan to put together a whole trilogy of adventures.[/su_quote]

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The future is dying. All over the universe, gaps are beginning to appear. From the space lanes terrorised by the rag-tag remnants of the once-mighty Rocket Men, to the empire of the Gorlans, stricken by a terrible civil war. Gaps in space/time, portents of the end of everything.

Only three beings might prevent it. The Doctor, a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. The Master, another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. And another Master, yet another renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey.

One Doctor. Two Masters. What could possibly go wrong?

[su_quote cite=”Jamie Anderson” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-the-two-masters”%5DIt was a pleasure to be invited to direct this long-awaited team up between two versions of Doctor Who’s most iconic villain. Alan and his writers have come up with a ‘masterplan’ which is sure to surprise fans of this classic character – in his 45th year of terrorising the universe.[/su_quote]

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Details

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Cast” style=”fancy”]Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)

Geoffrey Beevers (The Old Master)

Alex Macqueen (The New Master)

Lauren Crace (Jemima)

Russ Bain (Blore/Baron Jarvill)

Esther Hall (Tazmeena/Bauza/Mum)

James Garnon (Sebastian/Gorlan)

Neil Edmond (Sarlon/Gorlan/Time Lord)

Other parts portrayed by members of the cast.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Crew” style=”fancy”]Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Jamie Anderson
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Alan Barnes
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Martin Montague
Music: Jamie Robertson
Cover Art: Simon Holub[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Technical Details” style=”fancy”]Number of Discs: 2
Duration: 120′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-887-5
Production Code: BFPDWCD213
Recorded Dates: 8th and 9th of December, 2015
Recorded At: The Soundhouse Studios[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

[su_quote cite=”Nicholas Briggs” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-the-two-masters”%5DThis is something that our listeners have been asking us to do for absolutely ages, so we’re very happy to deliver! It’s also something that our boss, Jason Haigh-Ellery was very keen on. The idea has been a long time in the making, because we wanted to get it totally right. As is fitting, it’s slightly crazy, slightly mind-melting and massively exciting with loads of shocks, twists and turns along the way. We’re also very happy to have Jamie Anderson on board as director. He did a fantastic job of directing and producing our audio versions of his father Gerry’s creation, Terrahawks, that we gave him the opportunity to work on our Doctor Who range. He’s very quickly established a great working relationship with our Doctors and we hope he’ll be with us for many years to come.[/su_quote]

[su_label]The Two Masters is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com or via the Amazon link below. The audio is released in June. [/su_label]

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Audio Preview: UNIT – Shutdown

Synopsis

UNIT Shutdown, starring Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver

Kate Stewart and her UNIT team investigate and confront alien attacks on the planet Earth in the new 5 disc boxset.

[su_quote cite=”David Richardson” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/bfd8-unit-shutdown-coming-may-2016″%5DMatt Fitton, Andrew Smith, Ken Bentley and I have had great fun creating a fearsome new breed of monster. Fast as lightning, these alien assassins will provide a brand new mystery for UNIT to solve – and, over the course of four episodes, take the world to the brink of destruction…’[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]2.1 Power Cell by Matt Fitton[/su_label]

On the trail of missing alien technology, Kate Stewart encounters the ambitious Felicity Lyme. Who are Cerberus – and what are they doing in the London Docklands?

[su_label type=”info”]2.2 Death in Geneva by Andrew Smith[/su_label]

With Tengobushi assassins on their tail, Kate and Osgood retreat to UNIT Command in Geneva. High in the mountains, Captain Josh Carter comes face to face with the enemy…

[su_quote cite=”Ken Bentley” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/bfd8-unit-shutdown-coming-may-2016″%5DOne of the things that makes UNIT different to much of what Big Finish produce is the global nature of the storytelling.’ says Ken. ‘It’s been a great pleasure to work with a genuinely international company of actors and to help bring this exciting box set to life.[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]2.3 The Battle of the Tower by Andrew Smith[/su_label]

As London sleeps, an alien horde rises from the shadows. The Tower has been infiltrated – and UNIT must hold the line. At any cost. Lock and load…

[su_label type=”info”]2.4 Ice Station Alpha by Matt Fitton[/su_label]

Caught between human greed and an unstoppable alien power, Kate Stewart leads her forces on one last mission to the Antarctic. It’s UNIT against the world….

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Details

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Cast” style=”fancy”]Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)

Ingrid Oliver (Osgood)

Warren Brown (Sam Bishop)

James Joyce (Captain Josh Carter)

Alice Krige (Felicity Lime)

Asif Khan (Jay Roy)

Tyrone Huggins (Dr Kenton Eastwood)

Nigel Carrington (Sir Peter Latcham)

Beth Chalmers (Anna/Radio Announcer/Quizmaster)

Harry Ditson(General Grant Avery)

Dan Li (Dokan/Alien Leader)

Akira Koieyama(Chiso/Tengobushi Assassins)

Stephen Billington (Commander Bergam)

Jot Davies (Sebastien/Majoy Disanto)

Other parts portrayed by the cast.[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Crew” style=”fancy”]Written By: Matt Fitton, Andrew Smith
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: Ken Bentley, Matt Fitton
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: Howard Carter
Music: Howard Carter
Cover Art: Tom Webster[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Technical Details” style=”fancy”]Number of Discs: 5
Duration: 300′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-614-7
Production Code: BFPUNS02[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

[su_label]UNIT Shutdown is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com or via the Amazon link below. The set is released in June, exclusively from the Big Finish website, and available from other retailers from August 31st. [/su_label]

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Audio Preview: The Second Doctor, Volume One

Synopsis

The Companion Chronicles: The Second Doctor Volume 1
The Companion Chronicles: The Second Doctor Volume 1

A new four-disc release featuring four tales from figures associated with the Second Doctor era, and a second actor.

[su_quote cite=”Ian Atkins” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-the-second-doctor-companion-chronicles—cover-revealed”%5DDeborah and Frazer were superb in studio, and it’s been a thrill to be able to listen to such a classic period of Doctor Who being revisited. There’s such a fondness for that era with the actors: it’s very hard to describe getting them into studio as work![/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]10.1 The Mouthless Dead by John Pritchard[/su_label]

The TARDIS arrives in 1920s England, the Doctor, Jamie, Ben and Polly finding themselves in a wintry dusk beside a railway line. The station nearby appears deserted, but there are figures watching from the shadows, all of them waiting for a dead man’s train…

[su_label type=”info”]10.2 The Story of Extinction by Ian Atkins[/su_label]

Civilisations rise and fall – and few planets have seen this happen more often than Amyrndaa. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria join a survey team to find out why on the planet where everything is suited to creating life, nothing lives for long…

[su_quote cite=”Ian Atkins” url=”https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/doctor-who-the-second-doctor-companion-chronicles—cover-revealed”%5DAs with all the stories in this set, it looks at a significant aspect of Jamie’s time with the Doctor and in this case what it’s like to be thrown together with someone of your own age, and how you think of each other. All the while finding yourselves on a idyllic planet where nothing lives for long…[/su_quote]

[su_label type=”info”]10.3 The Integral by David Bartlett[/su_label]

When tempers fray in the TARDIS, the Doctor struggles to help Jamie and Zoe resolve their differences. Arriving at Aspen Base proves a welcome distraction; but the isolated facility is under siege. Can Jamie’s belief in right and wrong withstand the perspective changing power of the Integral?

[su_label type=”info”]10.4 The Edge by Rob Nisbet[/su_label]

The Edge is the galaxy’s scientific hub of experimentation, theoretical breakthroughs and invention – just the sort of place to interest the Doctor and Zoe. However, a secret lies hidden in The Edge laboratories. Jamie instinctively knows that something is wrong, and it doesn’t take long for him to be proved right….

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Details

[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Cast” style=”fancy”]Frazer Hines (Jamie)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Deborah Watling (Victoria)
Wendy Padbury (Zoe)
Elliot Chapman (Ben)
Robert Whitelock (Curtis)[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Crew” style=”fancy”]Written By: John Pritchard, Ian Atkins, David Bartlett, Rob Lisbet
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Producer: Ian Atkins
Script Editor: Jacqueline Rayner
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Sound Design: James Callaghan, Richard Fox & Lauren Yason
Music: Benji Clifford
Cover Art: Simon Holub[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Technical Details” style=”fancy”]Number of Discs: 4
Duration: 240′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-014-4
Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-78575-015-1
Production Code: BFPDWCC100
Recorded Dates: 27th October, 16th December 2015, 7th January, 23rd January, 11th March 2016
Recorded At: Audio Sorcery, The Moat Studios[/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

[su_label]The Second Doctor, Volume 01 is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com or via the Amazon link below. The set is released in June, exclusively from the Big Finish website, and available from other retailers from July 31st. [/su_label]

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February Preview: Aquitaine from Big Finish

Aquitaine

Synopsis

Today should be much like every other day for Hargreaves, the computer consciousness that co-ordinates daily life aboard the spaceship Aquitaine, stationed on the outer fringes of a black hole. Water the plants, run the diagnostics, cook the Captain’s breakfast; then tidy the plates away, rotate the ship, clean the windows of the observation deck. When at last the day’s work is done, Hargreaves will dim the lights in the sleeping quarters. But no-one will sleep aboard the Aquitaine tonight. Because the Aquitaine’s crew is missing.

But today will be different. Today, a space/time ship called the TARDIS will materialise in the botanical section, bringing the Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan aboard the Aquitaine. Together, they’ll seek to discover the truth of what happened to Hargreaves’ crew…

… if only the ghosts will let them.

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Cast

Peter Davison (The Doctor)
Sarah Sutton (Nyssa)
Janet Fielding (Tegan)
Matthew Cottle (Hargreaves)
Harry Myers (Dr Sergei Akunin)
Nina Sosanya (Captain Anna Maynard)
Gerald Kyd (Lt Maurizio Savinio)
Danusia Samal (Lt Freya Jennings)

Crew

Written By: Simon Barnard & Paul Morris
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Sound Design: Andy Hardwick
Music: Andy Hardwick
Cover Art: Anthony Lamb

Details

Number of Discs: 2
Duration: 120′ approx
Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-78178-879-0
Production Code: BFPDWCD209
Recorded Dates: 29th and 30th June, 2015
Recorded At: The Moat Studios

Trailer

Aquitaine is available to preorder now from BigFinish.com