Oh yes, Jack is back! I’m a bit late catching the recently released first episode of Big Finish’s new Torchwood series, and there’s a tinge of nervousness approaching it given the high standard of other ranges – can it stand by itself with a similar level of quality?
It doesn’t take long to get an answer (if the tagline next to the BF logo wasn’t telling in itself), with a cracking evolution of the Torchwood theme by Blair Mowat that feels the same kind of natural progression as a new series – which this is of course! (more…)
Well, this author at least never saw this coming…
Previously only the topic of myth and teasing references, the Time War becomes the setting for a new series from Big Finish, starring John Hurt as the War Doctor, and Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.
Following the proven format of the popular Dark Eyes boxsets, and starting this December, Big Finish have lined up four boxsets starring John Hurt as the War Doctor as introduced during the 50th anniversary. The Eighth Doctor will appear in a boxset in 2017 exploring the early days of the War prior to the events of Night of the Doctor.
The first boxset, Only the Monstrous, is out in a few short months in December 2015, followed by Infernal Devices in February and 2 more volumes currently in pre-production.
For full details and pre-orders, check out the announcement on the Big Finish website.
Big Finish’s Who range rarely disappoints. I’ll go further: more often than one has a right to expect, it downright excites.
And then, very occasionally, it goes one step further…
April 2015 saw the release of two more in BF’s novelisation adaptions, in the shape of Gareth Roberts’s Well Mannered War and Russell T Davies’s Damaged Goods. These New Adventures have been heralded on a variety of counts as something special. The Virgin New Adventure series of which they provide adaptations was something of a golden age for Who. No, hear me out. When the TV series was cancelled it was these books that kept the franchise alive as more than just a fan memory. Written by fans for fans, they were a work of love rather than commercial profit, and the fact that Virgin allowed them to be that, and apparently would have continued to do so had the Beeb not pulled the plug, is immensely to their credit. Also, since they were written by grown ups, they allowed the franchise to move into more grown-up territory – albeit without loss of the joyous childishness of the programme. (more…)
Are you intrigued by the stories that never were, like the original plans for Seasons 23 or 27? This weekend is a great time to find out more, as Big Finish have reduced all of their Lost Stories until the morning (UK time) of Monday 27th April. Check out the offer here!
Big Finish are releasing two of their novel adaptations – Gareth Roberts The Well Mannered War and Russell T (whatever happened to him?) Davies’s Damaged Goods – a full month prior to the planned May 2015 release.
Incorporating new packaging that allows for more pages of extras, and with a download-exclusive two hour edit of the fifth disc (which includes an interview with Mr Cucumber himself) this looks to be rather fun, if I may be allowed a bit of an understatement. Full details can be found on the Big Finish website.
The Rani, the morally dubious female Time Lord played by Kate O’Mara in the 1980s, is to make her first appearance with Big Finish in Doctor Who: The Rani Elite, out in December.
In her latest body the Rani is played by Siobhan Redmond, whose many leading television credits include Between the Lines, The High Life, The Smoking Room, Taggart and Holby City.
But this wasn’t always to be the case. “The Rani’s return was very much prompted by Kate,” says producer David Richardson. “Her agent contacted me and said that she would love to reprise the role with us, and when I mentioned this to executive producer Nicholas Briggs and script editor Alan Barnes they leapt at the opportunity.
After the sad passing of Kate the fate of the story was uncertain, until Kate’s agent contact Big Finish with the news that Kate had wanted them to proceed with a new incarnation of the character.
Read more on this story on the Big Finish website!