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Guardian Big Finish Feature

The recent announcement by Big Finish of a revamp to their service which includes downloads of the audio material they produce has been picked up by the national press, with The Guardian evidently hungry for Doctor Who related news.

That’s right – now the whole world cannot escape the fact that Big Finish Productions have been producing Doctor Who audio dramas on CD for the best part of a decade, featuring former Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann.

“There are several reasons we did this and one is that people are into downloads, it is the way things are going,” said the Big Finish executive producer, Nick Briggs, the man behind the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen in the TV version of Doctor Who.

“We have always done our best to keep prices low for our foreign customers,” said Jason Haigh-Ellery, a company director.

“Unfortunately though the poor exchange rate with America, Australia and other countries has made this difficult. By offering downloadable versions of our plays we can dramatically reduce the price.”

The CD versions of Big Finish’s original Doctor Who audio dramas will continue to be released at the same time as the new digital downloads which will help to keep prices down for overseas customers.

One last thing – did you know Big Finish also has the rights to produce audio dramas for sci-fi series Stargate SG-1?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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