Last week, we alluded (in jest) to the return of Pip and Jane Baker to the Doctor Who fold in a news item concerning the husband and wife comic book writing team, John Reppion and Leah Moore.
It seems we may have spoke too soon – Pip and Jane could well be back, along with every other script for the abandoned Season 23 of televised Doctor Who, thanks to Big Finish.
Before the eventual Season 23 – known as The Trial of a Time Lord – Doctor Who was cancelled, going off air for 18 months so that the BBC could throw money at new soaps EastEnders and Howard’s Way.
The original Season 23 comprised of The Nightmare Fair by former producer Graham Williams, in which the Sixth Doctor and Peri happened across the Celestial Toymaker in Blackpool. For a long time regarded as nothing more than an oddity (a TARGET novelisation exists of the story that was never filmed) the adventure is now set to be recorded – possibly alongside husband and wife crime-writing duo Pip and Jane Baker’s Gallifrey.
Doctor Who: The Lost Stories will launch in January 2010 and star Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. Producing the project is David Richardson:
"Some of them – like The Nightmare Fair by Graham Williams and Mission to Magnus by Philip Martin – were novelised. Others, however, have remained locked away in their respective writers lofts for well over 20 years. It’s taken a lot of (very enjoyable) detective work, but I’ve managed to source seven unmade adventures that will now finally come brilliantly to life on audio.
“When I phoned Colin Baker to propose the idea he couldn’t have been more delighted. In fact, he’d actually planned to suggest the very same thing to me a couple of weeks beforehand during the recording of The Raincloud Man, but had just been distracted by the day’s work.
“The writers too responded enthusiastically, without exception. Many of them said that these scripts represented unfinished business, and this was a welcome chance to finally air them to an audience of Doctor Who fans.”
Of course, there’s no reason to imagine that Pip and Jane Baker’s original Season 23 story will be included – the full list of stories to be adapted for Big Finish will be announced in DWM later in the year.