Big Finish Lost Season Revealed

Following the big reveal in Doctor Who Magazine as to which stories from the planned but cancelled Season 23 of Doctor Who (originally planned for 1985), Digital Spy have spoken to some of the main players – Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Big Finish producer David Richardson.

It is one of those pieces that we can only really give a flavour of – there really is so much to it, from Colin believing he has done more Doctor Who stories (BBC+Big Finish) than any other actor to David Richardson revealing the enthusiasm of both BBC Wales’ Doctor Who production team and BBC Audiobooks.

With all but the fifth story confirmed, the time finally hear the long lost Season 23 as it might have looked will eventually be on us later this year.

  1. The Nightmare Fair by Graham Williams (photo on the right shows Colin Baker, Nicola Bryantand David Baillie)
  2. Mission To Magnus by Philip Martin
  3. Leviathan by Brian Finch
  4. The Hollows Of Time by Christopher Bidmead
  5. TBA
  6. Point Of Entry by Barbara Clegg
  7. Paradise 5 by PJ Hammond
  8. The Space Whale by Pat Mills

I’m particularly excited by a lot of this, but The Space Whale is something that has stuck with me since a feature in DWM… so many years ago.

There is one disappointment among all of this however – nothing from the late Robert Holmes.  David Richardson:

“I know a lot of people wanted us to make ‘Yellow Fever (And How To Cure It)’, but all that existed was just an outline for the first episode… I think had we gone ahead and made it, it would have been something entirely different to what Robert Holmes had envisaged, so to me there was no point in doing it. I know that’s going to be unpopular but I stand by it.”

Success with “Season 22b” would possibly also give us an idea of Season 26b – the planned fourth series of Seventh Doctor stories starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, although presumably without the planned regeneration…

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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