An exciting development to report for all fans of Whovian audio stories – The Minister of Chance is now on sale on iTunes, and more surprisingly, it’s apparently the first audio drama to be sold (i.e. not free) via Apple’s music sales empire.
I know! Mad, right?
Apple’s system has never been very audio-drama-friendly, but apparently the folks at iTunes were so impressed with the download traffic of the free prologue available through the service and the quality of the production in general that they approached Clare Eden and the production team about putting the series up for sale in their store. What’s more, the already-low price of £1.49 has been slashed to just £1.29 ($1.99 for all y’all Americans reading this) per episode!
For those of you who may have forgotten, the character of the Minister of Chance is a Time Lord who originally appeared in Seventh Doctor webcast Death Comes to Time, portrayed by Stephen Fry. Now regenerated into Julian Wadham, the Minister is back in his own spinoff audio series that also features Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in roles that aren’t the Doctor.
The series is entirely fan-funded, which means it simply won’t survive if people aren’t buying it. You can listen to the 9-minute prologue entitled The Pointed Hand and get a feel for the series for free on iTunes or at the Minister of Chance website, both of which have Episode One, The Broken World, and Episode Two, The Forest Shakes, available for purchase as well.