Murdering Blake aside Big Finish have announced a brand new Fifth Doctor adventure – The Emerald Tiger – the first story in a new mini – series of adventures featuring Peter Davison alongside Sarah Sutton, Janet Fielding and Mark Strickson.
Written and directed by Barnaby Edwards the story is set in India in 1926 and concerns the hunt for the fabled Emerald Tiger – which takes the Doctor and his companions from Calcutta to a lost valley in the heart of an unexplored jungle.
Sound too much like a heady mixture of pulp and nostalgia? Don’t worry as Edwards had intended to excite your inner ten year-old:
“It’s a frothy mix of all the things that used to excite me as a kid. From Tarzan to The Jungle Book, by way of The Lost World, King Soloman’s Mines and The First Great Train Robbery. Literary types may care to draw up a checklist of little references!”
Joining the cast will be Cherie Lunghi (Casualty, New Tricks, those Kenco ads), playing the brittle and beautiful Lady Adela – a part written with her in mind:
“Her husky, experienced, and emotional voice seemed to fit the part perfectly. Of course, I didn’t think I’d get her, but I spoke to her agent on the off – chance. Cherie read the script and, much to my delight, said yes!”
Bolstering out this Indian escapade will be Sam Dastor (who has played Ghandi not once, but twice on screen in The Last Viceroy and Jinnah) Neil Stacey (Duty Free), Vincent Rishi (Smith and Jones), Trevor Cooper (Revelation of the Daleks) and Gwilym Lee (Land Girls)
The Emerald Tiger is released April 2012 and is available for pre-order for £14.99 from www.bigfinish.com.