Unbelievably it is 23 years since Doctor Who was cancelled and left to find its own way through time in the form of a series of books, and later audio adventures as it was slowly rehabilitated for an eventual return to television.
Which means that it has been 20 years since 26th Century archaeologist Professor Bernice Summerfield first stepped on board the TARDIS to join the Seventh Doctor and to celebrate that fact Big Finish have united Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman for an audio drama adaptation of the Virgin New Adventures novel Love and War.
Written by Paul Cornell (Human Nature), Love and War saw Ace and the Doctor embarking on a seemingly trivial mission to the find a book on the planet Heaven – a paradise for both travelling humans and Draconian’s.
While there Ace falls for a charismatic traveller called Jan – sparking a romance that the Doctor is strenuously opposed to; What plans does the Doctor have for Ace and the mysterious object that is causing the military forces of Heaven such concern? Has the Doctor gone too far?
The only one who knows for sure is a woman who’s destiny seems inextricably linked to the Doctor’s; Bernice Summerfield.
Adapted by Jacqueline Rayner (EarthWorld), Love and War is set for release as a two disc set on 31st October 2012 for £14.99.
For fans of the New Adventures era, this heralds an exciting “one-off” special for Big Finish – but this fact won’t stop fans wondering if future adaptations could be in the pipeline…