Recording on Series Four of Iris Wildthyme came to an end last week and writer, editor and producer Cavan Scott was in and amongst cast as Iris got to meet Ace, Axos and a load of Doctor Who stars as cast and crew gathered to record the upcoming episodes.
The series features three stories, Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme? by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, Iris at the Oche by Mark Wright and A Lift In Time by David Bryer.
Joining Iris (Katy Manning) and Panda (David Benson) for Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme? are two new companions, Alex (David Ames, Nathan from Planet of the Dead) a bit of a rough diamond, a charmer in the Alfie tradition and the new apple in Iris’s eye and Amanda (Ayesha Antoine, who played Dee Dee in Midnight), Panda’s new ghostwriter.
Written by Scott and co-writer Mark Wright Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme? was directed by Gary Russell, who first cast Katy and David was back in the mists of Big Finish time. But even Gary was powerless against rules and regulations when he to stop proceedings for a fire drill.
The next day saw Katy reunited with Bernard Holley who appeared with her in the 1971 Doctor Who classic, The Claws of Axos.
In Iris at the Oche, Bernard plays Ted, an ordinary man who finds himself in an extraordinary scrape as an entire race of extra-terrestrial bovines decide he must die. But why?
Giving a “moooving” performance as vicious space cow Lady Bow’n is none other than Ace herself, Sophie Aldred.
The cast was completed by Charlie Ross playing Martin ‘The King’ King, a darts player from Glasgow and Paul Jones (known as PJ to his friends) as, well, everyone else – including the bullish Bovians.
The completed stories will appear in the Iris Wildthyme series four box set from Big Finish in August which is available to pre-order now for £25.00 from Big Finish. Meanwhile you can see a host of cast snaps at writer Cavan Scott’s website.
If you pre-order you even get a free Iris Wildthyme ebook featuring short stories by Iris creator Paul Magrs, Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, Stuart Douglas and Ian Potter.
(Thanks to Cavan Scott)