The Face of Evil

The Return of the Hinchcliffe Era!

Is this the most awesome news yet for Doctor Who fans of a certain age in 2013? Big Finish has confirmed the release in 2014 of a new boxset featuring two brand new adventures that will evoke the tone of the hugely respected Philip Hinchcliffe era!

Tom Baker and Louise Jameson in The Face of Evil

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson as the Doctor and Leela, the stories will sound and feel like the dark, gothic thrillers that underlined Hinchcliffe’s stewardship of Doctor Who from 1975-1977. Producer David Richardson recalls that he and Nick Briggs more or less snapped Hinchcliffe’s hand off!

“When we were recording series three of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, Philip asked if he could come along to the studio and observe I know that Tom Baker and Louise Jameson were thrilled to have him there, and they both enthused to him about what a great time they were having working for Big Finish. After the recording ended, Philip took me and executive producer Nicholas Briggs aside, and pitched the idea of doing a set of stories of the kind he would have hoped to have done, had he stayed on to produce the series for longer. We just said ‘yes’ instantly!”

Marc Platt has written the first story, described as “an epic six-parter set in Victorian London” – no word yet of any esteemed guest stars – while the second story is a traditional four-parter.

Says one of Doctor Who‘s most distinctive fathers:

“My aim with the box set is to create stories that feel they could belong to my second or third season They are not designed to follow on from my era, more to re-evoke it for fans who enjoyed the originals: and so the Doctor and Leela in these new stories are the same as they were then, in the glorious seventies! That’s the beauty of radio – they look and sound the same!

We. Cannot. Wait!

(Via Big Finish.)

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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