Doctor Who News The Face of Evil

Published on June 27th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

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.)


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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+.

8 Responses to The Return of the Hinchcliffe Era!

  1. avatar gwylock1 says:

    :D :D :D :D :D

  2. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:


  3. avatar vortexter says:

    If Marc Platt is writing and Hinchcliffe is overseeing, then this will be something special.

  4. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Hinchcliffe’s era was definitely one of the best. Definitely looking forward to this.

  5. avatar Francis Cave says:

    I would be interested to know how much Hinchcliffe is actually involved in these releases apart from having the initial idea, which in my mind is slightly bizarre in itself as surely some of the 4th Dr/Leela releaseas have already evoked his era?

  6. avatar Guy Grist says:

    Brilliant cannot wait.

  7. avatar authorman94 says:

    Awesome news! The Hinchcliffe era is the one of the finest era’s in Doctor Who history, and Marc Platt is an incredible writer who has written great stuff for Who, “Ghost Light”, “Spare Parts” and even the recent “An Earthly Child” special for Big Finish, so this is a team-up I’m eagerly anticipating!

  8. avatar Leo says:

    Better than anything thus announced for 50th….I say ‘thus announced’ so I am not suggesting 50th is or will be a let down.

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