In September 2014, Big Finish starts their exciting new range of past Doctor stories with Doctor Who: The Early Adventures and the first four tales sound so mouth wateringly good that a whole year seems just too long to wait!
The four episode tales build on the Companion Chronicle format by having the First and Second Doctor’s friends narrating the stories but the new house style for these adventures has the added bonus of full cast production values. David Richardson, the producer of the range, explained a little more about the new audio range:
Anyone who has heard our First and Second Doctor Lost Stories will be familiar with this format…except here we have pushed the format to make these productions sound as much as possible like full cast drama.
The first release is Domain of the Voord by Andrew Smith (writer of 1980 Fourth Doctor adventure Full Circle). The story pits the TARDIS crew against Terry Nation’s creations the Voord (not the Daleks, pay attention) who were last seen in the First Doctor story The Keys of Marinus (1964), on a world that is largely covered with water. William Russell and Carole Ann Ford star as Ian Chesterton and Susan Foreman. The guest cast includes Daisy Ashford (daughter of Caroline John, who played Liz Shaw) and Geoffrey Beevers, who briefly played the Master.
Next up is a purely historical story in October with The Doctor’s Tale by Marc Platt (writer of Seventh Doctor story Ghost Light from 1989). Maureen O’Brien and William Russell provide the narration and acting duties as well as Vicki and Ian. The supporting cast includes Gareth Armstrong (The Masque of Mandragora), Alice Haig and Joseph Kloska.
The third offering is The Bounty of Ceres by Ian Potter, in which the TARDIS travellers find danger in the future on a base on a dwarf planet in the Solar System. Maureen O’Brien returns as Vicki and is joined by Peter Purves as Steven Taylor. The cast goes on to include Richard Hope ( 2010’s The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood), Julia Hills (2point 4 Children) and Peter Forbes.
Last but not least, The Early Years first series ends in December 2014 with An Ordinary Life by Matt Fitton. This time around the stars are the legendary Jean Marsh and Peter Purves who will be playing Sara Kingdom and Steven Taylor. During this story the TARDIS breaks down on Earth in the 1950s, the Doctor is incapacitated and the two companions must decide whether or not to settle down and lead an ordinary life. But something else more sinister has the same idea as well…
So there you are; a whole new range of exciting adventures to look forward to from Big Finish next year. You’ll just have to wade through all of the other brilliant stuff they’ll provide before these stories before you can get to them.
It’s a hard life sometimes…
For more details on Doctor Who: The Early Adventures visit Big Finish.