This year is another biggie in the world of Doctor Who – Big Finish, those fine purveyors of audio adventures of our favourite Time Lord and his ever expanding collection of allies, are celebrating their 15th anniversary and they are putting together something rather special to mark the occasion.
The Worlds of Doctor Who is set to be a spectacular five disc set, packaged up in the same way as the special edition of 50th anniversary tale Light at the End in a swish slipcase with a book of behind the scenes pictures and interviews.
The story itself will be set across four individual tales and will bring together more of the Doctor’s associates than ever before, including the always entertaining Jago and Lightfoot, the Counter-Measures team, UNIT in the form of Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) and stars of the Companion Chronicles Tales from the Vault and Mastermind Ruth Matheson and Charlie Sato (Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee Tso, also previously of the TV Movie) and the leading lights of the popular Gallifrey series, as well as legends in their own right, Romana (Lalla Ward) and Leela (Louise Jameson). All this and the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker.
Producer David Richardson says the idea had been fermenting in his brain for quite some time and has been waiting for just the right moment to spring it on the world.
…it seems fitting that this collaboration between the Doctor and many of his friends should mark our anniversary. This story has been quite a party to make, and I hope listeners will throw themselves into the celebrations too.
The scriptwriters are Justin Richards, Jonathan Morris and Nick Wallace, and the directors are Ken Bentley and Lisa Bowerman and with talent like that behind the mic coupled with the plethora of stars in front of it, this is looking to be something rather special indeed.
The Worlds of Doctor Who is available for pre-order now and will be released in October.
Will you be pre ordering it regardless (I will) or will you be waiting for reviews to filter through before making the leap? Do you think it sounds like a winning idea to collect all the spin off series characters together like this or do you have doubts? Let us know in the usual way below.