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Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Nick Kitchen

Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents Box Set Available for Preorder

It could be said, and rightfully so, that Phillip Hinchcliffe and Tom Baker were responsible for some of the best episodes of Doctor Who during the classic era. So dear reader, if you find yourself missing that “gothic” feel of Hinchcliffe’s work and some bonafide Tom Baker action, I have fantastic news for you! Big Finish has just made their upcoming Fourth Doctor release, Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents Box Set available for preorder.

The new release features two brand new adventures with The Fourth Doctor and Leela, conceived by Hinchcliffe and written by Marc Platt. From the description:
The Ghosts of Gralstead (Six episodes)

The Doctor and Leela return to Victorian London, in the year 1860.

At St Clarence’s Hospital, respected surgeon Sir Edward Scrivener requires the bodies of the dead… At Doctor McDivett’s Exhibition of Living Wonders and Curiosities, miracles are afoot… And in Gralstead House, the ghost will walk again. Mordrega has come to Earth…

The Devil’s Armada (Four episodes)

The TARDIS lands in Sissenden Village in the sixteenth century. Catholic priests are hunted, so-called witches are drowned in the ducking stool, and in the shadows the Vituperon are watching… and waiting…

The release will be available in digital and CD formats. The only disappointing part of the whole thing is that the release date isn’t until September! That shouldn’t dissuade you from a preorder, however; Big Finish has been known to release a project earlier than initially slated. The set can be ordered here.

Are you excited for a new Hinchcliffe/Baker release? Let us know if you’ll be picking this up!


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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

9 Responses to Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents Box Set Available for Preorder

  1. avatar Jason Z says:

    ‘Penned by Hinchcliffe’? I think these are written by Marc Platt, no?

    • avatar Francis Cave says:

      On Big Finish’s site they are described as “Written By: Philip Hinchcliffe, adapted by Marc Platt”.

      I’d therefore assume that Hinchcliffe had the initial story idea and structure while Platt actually wrote them.

      • avatar Nick Kitchen says:

        Much like Steve Platt adapted JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books for the screen, as I understand.

      • avatar Nick Kitchen says:

        Steve Cloves!!! Curse this blasted iPhone keyboard.

    • Ach, cursed editor’s eyes!

      Thanks Jason.

      • avatar Nick Kitchen says:

        Nah, that’s the writers fault! ;-) Sorry, mate!

    • avatar Nick Kitchen says:

      That line should have read, “penned by Hinchcliffe and adapted by Marc Platt,” as Big Finish indicates.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Definitely one of the special releases coming out in the next year that I intend to get. Hinchcliffe’s time on the show is unquestionably the quintessential period for Tom Baker.

  3. avatar IGettings says:

    It ain’t in any way cheap, is it!

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