Big Finish are going from strength to strength lately and show no sign of slowing down any time soon, so it’s no surprise that they are attracting some pretty big names to be in their productions.
The latest name to add to that list is one Samuel West who many will know from such things as Mr Selfridge, Law and Order UK and Any Human Heart and such films as Iris, Van Helsing and Hyde Park on Hudson. Samuel will be joining Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor in Mask of Tragedy, part of the latest Seventh Doctor trilogy, where he will be playing famed Greek playwright Aristophanes.
Samuel though is not the first member of his family to be involved in Doctor Who, as his father, the illustrious Timothy West has appeared for Big Finish too, in the Eighth Doctor story Phobos. In fact it isn’t even Samuel’s first appearance in Doctor Who having previously been henchman to the Rani in Children in Need’s much maligned Dimensions in Time special. Hopefully though, this appearance will be memorable for all the right reasons. West also played a key role in Big Finish’s 2008 thriller Vengeance of Morbius (thanks MrTreacle!).
Perhaps this could lead to a return of his Dimensions character Cyrian and the Rani to the Big Finish universe (what, a guy can dream right?) or at the very least further appearances from the actor.
What are your thoughts, do you think Samuel is a good choice for a part, would you like to see him become a more regular character, are you one of the mad few like myself who still long for a return from the Rani? Leave your comments below and let us know.