Cocaine, Sex and the Doctor? Revolutionising Doctor Who before he went on to well…revolutionise Doctor Who, Russell T Davies fused flawed characters surviving Thatcher’s Britain with hard-hitting sci-fi in the novel, Damaged Goods and now, it is finished…
Recording is now complete on Doctor Who: Damaged Goods – Big Finish’s much anticipated, properly grown up adaptation of Russell T Davies’ hard hitting Virgin New Adventures novel.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may recognise the actors chosen to bring the much-loved companions of Chris and Roz to life in their first audio appearance as having already appeared in Russell’s Doctor Who era.
Travis Oliver is perhaps best known to Doctor Who fans for playing Milo in the TV episode Gridlock while Yasmin Bannerman played Jabe in the story The End of the World. This is Yasmin’s third Big Finish – she was in The Bride of Peladon and The Fourth Wall.
Michelle Collins is also no stranger to the show either, having appeared in the Tenth Doctor story, 42, as Captain Kath McDonnell.
Rounding out the rest of the cast are: George Fuller as Winnie’s daughter Bev, Tayler Marshall as Gabriel, Robert Duncan as Mr Thomas, Richard Hope as Harry Harvey, Daniel Brocklebank as David Daniels, Damien Lynch as Scott Delaney and Peter Barrett as The Capper!
Speaking of The Capper, Producer David Richardson – who, thanks to a TV Zone interview with Russell T Davies in 1995, had a hand in getting the original book commissioned, tweeted a little snippet about the arrival of the drug dealer that won’t stay dead.
Day 2 of recording #DoctorWho Damaged Goods. Beware The Capper!
— David Richardson (@RichardsonBF) July 29, 2014
Getting in on the excitement, Big Finish also took to Twitter to tease forthcoming scenes from the Jonathan Morris adaptation.
— Big Finish (@bigfinish) July 28, 2014
Just how much of the themes and content will make it into the adaptation remains to be seen but could this be the ideal forum for more adult, starker Doctor Who adventures? What other novels would you like to see adapted for the new Doctor Who: Novel Adaptations range? Timewyrm? Nightshade? No Future?
Damaged Goods will be released in August 2015, as a standard and special edition alongside an adaptation of the Missing Adventures novel, Gareth Roberts’ The Well-Mannered War, and is available for pre-order from Big Finish now.