RTD’s Damaged Goods: Big Finish Complete Recording!

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…

Big 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.

What’s more, joining Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor will be Travis Oliver as Chris Cwej, Yasmin Bannerman as Roz Forrester, Michelle Collins as Winnie Tyler and Denise Black as Eva Jericho.

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.

Getting in on the excitement, Big Finish also took to Twitter to tease forthcoming scenes from the Jonathan Morris adaptation.

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.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

'RTD’s Damaged Goods: Big Finish Complete Recording!' have 9 comments

  1. July 30, 2014 @ 7:22 pm Harry M VanHoudnos

    This is going to be something special. There have been very few of the New Adventure stories that have been done by Big Finish. I’ve read the novelization and I know something of what to expect.


  2. July 30, 2014 @ 9:31 pm TimeChaser

    Definitely would love to see are combined release of Blood Harvest and Goth Opera. Other stories I’d love to see adapted include Nightshade, Lucifer Rising, Theater of War, All-Consuming Fire, Original Sin, and Just War. Also Missing Adventures like Cold Fusion and The Sands of Time.


    • July 30, 2014 @ 9:44 pm Harry M VanHoudnos

      Blood Harvest and Goth Opera? BE STILL MY HEART! Blood Harvest is a Terrance Dicks story and I LOVE TERRANCE DICKS! And Goth Opera is a sequel/prequel to Blood Harvest. I would KILL to have the two of them done as Big Finish stories!!!!


      • July 30, 2014 @ 10:31 pm TimeChaser

        It would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? I mean two excellent stories tailor made to be a box set. :)


  3. July 30, 2014 @ 9:38 pm Jay

    have wanted BF new adventure adaptations for a long time and never thought it would happen. happy for any of them to be adapted but would like all consuming fire, nightshade, blood heat, set piece, left handed hummingbird, Lucifer rising and the also people most of all.


    • July 30, 2014 @ 10:33 pm TimeChaser

      Personally I’d love to see all the Alternate Timeline adventures adapted, from Blood Heat to No Future. Unfortunately, to make them work it would either require changing some characters which would greatly affect the story, or re-casting the Brigadier and Liz.


  4. July 31, 2014 @ 2:49 pm Dominick Cericola (@DJCericola)

    Delighted beyond all human (and non-human!) comprehension at this news! Hoping BF does an adaption of ‘So Vile a Sin’ as well as what has been referred to as a cornerstone of WHO Mythos: Marc Platt’s ‘Lungbarrow’. *fingers crossed*


    • July 31, 2014 @ 2:53 pm Harry M VanHoudnos

      As someone who owns ALL the New Adventure books up to Lungbarrow, I would LOVE to see Big Finish take a shot at Lungbarrow. It would end up as a 6-8 part story because there is SO much material in it!


      • July 31, 2014 @ 3:16 pm Francis Cave

        Having just finished Lungbarrow, it is such a visually descriptive book I can’t imagine how it would work as an audio without some serious rewrites.


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