How is it possible that the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and his long scarf has only met the Cybermen once (1975’s Revenge of the Cybermen) in all these years? Well, a certain audio-based company is about to change that in a big way. Big Finish Productions has announced some very exciting future news for 2015: Season Four of their Fourth Doctor audio adventures will conclude with a two-part Cybermen adventure!
The Fate of Krelos and Return to Telos are the last two scheduled Fourth Doctor audios for 2015, before Baker comes back in 2016 with a new Fifth Season (featuring Lalla Ward as Romana!). Krelos, which will be released in June, has the Doctor landing on the planet during “its most dangerous time” and features companions Leela (Louise Jameson) and K-9 (John Leeson).
Return to Telos sounds very interesting indeed, as it ties in with the classic Patrick Troughton adventure Tomb of the Cybermen. It even features two returning cast members from that famous four-part serial, with Bernard Holley (Peter Hayden) and Frazer Hines (companion Jamie McCrimmon) somehow involved in the story! No further details are currently available, outside of the fact that Nick Briggs will be doing the 1960s-style versions of the Cybermen voices. Oh, deeearr…
Just to digress a little, a past audio adventure–2002’s Spare Parts by Marc Platt–also featured the Cybermen and is still regarded as one of the best adventures Big Finish has ever done. It involved the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) landing on the planet Mondas at the dawn of the creation of the Cybermen. As per Wikipedia, “Spare Parts thus became a story of how humans could become so desperate that they would reject their humanity – even their emotions – to survive.”
It so impressed former showrunner Russell T. Davies that elements of the story were used in the Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel episodes of David Tennant’s first series as the Tenth Doctor. (Interestingly enough, Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi used the phrase “spare parts” to describe the Half-Face Man and his cyborg friends in the recent Series 8 premiere, Deep Breath. The Twelfth Doctor specifically says the words “spare parts” at least twice.-3)
How does this all tie together? Well, I’m honestly not exactly sure it all does. But it is a bit strange… and verrrry coincidental… that the Cybermen have been announced right now as making a big return to Big Finish next summer and clashing with Tom Baker’s neverendingly popular Fourth Doctor. Not only that, but in a two-part series-ending finale. Does Big Finish know something that we don’t? Has Steven Moffat been in touch with Big Finish recently? Time will only tell… spoilers, sweetie!
So Kasterborites, are you excited to hear the Fourth Doctor tangling with the Cybermen once again?