August 9, 2020 at 1:39 pm #26690EarlKeymaster
And I don’t mean that in the way that Debbie does Dallas. [LINK]
Big Finish Productions, in association with BBC Studios, today announces the long-awaited return of Christopher Eccleston to the popular role he originated on television.
First seen on screen in 2005, Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor introduced a whole new generation of sci-fi fans to the TARDIS, Time Lords and sonic screwdriver.
Now he’s back in a brand-new series of twelve fantastic full-cast audio adventures in time and space, due to be released across four box sets, starting with volume one in May 2021.
Christopher Eccleston said: “After 15 years it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing.”
Story details, writers and additional guest cast are being kept under wraps at present but this Doctor Who audio series promises to be, once again, the trip of a lifetime.
Doctor Who fans worldwide can now pre-order all four volumes, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl.
Big Finish’s Chairman, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at the Gallifrey One convention in February this year. Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly. He indicated he would be open to discussing a project with Big Finish.
“And then the pandemic happened and time moved both quickly and very slowly. Over recent months, ideas have been exchanged and discussions had. I am so pleased that Christopher has decided to return to the role with us – and I’m excited to welcome him to the Big Finish family as we discover the new adventures of the Ninth Doctor.”
Big Finish’s Creative Director, Nicholas Briggs, added: “Working with Chris was a very special time for me. The beginning of my Doctor Who TV career. So, writing for and directing him feels incredibly exciting. He’s such a powerful performer and it’ll be amazing to work with him again.”
Each of the four volumes in Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures will be released as a 4-disc collector’s edition box set or download containing three brand-new full cast audio adventures, plus a selection of behind-the-scenes extras.
I’m kind of amazed that we’re in a world where Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi are the holdouts. Though I still think there would be no shame if the BBC, with Big Finish’s help, moved the next season of Doctor Who to radio.
August 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm #26691EarlKeymaster
Though really, if you think about it, who’s “holding out” is a completely different proposition. I’m standing at the intersection of “as a fan, I’m elated to see this news!” and “I worry that Eccleston took this out of desperation because all of his other work dried up, which is not a thing to celebrate”.
August 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm #26692ubikuberallesModerator
Pretty much most roles have dried up, thanks to Covid, unless Mr. Eccleston had bad luck just prior to the pandemic. I imagine voice acting is pretty much one of the few areas in the entertainment industry that has had any growth this year.
Pretty cool that Chris is back to being the Doctor. I imagine the work load is much better than it was back in 2005 (his official reason for leaving the show). Shame that he didn’t do them earlier. Perhaps there was some truth to the rumor that he was blacklisted from the show and is only now appearing on Big Finish because Moffett is no longer the show runner. I have no idea if Moffett ever had any influence over Big Finish so wild speculation on my part.
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