October 6, 2015 at 1:41 am #1775
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I’ve been suggesting this all year, with absolutely no expectation that it would become a reality. And yet here it is. CHRISTMAS. [LINK]
In December 2015, the Time War will rage and only one man can save us. John Hurt is The War Doctor!
John Hurt, the world-renowned star of film and television, is returning to the role of The War Doctor, in twelve full-cast Doctor Who audio plays.
The War Doctor was introduced for Doctor Who’s Fiftieth Anniversary, and played a key part in the record-breaking television special The Day of the Doctor, alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors. He is the secret incarnation of the Time Lord — but he has shunned the title ‘Doctor’ in order to fight in the Time War against the Daleks.
“I have been a huge fan of John since first seeing him in the repeats of I, Claudius in the 1980s and in his Oscar-nominated role as the eponymous The Elephant Man,’ says Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery. ‘Watching his performance in The Day of the Doctor I did find myself fantasising that some far off day we might have the chance to work with him on the audio adventures of Doctor Who and now two short years later it’s happened! John wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat. Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?”
The audio adventures of The War Doctor will be told over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set is entitled Only The Monstrous, and is written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose many successes for Big Finish include the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.
“The story of the Doctor who refuses to call himself the Doctor in order to do the unthinkable upon the ultimate battlefield — all of space and time — was irresistible to me,” says Nicholas. “Such a deeply disturbing and engaging character created by the formidable talents of writer Steven Moffat and actor John Hurt. It’s such a privilege to be working on this.”
John effing “War Doctor” Hurt and Servalan! But wait! There’s more!
In addition to The War Doctor, November 2017 also sees a prequel box set to the saga, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective. Paul McGann stars, alongside characters first introduced in the War Doctor box sets.
Well, okay, that’s me needing a second job then.June 16, 2017 at 8:46 am #19632
So…you have more Time War stories to tell, and you’ve just run out of War Doctor? Time to call in the War Master. Why couldn’t they have done this while John Hurt was around?
Joining the ranks of Big Finish – the War Master!
People’s of the universe, please attend carefully – Sir Derek Jacobi is reprising his role as the Master in a new Big Finish release, The War Master.
Ten years to the day from his first appearance in Doctor Who’s TV episode, Utopia, the War Master will return in four brand new Big Finish adventures in December.
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