December 12, 2012 at 5:23 am #751Earl’s previous regenerationSpectator
Here’s something I never expected to see: Big Finish getting to play with all 11 Doctors, at least on a one-off basis.
For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Big Finish Productions and AudioGo have joined forces to produce a special range of audiobook titles, each focusing on one of the eleven Doctors.
Released monthly in 2013 until the anniversary month of November, these will be dramatised readings, featuring stars from every era of the BBC series new and old alongside fresh new voices.
The first one, due out in January:
Shoreditch, London, 1963. The Beatles have beaten John Smith and the Common Men to No. 1 and satellites are being launched in outer space. Back down on Earth, strange goings-on are occurring: the normally placid teenagers of Coal Hill are running riot and a master thief is stealing highly specialised equipment.
Schoolgirl Susan Foreman just wants an easy life for herself and her grandfather, the mysterious Doctor. She wants to be liked and accepted by Cedric and all the other pupils at Coal Hill School. But there’s trouble in the streets and bombsites around Totter’s Lane.
The teenagers are becoming dangerous… Their mission: to hunt down anyone different, or alien… Susan’s quiet life is about to spiral out of control. Having inadvertently started drawing attention to herself, she finds herself drawn into a desperate situation. Suddenly, the chase is on and she and her grandfather are now the hunted.
Big Finish has always been contractually hogtied when it comes to even so much as hinting at the new series. They can’t do much more than tease about the Time War, and they certainly can’t do anything along the lines of pitting the sixth Doctor against the Judoon. I’m hoping this represents the beginning of a thaw in the frozen line between the old and new series licenses for BF.
I am a bit disappointed that they’re basically Companion Chronicles. I understand they kinda have to be for the first three Doctors’ eras, but it would’ve been interesting to hear, even if only once, the post-McGann Doctors Big-Finish-style. But at the end of it all… finally, we will know the density of the Doctor! Does he float in water or sink like a rock?
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