In merely a week we’ll have new Doctor Who to discuss as Doctor Who: Flux – Chapter One: The Halloween Apocalypse arrives to please our eyeballs, but in the meantime listen to the Three Who Rule talk about Class, binge vs once a week episode drops, the general incompetence of a certain Canadian sci-fi channel, buffoonish press pack drops and a truly epic length Timelash where they invent the exciting and entirely fictional new television mystery series Mumford & Fay starring Suranne Jones and Judi Dench!
After pining, complaining, and begging for the Doctor Who Series 13 trailer, it has finally arrived and the Three Who Rule will pass judgment on it along with an epic-length episode featuring a visit from Emily Cook from Doctor Who Magazine and an interview with Gavin Collinson and Richard Wilkinson from Maze Theory about the new Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality video game. Plus Big Finish as always, Sony buying Bad Wolf, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill shooting their final bits for the show, and a code giveaway for the aforementioned The Edge of Reality! Pew Pew (mostly puzzles) Pew!
Our long international nightmare is over, sort of, as we finally have an airdate for the premiere of Doctor Who: Flux of Halloween night (in the UK) though a new trailer remains elusive. What is omnipresent is our (mostly Steven’s) utter rage at the BBC’s marketing “efforts” for the new series as all social media was deleted and then reinstated for…reasons? Besides invective and suspicion we also have musings on the past via the Timelash, Season 17 gets The Collection Blu-ray treatment, and the second and concluding part of our Classic Series Commentary for “The Edge of Destruction”!
It’s been a week since the surprise announcement that Russell T Davies is returning to our favourite televisual drama, and yet there is nothing in the way of Series 13 teasing to satiate our base desires for more Who. Nothing, that is, except the Three Who Rule discussing a whole slew of action dollies, nostalgic remembrances via The Timelash, slagging off Canadian TV as is tradition, and a riveting Classic Series Commentary on Part the First of 1964’s bottle episode(s) psychodrama “The Edge of Destruction”!
This was supposed to be a slow news week but a phoenix in the form of one Russell T Davies smashed such expectations with news he is returning to re-helm Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary and beyond in a new Golden Age of Telestreaming Audiovisuals. What does it all mean? Join the Three Who Rule as they madly cogitate over the implications of the announcement and muddle through their own complicated feelings on this most weighty of developments. Plus the usual Timelashing, Big Finish updates, video game-ry, and more! But mostly, let’s be honest, all-consuming RTD banter.
Chris is away this week but we keep it in the Canadian family with our third chair as we welcome Sarah Murphy for her first proper appearance on the show! This week, topics include the final Doctor Who ARG clue reveal (by mistake?), vaccines will be mandatory for Gallifrey One attendees in 2022, Galaxy 4 is getting the animation treatment, and Emily Cook drops by to talk about the latest issue of Doctor Who magazine! Oh, and a healthy dose of Canadiana for your three hosts.
Big Finish Productions today announces a second series of Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures starring Christopher Eccleston, due to be released throughout 2022 and into 2023.
Last year, Big Finish announced the Ninth Doctor’s return to Doctor Who, with his inaugural series of full-cast audio dramas currently delighting audiences and critics alike. Now, Christopher Eccleston returns to the TARDIS for twelve more exciting adventures in time and space, across four brand new box sets.
Each volume is now available for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com), with prices starting at just £19.99.
Christopher Eccleston said: “Just before Christmas in 2020, I walked into a small recording studio in an industrial estate in North London. Me and the sound engineer looked at each other and we smiled and said, ‘Let’s go!’ Then I started playing the Ninth Doctor again, and I loved it.
“It’s been one of the great joys for me of the past year. It’s a lovely way to do it, so I’m coming back to record more.”
Big Finish Chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “I am so glad that Christopher has enjoyed his time with us so much that he has agreed to continue his travels in the TARDIS. Bringing the Ninth Doctor back to the Doctor Who universe has been one of the few enjoyable parts of the past year and I am so glad that the adventures will continue!”
Producer David Richardson added: “I’ve spent most of my summer weekends sitting in the garden, iPad on my lap, reading the scripts for The Ninth Doctor Adventures – Series Two. Happy days indeed. No spoilers but expect emotional, character-based stories, and lots of adventure – going deep into Earth’s past and into the far future.
“From an old railway station to the seas of Titan, to a very unusual furniture store in the present day, it’s another trip of a lifetime – and I can’t wait to be back in the studio again in October, where we will bring these words to brilliant life. Recording the first season with Chris was one of my happiest times at Big Finish, and I feel privileged to be going back for more.”
Doctor Who fans worldwide can now pre-order the second series of The Ninth Doctor Adventures, which are available in three formats – collector’s edition CD, digital download or limited edition gatefold triple LP vinyl – exclusively from the Big Finish website at www.bigfinish.com.
Big Finish listeners can save by pre-ordering a bundle of the entire series for just £88 (as a collector’s edition box set) or £78 (as a download).
Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures triple LP vinyls are strictly limited to a pressing of 1,000 per volume, and can be pre-ordered at £35.99 each, or £132 for the bundle of all four albums, again exclusively at the Big Finish website.
Please note: the vinyl editions do not include any behind-the-scenes extras. However, listeners purchasing vinyl LP editions will receive a download of the story automatically and be given access to the CD edits as a bonus download. Episodes will be edited specifically for the vinyl format, presented as 2 episodes, one on each side, each with opening and closing music. In addition, all pre-orders of the vinyls will also receive the behind the extras as a bonus download.
Praise for Doctor Who – The Ninth Doctor Adventures:
“A fine evocation of the Russell T Davies era…” – SFX
“We can practically hear that huge grin across Christopher Eccleston’s face throughout the whole endeavour…” – Doctor Who Magazine
“Christopher Eccleston excels on audio…” – Indie Mac User
“Another winner from Big Finish…” – Set the Tape
Products are sold in £ sterling on Big Finish’s website but will be converted to local currency upon checkout.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs and limited edition vinyl LPs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.
Big Finish has been producing Doctor Who audios since 1999, starring Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and John Hurt.
Christopher Eccleston originally played the Ninth Doctor in Russell T Davies’ hugely successful revival of Doctor Who in 2005. He has enjoyed a long and acclaimed career on stage and screen, starring in many hit TV shows including Our Friends in the North, The Shadow Line and The A Word.
DOCTOR WHO – THE NINTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES: SERIES TWO
Duration: 240 minutes approx. (each volume)
Released: May, August, November 2022, and February 2023, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
Pre-order: £24.99 (collector’s edition CD) £19.99 (download) from www.bigfinish.com
Pre-order: £35.99 (limited edition triple LP vinyl) from www.bigfinish.com
General release: £34.99 (collector’s edition CD) £29.99 (download)
Bundle (VOLUMES 5-8)
Pre-order: £132 (limited edition vinyl) £88 (collector’s edition CD) £78 (download) from www.bigfinish.com
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.
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About BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
Big Finish Productions is an audio production company and publisher best known for its range of Doctor Who plays (and its many spin-offs). The company also produces a wide range of audio drama and audiobooks featuring the characters from Adam Adamant Lives!, Blake’s 7, Dark Shadows, Space: 1999, Survivors, Terrahawks, The Avengers, The Omega Factor, The Prisoner, Timeslip and Torchwood, as well as classics from HG Wells and Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera and Dorian Gray. Big Finish also produces original creations such as Graceless, Charlotte Pollard and The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, plus the Big Finish Originals range featuring many great new series including The Human Frontier, ATA Girl, Cicero, Jeremiah Bourne in Time, Shilling & Sixpence Investigate, Blind Terror and Transference.
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About Doctor Who
Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 57 years and winning over 100 awards. This quintessentially British show has a huge global following, with 9.6m fans across social platforms/channels and 100m video views on YouTube in the last year alone. It has been honoured by Guinness World Records as the longest running science-fiction series in the world. Doctor Who has a proven track-record in consumer products and live entertainment with over four and a half million Sonic Screwdrivers sold in the past eleven years, over 13 million action figures sold since 2005, over 19 million DVDs sold globally and over one million tickets sold for live events.
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As we careen into the autumn (and while other franchises like Star Wars and The Matrix announce their plans and trailers for the future), Jodie Whittaker is talking about Life after Who, Christopher Eccleston is out of Calgary Expo, Big Finish unleashes another tsunami of content, and we take an epic dive in another busy week in Doctor who history in The Timelash! Bask in the banterful badinage, won’t you?
This week on the show, put your Sherlock (and definitely not #superwholock) hats on because there are new clues in the decreasingly cryptic Doctor Who ARG for you to peruse, and a possible leak about what the next Classic Collection Blu-ray release will be? Also, news from Whooverville 12, Big Finish excitement by way of Torchwood, The Eleven, and Dark Season, and the fourth and final Classic Series Commentary by the Three Who Rule about the Three Who Rule in “State of Decay”!
As we wait for both a new series of Doctor Who (and, indeed, a new showrunner and new Doctor), let us instead keep you occupied with talk of conventions during the Time of COVID, a deep dive into the Timelash looking back at many season premieres, and Part Three of our “State of Decay” Classic Series Commentary!