The day has finally arrived! Christopher Eccleston is returning to Doctor Who as the Ninth Doctor via Big Finish coming May 2021! As if that news wasn’t astounding enough, at long last the writing duo of Pip & Jane Baker is featured in our long-running feature, the Miniscope! We also have talk of Doctor Who DVDs and Blu-rays, Time Lord Victorious, and an important action dolly update!
Big Finish Productions, in association with BBC Studios, today announces the long-awaited return of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor.
First seen on screen in 2005, Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor introduced a whole new generation of fans to Doctor Who.
Now he’s back, with a brand-new series of twelve fantastic full-cast audio adventures in space and time, 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 – exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Big Finish’s Chairman, Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “I first talked to Christopher about returning to the role of the Doctor at a fan convention in February this year. Christopher said he was enjoying meeting the fans and was pleased that his Doctor was remembered so fondly. 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.
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Adventures is now available globally for pre-order exclusively at the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com), from just $19.99.
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).
The 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 (www.bigfinish.com). Please note: the vinyl editions do not include the behind-the-scenes extras.
THE NINTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES
Duration: 240 minutes approx. (each volume)
Released: May, August, November 2021, and February 2022, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Senior Producer: David Richardson
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
PRICING (PER VOLUME)
Pre-order: $24.99 (collector’s edition CD) $19.99 (download) fromwww.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)
ABOUT BIG FINISH PRODUCTIONS
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.
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.
ABOUT DOCTOR WHO
Doctor Who is one of the longest running action adventure television series in the world spanning 56 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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Stop! There will be no battle here! Unless you mean the final two episodes of our Classic Series Commentary for “Battlefield”, which features in this here episode of Radio Free Skaro. The Three Who Rule also go over the news from the past week, including Doctor Who’s first ever Emmy nomination, a recap of some of the notable events of Comic-Con At Home, and some general confusion about oxen!
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Truncated Doctor Who? Normally nerds would scream bloody murder at such impertinence, but not when it’s the official Doctor Who YouTube page with half hour versions of “The Masque of Mandragora” and “The Hand of Fear”! Other bibs and bobs this week included photos of Matt Smith trying on test outfits before he went full tweed, Big Finish news and Target book delays, but let’s be frank, you’re here for the second part of our look at look at director Douglas McKinnon’s work on “Listen”, “Time Heist”, “Flatline” and “The Husbands of River Song” in…the Miniscope!
Both America and Canada celebrated their birthdays this week, and Radio Free Skaro was there on July 1st via Twitter to highlight the Doctor Who accomplishments of some notable Canucks working in the Doctor Who trenches over the show’s 50-year history. In other news, we’re all addicted to varying degrees to the simplistic Thirteen tile game, and there’s a Series 6 Blu-Ray steelbook headed to UK fans in early August. Whoop! But let’s cut to the chase here, it’s our 750th episode, and to celebrate, we have the first part of a look at director Douglas McKinnon’s work on Doctor Who…in the Miniscope!
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