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5/29/2003 02:49:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon


May 29, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
The next "season" of Big Finish stories starring Paul McGann has been revealed in issue 331 of "Doctor Who Magazine". The new group of stories stars in December (following McGann and the other Doctors in the anniversary story "Zagreus") with Scherzo by Rob Shearman ("Jubilee"). In January, Philip Martin -- best known as the author of the television stories "Vengeance on Varos" and "Mindwarp" -- returns to Doctor Who writing The Creed of Kromon. In February, author Jim Mortimore ("Campaign") pens The Natural History of Fear while new-to-BF author Will Shindler (script editor for the drama "Born and Bred" and formerly of Radio 5) pens the March 2004 serial The Twilight Kingdom. The DWM article mentions, meanwhile, that "anyone expecting the cliffhanger from 'Neverland' to be wrapped up by the end of 'Zagreus' will be disappointed" and that the story arc running through this forthcoming "season" will be a slender one.

In other news, a new alien companion is introduced; named C'Rizz, played by stage actor Conrad Westmaas (who is also currently assistant editor of "Doctor Who Magazine") who also plays Tarpov in the upcoming serial "Omega"... where the new companion is said to make a "small but significant" contribution (perhaps the two are the same character). C'Rizz has a 'vestigial exoskeleton' and can "change skin colour at will" and can hide by blending against a background (effectively invisible). There is no word yet as to whether or not India Fisher ("Charley") returns for these stories as well. Big Finish will also be reopening their submissions policy to new authors for a short time. Further details on these stories are forthcoming. (Thanks to DWM)