Big Finish has released details for the forthcoming audio play The Next Life, the final part of the third 'season' of Paul McGann audios... and there are some big names in the cast. Daphne Ashbrook, who played McGann's co-star (Dr. Grace Holloway) in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, is reunited with McGann, albeit as a different character; while Paul Darrow, the star of "Blake's 7" (Avon) and twice a guest star on the Doctor Who series ("Doctor Who & The Silurians" and "Timelash") also joins the cast for the episode. Also making returns to the story are former Doctor Who companion actress Anneke Wills reprising her role from "Zagreus" as Charley's mother Louisa, and, returning as Rassilon, Don Warrington. The story is out in December; the cover blurb is below.
THE NEXT LIFE, by Alan Barnes and Gary Russell
"All things must die."
Washed up on the sandy shores of a paradise island, a wild-eyed shipwreck survivor is rescued by the wife of Daqar Keep, the richest man in the galaxy.
Her name's Perfection. He's the Doctor. Together, they face a journey into the dark heart of this mysterious island, to discover the deepest secrets of this timeless cosmos. That's if the giant crabs, killer crocodiles and murderous natives don't get them first.
Meanwhile, fellow travellers Charley and C'rizz have their own ordeal to endure, in the grip of the Doctor's most dangerous rival. And in a universe that's facing extinction, even the best of friends may soon become enemies...
This life is almost over. And not everyone will make it to the next.
Starring Paul McGann (the Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Conrad Westmaas (C'rizz), Daphne Ashbrook (Perfection), Paul Darrow (Guidance), Anneke Wills (Louisa Pollard), Stephen Perring (the Kro'ka) and Don Warrington (Rassilon), with Stephane Cornicard (Keep), Jane Hills (L'da). Directed by Gary Russell.