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4/27/2006 02:35:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

April 27, 2006 • Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish has announced some new developments for their late 2006/early 2007 Doctor Who audio releases.Maureen O'Brien, who played the role of companion Vicki in seasons 2 and 3 of the classic series, will guest star alongside Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant (the sixth Doctor and Peri) in the January 2007 audio The Year of the Pig by Matthew Sweet; her character, Miss Alice Bultitude is "A dotty collector of theatrical ephemera". Also appearing in the story are Blake's 7 actor Michael Keating, who previously starred in the Big Finish audio "The Twilight Kingdom," andAdjoa Andoh, who starred in this season's Doctor Who TV episode "New Earth" as Sister Jatt of the Sisters of Plenitude. Says DWM, "The story is set nineteenth-century Ostend, where the Doctor and Peri become embroiled in an attempt to locate theatre legend Toby the Sapient Pig." Paul Brooke also stars as Toby.

Two additional guest stars from the new series will make appearances in this year's July release, The Nowhere Placeby Nicholas Briggs, featuring Colin Baker and Maggie Stables as the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn: Martha Cope, seen in "Bad Wolf" as the Controller, and John Schwab, who played Bywater in "Dalek".

Finally, this September will see the story The Reaping by Joseph Lidster, featuring Baker and Bryant. Making a guest appearance in the story is actress Claudia Christian, star of the cult favorite "Babylon 5" for four years as Susan Ivanova; Christian here plays Peri's mother Janine Foster. Also starring in the episode is "Terrahawks" actress Denise Bryer. "The Reaping" is linked to the other September release, "The Gathering".