Big Finish announced today details of the upcoming three-story season of Fifth Doctor stories, featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Janet Fielding as Tegan and Mark Strickson as Turlough, the first time this TARDIS team had acted together since 1983.
According to executive producer Nicholas Briggs, "The three stories were recorded just after Christmas, and everyone was on brilliant form. It was quite thrilling to hear [the cast] recreating their roles so authentically. These adventures sound just like they've fallen through a time warp!"
He aded: “The mood during the recording was quite rambunctious and everyone had such a brilliant time that I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team reunited again some time in the near future…”
The series will debut in July, and the first story released will be Cobwebs by Jonathan Morris. The story guest-stars Helen Griffin (Mrs. Moore in "Rise of the Cybermen"), Raymond Coulthard of Hotel Babylon and Adrian Lukis (Peak Practice). The TARDIS crew lands on a scientific base and it becomes obvious that they've been there before...only for them it hasn't happened yet.
The second story is The Whispering Forest by Stephen Cole, set on an alien world where a colony has become obsessed with cleanliness – while strange creatures are prowling among the trees. The guest cast includes Paul Shelley (previously Persuasion in "Four to Doomsday"), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films...and Patrick Troughton's grandson) and Hayley Atwell (recently in the Prisoner remake).
Wrapping up the series, with the blessings of original creator Christopher Bailey, the Mara makes a welcome return in The Cradle of the Snake by Marc Platt, in which the TARDIS crew revisits the planet Manussa. “When we knew we could get these characters back together, we realised we wanted to bring back the Mara because it was an iconic monster from the Davison era,” says Briggs. "Marc Platt seemed the obvious choice to write it – because Marc does ‘weird’ so wonderfully!”
Please visit the Big Finish website to read the full story.