Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Big Finish: October Releases

Big Finish have released information for two of the stories due to come out in October, featuring one character's debut and another's final adventures.

First up is the two-disc full cast audio play version of the Virgin New Adventure Love and War, which stars Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor with Sophie Aldred as Ace, and introduces the (novel) Doctor's other long term companion Bernice Summerfield - a character that first launched Big Finish back in 1998 with Oh No It Isn't!, and still portrayed by Lisa Bowerman.

Producer Scott Handcock said:
It's been a joy to work on the Bernice Summerfield range as we approach her twentieth year, and we always knew we wanted to do something special. As well as a few original dramas, we pitched the notion of a one-off Companion Chronicle to David Richardson - jokingly suggested we call it War and Love as a nod to her roots in the New Adventures. Then typically, as David does, he came back with an even better nod to her origins: a full-cast adaptation of the novel that spawned her.

And so, after conversations with Paul Cornell, Jac Rayner, Sylvester, Sophie and Lisa (of course), we found ourselves tasked with the daunting opportunity of bringing a much-loved slice of 90s Doctor Who to a brand-new audience... and I think we've done it justice!
Love and War (available to pre-order)
by Paul Cornell, adapted by Jacqueline Rayner
starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman

On a planet called Heaven, all hell is breaking loose.

Heaven is a cemetery for both humans and Draconians - a final place of rest for those lost during wartime. The Doctor arrives on a trivial mission - to find a book, or so he says - and Ace, wandering around Joycetown, becomes involved with a charismatic Traveller called Jan.

But the Doctor is strenuously opposed to the romance. What is he trying to prevent? Is he planning some more deadly game connected with the coffins revered by the mysterious Church of Vacuum and the unusual Arch that marks the location of a secret building below ground?

Archaeologist Bernice Summerfield thinks so. Her destiny is inextricably linked with that of the Doctor, but even she may not be able to save Ace from the Time Lord's plans.

This time, has the Doctor gone too far?
 


Sadly, the month will also see the release of The Last Post, featuring the final performance of Caroline John as Liz Shaw, who died in June. Series producer David Richardson said:
Carry’s death was a very sad blow for everyone at Big Finish, and the whole Doctor Who world. We deliberated for a long time as to whether we should hold back the release of this story until 2013, but Carry’s husband Geoffrey Beevers kindly suggested we should go ahead as planned. It is what Carry would have wanted.

Carry really enjoyed working on this script, and the chance to work with Rowena Cooper as Liz’s mother, Emily. It was such a happy recording day that we had made plans for a sequel, which was storylined. But sadly it was not to be.
The Last Post
by James Goss
starring Caroline John, with Rowena Cooper

People are dying. Just a few, over a period of months... but the strange thing is that each person received a letter predicting the date and time of their death.

Throughout her time as the Doctor’s assistant, Liz Shaw has been documenting these passings.

Her investigation ultimately uncovers a threat that could lead to the end of the world, but this time Liz has someone to help her.

Her mother...