The new year brings a fresh line up of audio drama from Big Finish Productions. From returning characters to epic showdowns, the stories on offer in early 2020 are set to excite, terrify and leave listeners yearning for more.
This is a rundown of the most anticipated releases from Big Finish for the first half of 2020 – well, that already have been announced!
The Seventh Doctor battles The Eleven
Doctor Who: Dark Universe (January)
The first entry in the Monthly Adventures this year pits the Seventh Doctor against the villainous Eleven in the latter’s earliest chronological appearance. Throw in a modern-day Ace and Cardinal Ollistra (from the eras of the Eighth and War Doctors), and the stage is set for an explosive two-hour story that will surely start the year off with a bang.
Adric joins Romana and the Fourth Doctor in E-Space
Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 9 (January/February)
After eighth series alongside other companions, the newest series sees Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor reunite with Adric, played by Matthew Waterhouse, and Romana (Lalla Ward) for the first time since 1981. The four stories, set during Season 18‘s E-Space trilogy, promise to explore some fascinating high-concept ideas.
Captain John Hart leads the universe to rack and ruin
Torchwood: The Sins of Captain John (January)
Captain John’s first appearance at Big Finish in 2018’s The Death of Captain Jack proved one of the most twisted and hilarious entries in the Torchwood range. Writer David Llewellyn, the writer of that episode, returns to give listeners four full hours of Captain John’s antics that will likely prove riotous and dark in equal measure.
Martha Jones teams up with Gwen Cooper
Torchwood: Dissected (February)
February features another returning character from the Torchwood world in the form of Martha Jones. In lieu of pairing her with the Tenth Doctor – for now – producer James Goss sketches in more of her time working for Torchwood alongside Gwen. We anticipate an engaging rapport between Freema Agyeman and Eve Myles and a delightful return for Martha.
Danny Pink debuts on audio alongside the Twelfth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Chronicles (February)
Jacob Dudman has done a consummate job with his impressions of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in previous instalments in the Doctor Chronicles range. Next month, it’s the Twelfth Doctor’s turn, with Dudman appearing alongside UNIT scientist Osgood and Samuel Anderson in his debut as Danny Pink from series 8 of Doctor Who.
The First Doctor returns to Skaro and visits 20th century Russia
Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures Volume 4 (March)
Simultaneously classic and new, the First Doctor Adventures have been a big hit. David Bradley’s reimagination of the First Doctor has been well and truly established both on audio and screen. This fourth volume will see his TARDIS crew revisit the Dalek home world and find themselves embroiled in the assassination of the Romanov ruling family in twentieth century Russia.
Donna Noble gets her own solo series
Donna Noble: Kidnapped! (March)
Catherine Tate excels as the exuberant and witty Donna Noble, and gets the chance to shine – brighter than she does already, that is – in her own solo series in March. Away from the Doctor, it seems her life will be no less exciting, and with a talented writing team, Kidnapped! may well capture the brilliant humour and wonder of series four Doctor Who.
Churchill and Daleks, the Brigadier and Benton, the Third Doctor and Jo
Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Adventures Volume 6 (May)
In this sixth volume of Third Doctor Adventures featuring Tim Treloar and Katy Manning, it is a festive reunion of characters. In addition to Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Jon Culshaw) and Sergeant Benton (John Levene), there are Daleks and a returning Winston Churchill, usually heard in Eighth to Eleventh Doctor tales.
The coming year is certainly jam-packed of audio goodness, yet this is only a selection of what is in store, with many other exciting releases lying in wait across 2020 and beyond. Further details on these releases are available on the Big Finish website.
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