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Big Finish bringing back classic Doctor Who’s punk circus werewolf, Mags

Mags returns with the Seventh Doctor
Jessica Martin is Mags and Sylvester McCoy is the Seventh Doctor
Jessica Martin and Sylvester McCoy (Big Finish Productions)

Three new adventures will reunite the Seventh Doctor and his old friend, Mags, the punk werewolf circus performer first seen in 1988’s Doctor Who story “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,” made by Big Finish Productions in association with BBC Studios.

Alongside Sylvester McCoy, Jessica Martin reprises her role of Mags in a trilogy of terrifying tales…

The Doctor and his new companion are about to embark on a positively gothic series of adventures. They’ll encounter werewolves, vampiric creatures and angry mobs of villagers, ticking every hammer-horror convention with a Doctor Who twist!

“The Monsters of Gokroth” by Matt Fitton will be released in April 2019. “An Alien Werewolf in London” by Alan Barnes will be released in May 2019, and “The Moons of Vulpana” by Emma Reeves will follow in June 2019.

Jessica Martin, actress, singer, impressionist and illustrator, who plays Mags, talked about returning to the role on audio: “It’s wonderful. I can’t quite believe it, I have to retrospectively thank John Nathan-Turner and Steven Wyatt who wrote ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,’ which spawned so many wonderful characters. It’s great to be back all these years later.

“In today’s society we’re always talking about people who are outsiders, people who suffer with the darkness within… it’s something that everyone can relate to. The wonderful thing about these new stories is that they truly expand the character of Mags.”

Jessica Martin has not only returned to the character for these audio adventures, but also has illustrated new comic adventures for Mags, in a new story from Titan Comics, Hill of Beans, written by Richard Dinnick.

Script-editor and writer of many of the Doctor Who audio adventures created by Big Finish, Alan Barnes, spoke about bringing back Mags as a fully-fledged companion: “When we first met Mags the werewolf in ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,’ she was the travelling companion of another space adventurer, the Captain. She was such an engaging character that it seemed unfair that she didn’t go off with the Doctor in the TARDIS at the end, which would have been so ‘right’, dramatically speaking. It would have opened up some really interesting story possibilities, too: how would it work, having someone who might turn into a savage beast as a companion?!”

“So reuniting Mags with the Doctor was on my ‘to do’ list for years and years, and I was determined to make it happen before I stopped being script editor of the Main Range. And thankfully, the stars aligned!”

Director, Samuel Clemens (making his directorial debut in these releases), talks more about the stories: “Each episode is very unique and shines a light on a different horror genre, from werewolves to monsters to vampires! They have all been very different and a real challenge but very exciting to record because the writing is so good.

“Jessica stepped straight back into the role she made so memorable thirty years before. She is such great fun and brings a real ease and lightness to the role but underpins it with a darkness that lurks beneath.

“Sylvester is always the consummate professional and incredibly fun to be around. He always has lovely little ideas that he slips into the role and his delivery is so unique, playful and beguiling. He always surprises you.

“Putting the Doctor and Mags back together has been very special and these three adventures explore some universally interesting themes, whilst being fun, dark and ultimately a thrilling ride to go on.”

These three Doctor Who Main Range adventures will be available on CD or download on their release in April, May and June 2019.

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