Matt Smith hasn’t yet been pulled into Big Finish Productions’ orbit to star in Doctor Who audio dramas based on his time as the Eleventh Doctor, but there will soon be four new narrated stories about that era available.
“The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles,” coming in August, will be narrated by “The Tenth Doctor Chronicles” presenter Jacob Dudman, with appearances by Danny Horn and Simon Fisher-Becker reprising their roles as Kazran Sardick and Dorium Maldovar, respectively.
Like the ghost of Christmas past, young adult Kazran Sardick is getting another annual yuletide visit from the Doctor, following on from the story of 2010’s televised holiday special “A Christmas Carol.” Something borrowed, something blue? Hopefully Dorium Maldovar can hang onto his head this time; he’s not the most courageous of the Doctor’s acquaintances, but he shows up when it counts. And it sounds like we may hear why Eleven’s final companion, Clara Oswald, thought Jane Austen was such a “phenomenal” kisser.
Read on for Big Finish’s descriptions of the four stories that comprise “The Eleventh Doctor Chronicles.”
“The Calendar Man” by AK Benedict
Answering a cry for help, the Doctor and Amy arrive on a misty colony world – but nobody thinks anything is wrong. Nobody, except for one young woman, hiding in shadows and scribbling in her notebook.
Soon, Amy is on the trail of missing colonists, while the Doctor strides into the fog in search of a fairy-tale.
But time is running out, and the Calendar Man is flicking through the pages of their lives…
“The Top of the Tree” by Simon Guerrier
On one of their annual jaunts, young Kazran Sardick and the Doctor find themselves in trouble when the TARDIS is tangled in the branches of a very strange, very large tree.
They emerge into a habitat where myriad species fight for survival: an ecosystem of deadly flora and fauna, along with a tribe of primitive humans.
This is a mystery which can only be solved by climbing. But what will they find at the top of the tree?
“The Light Keepers” by Roy Gill
Dorium Maldovar has a problem. The self-styled ‘Beacon People’ are bad for business, and now they’re in his shuttle park, digging for mysterious minerals.
When the Doctor crashes into his life once again, Dorium enlists him to find out what these scavengers are really up to inside their lighthouse.
But a lighthouse signals danger – and this beacon was placed to warn of something more ancient and powerful than anyone knows. Something that is returning…
“False Coronets” by Alice Cavender
On the trail of a temporal anomaly, the Doctor and Clara arrive in a London dungeon, where an unlikely prisoner awaits her execution. This is a 19th Century England where the King has been dethroned, and Republicans bearing false coronets hold sway.
While the Doctor seeks out the source of alien interference in the timelines, Clara recruits some local help – and gets invited to a party.
History has gone awry, and Jane Austen must help rewrite it.