Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor goes ‘Into the Stars’ to meet pacifist Sontarans

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Doctor Who – The Ninth Adventures: Into the Stars

Christopher Eccleston stars in Doctor Who – The Ninth Adventures: Into the Stars, released Aug. 17, 2022.

Story details were revealed in May for three brand-new full-cast audio adventures for the Ninth Doctor from Big Finish Productions, including the return of the Sontarans.

Leaving Earth behind for his next box set of audio dramas, the Ninth Doctor meets the Sontarans, but not as we know them – because they’ve evolved. Doctor Who’s most warmongering race have taken up gardening and developed a particular fondness for music! 

Christopher Eccleston said: “The Sontarans are my favourite enemies of Doctor Who and I love this story. The idea of the most evil creature in the galaxy having an off-shoot which is the most peaceful, innocent, and loving is immensely moving and funny.” 

Alongside the Sontarans, these audio adventures also pit the Ninth Doctor against an ancient trickster by the name of Jack Frost, and a circle of gamblers determined to beat the odds at any cost.  

Joining Christopher Eccleston is a galaxy of stars, including comedienne and EastEnders star, Josie Lawrence, and Maureen O’Brien — best known to Doctor Who viewers for playing the First Doctor’s companion Vicki opposite William Hartnell. 
 
The stellar ensemble cast also includes acclaimed actor Pip Torrens (The Crown, Poldark), Pooja Shah (EastEnders, Class), Dan Starkey (Doctor Who), Alice Feetham (Boiling Point, Save Me), Lily Bevan (Doctor Who), Nicholas Colicos (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)Thalissa Teixeira (Ragdoll, Anne Boleyn), and Amy Manson (Spencer, Once Upon a Time). 
 
The Ninth Doctor Adventures: Into the Stars is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition 4-disc CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or a digital download only (for just £19.99) from www.bigfinish.com.

Distant worlds, alien cultures, vessels of exploration – the Doctor is never more at home than when he’s out among the stars.

But that’s where travelers face the greatest dangers, and where the Doctor’s help is needed most… 
 
The three stories in this box set are:  
 
“Salvation Nine” by Timothy X Atack — The Doctor happens upon an unusual outpost – and discovers it is about to be annihilated. To save Salvation Nine, he must rally a people for whom war is an alien concept – and protect the future of the Sontaran race! 
 
“Last Of The Zetacene” by James Kettle — The rich and the criminal rub shoulders on Stage Three spaceport – and play high-stakes games for valuable prizes. The Doctor is always interested in endangered species, and the Zetacene is more endangered than most… 
 
“Break The Ice” by Tim Foley — On a chilly space station, the Doctor meets a group of scientists experimenting with cryogenics. But when one subject returns from extreme sub-zero temperatures, he does not return alone. A creature awakens that can freeze the soul with icy fingers – Jack Frost!

Producer David Richardson said: “The wonderful thing about Doctor Who is that there are so many tones and styles you can play with. If the previous Ninth Doctor box set was laced with heady emotions, then this one goes for fun and fear, running the spectrum between broad laugh out loud comedy and dark claustrophobic terror.”

Eccleston said: “Working with Maureen O’Brien was lovely. She has a very magical quality to her and it was very interesting to hear her tales. 

“I’m not supposed to say this but Salvation Nine is my favourite. I love the script. The idea of the evilest creature in the Galaxy having a peaceful, innocent and loving offshoot is incredibly moving and funny. It’s nice to see the Doctor genuinely surprised. 
 
“In Last Of The Zetacene, I noticed the Doctor’s hard centre. He completely understands the creature’s desire for revenge. It was interesting to revisit that slightly brutal side of the Doctor and at the end, you get an insight into his loneliness.  
 
Break The Ice is brilliantly written which means it’s very easy for the actors to perform it. There was great energy in the studio and an absolutely brilliant villain – Jack Frost!” 

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