Familiar faces, voices in Doctor Who audio drama The Eighth Doctor: Time War Volume 4
As exclusively revealed in issue 550 of Doctor Who Magazine, the Eighth Doctor will come face to face with Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in the next installment of Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who: Time War audio series.
A stellar cast joins this full-cast audio drama alongside Paul McGann as the Doctor, including Rahkee Thakrar (Bliss), Terry Molloy (Davros), Adèle Anderson (Major Tamasan), Ken Bones (the General), Julia McKenzie (the Twelve) and Nicholas Briggs (the Daleks).
The Time War rages through space and time – two powerful enemies in a fight to the death. The Doctor keeps to the fringes of the conflict, helping where he can. He is not a warrior. Not yet. But this war takes no prisoners, and friends and enemies are drawing the Doctor ever closer to his destiny.
The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 is now available as a collector’s edition CD box set and digital download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
The Eighth Doctor and Bliss are dragged into the Time War as the Daleks replenish their army, using Davros himself.
The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 contains four terrifying tales:
4.1 and 4.2 Palindrome by John Dorney — In an alternative universe, Davros lives in peace, until the Doctor and Bliss arrive, and the Daleks emerge in a new reality
4.3 Dreadshade by Lisa McMullin — The Time Lords, including the General and the Twelve, adjust to life after the Time War, until the Doctor and Bliss return with a warning.
4.4 Restoration of the Daleks by Matt Fitton — The Dalek Time Strategist restores the Dalek armies to the universe, but wants to dispense with Davros.
Actor Paul McGann said: “I now quite like the Doctor Who stories where there’s not so much running down corridors, away from the monsters, and explosions, and everything else. Maybe it’s a time of life thing? I quite like the ones where it’s a bit more considered, a bit quieter, closer to mic.
“When you first look at the scripts, as a performer, often the first skim you make you think, Oh yeah, there’s a good scene! Immediately, stuff jumps out at you – the dynamism of things, not just the plots. That’s what I’m like. These stories are rich and very playable.”
Actor Terry Molloy added: “There is a definite thrum of anticipation when I open a Davros script, as I’m always in awe of what new devilment the writers have come up with. It is good (and rightly so) to see Davros involved in the machinations of the Time War and in ways that may not initially be obvious. The creativity of the writers does not in any way disappoint!
“This was the last studio recording I did before lockdown confined me to my home and working alone. The camaraderie and atmosphere of the studio is always a delight for me and it was lovely to be paired up with Paul McGann once more.”
Producer David Richardson said: “Ever since the Time War erupted at Big Finish, we’ve had plans for Davros’s grand entrance into the maelstrom. And here he is – back in our Doctor Who audios after too many years, a good decent man living a happy domestic life with his wife Charn on a thriving, peaceful Skaro… Something must have gone wrong with time…”
Director Helen Goldwyn added: “It never fails to thrill when you’re in studio with characters like Davros and of course the Daleks, as we record with the effect on the voices and can picture the action so clearly. To hear Terry Molloy so immersed in the role of Davros is terrifying and impressive in equal measure! Put him opposite Paul’s Doctor and you know you’re in the presence of two actors of enormous skill and experience.”
The Eighth Doctor – The Time War volume 4 is now available to pre-order from www.bigfinish.com
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.