Doctors-in-law fighting Cybermen in Paris catacombs? Big Finish audio opens ‘Gate of Hell’

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As revealed back in January in Doctor Who Magazine #561, the Fifth and Tenth Doctor will be reunited in the Catacombs of Paris in a new Doctor Who audio adventure from Big Finish productions, released June 2.

Doctor Who Out of Time 2 The Gates of Hell

Under the streets of Paris, Peter Davison and David Tennant are teaming up against the Cybermen in the second chapter in the Doctor Who – Out of Time trilogy.

Released today from Big Finish, The Gates of Hell finds the Fifth and Tenth Doctors reunited for a full-cast multi-Doctor audio special which pits the Time Lords against a classic enemy. 

Featuring the two Time Lords versus the Cybermen, Doctor Who – Out of Time: The Gates of Hell is the second of a trilogy of multi-Doctor specials that will pit the Tenth Doctor and one of his former selves against a classic TV enemy. 

Joining Davison and Tennant in the cast are Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula) as Joseph Delon, Shelley Conn (Terra Nova, Liar) as Time Agent Tina Drake, and Nicholas Briggs as the Cybermen.

Doctor Who – Out of Time: The Gates of Hell, written by David Llewellyn, is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD or a digital download from www.bigfinish.com

Paris, 1809. The Fifth Doctor takes a tour of the Catacombs and meets a sassy Time Agent doing the same…  

Paris, 1944. The Tenth Doctor misses his target and lands in occupied France. He hides from the Nazis – in the Catacombs.  

A collision of two Doctors’ timelines triggers a temporal catastrophe, granting the Cybermen dominion over the Earth.  

The Doctors must travel back in time to find the source of the Cyber-invasion and close the Gates of Hell… 

Producer David Richardson said “We’d actually had in mind for some time that it would be brilliant to reunite David and Peter in a Doctor Who story – they were so great together in Time Crash. In fact, the idea of the reunion pre-dates this whole Out of Time series – so I was really pleased that at last we were able to bring them together for the recording.

“It was a lovely day – the ease of working with two people who not only know their characters inside out, but also know each other very well, being family.

The Gates of Hell is really lovely stuff. It features a smashing script from David Llewellyn that shows these two Doctors at their very best, saving the universe together while facing one of their oldest foes. If Children in Need’s Time Crash left you wanting more, then here it is!” 

Of working with his father-in-law, David Tennant said: “It’s rather nice. It’s lovely. I suppose we first met each other in a work environment so it’s quite nice to revisit that.”  

And Peter Davison added: “It was slightly intimidating; what with David and Mark Gatiss in the story, I felt like I had to up my game.” 

Writer David Llewellyn added: “It’s probably a bit of a cliché, but this was ‘dream come true’ stuff. One of my earliest television memories is Peter Davison pushing a Dalek out of a first floor window on Shad Thames, so he always felt like my Doctor, and I welled up a bit when the Tenth Doctor said the same thing in Time Crash.”  

“My brief was simple, just the basic ingredients, and they were all amazing. Fifth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Cybermen. I mean, really. It was like Christmas!”

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