Doctor Who has a long-established reputation for terrifying monsters, and the shadowy Vashta Nerada rank high on the list of creepers despite only appearing once on the British sci-fi series. But Big Finish Productions is bringing back the possessive “piranhas of the air” that menaced David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and introduced Alex Kingston’s River Song for a new full-cast audio drama starring Tom Baker.
Big Finish has been jumbling things up lately, introducing a series of audio adventures featuring classic Doctors (from the era before the show’s 2005 return to television) meeting adversaries from the “modern” era of the program.
“Our first volume of ‘Classic Doctors, New Monsters’ really captured the imaginations of our listeners,” said producer David Richardson in an announcement about the story. “They loved the fusion of two different eras of the TV series. And I’m sure they are going to equally love John Dorney’s brilliant ‘Night of the Vashta Nerada,‘ in which the shadowy predators create mayhem in a story straight out of the Philip Hinchcliffe era.”
Hinchcliffe produced Doctor Who from 1974-77, presiding over moody and terrifying Fourth Doctor tales starring Baker such as “Pyramids of Mars,” “The Brain of Morbius,” “The Deadly Assassin” and “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.”
Co-starring with Baker will be Pam Ferris, who appears in TV’s Call the Midwife and co-headlined the gardening-themed mystery drama Rosemary and Thyme (which is much better than it sounds and a personal favorite, so don’t judge me).